Coronation Festival underway

Today is the first day of a festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

Road chaos near Buckingham Palace 'could last two days'

Thousands of guests attending the start of the four-day Coronation Festival starting today had to contend with road closures near Buckingham Palace caused by a burst water main.

The closures affected parts of Buckingham Gate, Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace Road, with some buses having to be diverted.

Transport for London advised road users to avoid the Victoria area if possible and said the problem could last for two days.

Queen's coronation festival celebrates best of British

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation at a festival showcasing leading British companies.

Organised by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, the event will feature more than 200 of the brands which have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation at a festival showcasing leading British companies. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Over the next three evenings the gardens will also host a performance of music and dance highlighting cultural life during the Queen's six-decade reign.

Stars such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins, Katie Melua and the English National Ballet will perform.

The stage and seating area in the garden of Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Festival to mark coronation anniversary starts today

A festival at Buckingham Palace to mark the sixtieth Anniversary of the Queen's coronation starts today.

It's theme is 'The best of British'- including food, fashion and cars.

There's also a concert in the Palace gardens tonight,with artists including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and The Feeling.

The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and other Members of the Royal Family will attend a preview of the festival today, before it opens to the public tomorrow.