Jubilee pageant circles globe

Queen Elzabeth II meets Huasos riders and dancers from Chile during a tea party for the cast of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor
Queen Elzabeth II meets Huasos riders and dancers from Chile during a tea party for the cast of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

An audience was taken on a journey around the world in 90 minutes tonight at one of the main events marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The four-night Diamond Jubilee Pageant, in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, began on Thursday and will come to an end today with a special performance in front of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, organisers said.

The event includes more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Mexican singers and dancers, Cook Island dancers, New South Wales Mounted Police and Aborigines, Dhol drummers and dancers, and the Omani Mounted Activity Ride.

Tomorrow night singer Susan Boyle and entertainer Rolf Harris are among the stars to feature in the show.

Simon Brooks Ward, who is directing and producing the pageant, said he was remaining optimistic about the weather, especially for the Queen's visit tomorrow.

He said that the stage, which is a giant replica of Buckingham Palace - 45 metres (148ft) wide and 26 metres (85ft) high, was chosen because the Queen's London residence is the "epicentre" of the UK.

The show will be broadcast on ITV1 next month.