A giant screen will be set up in Cardiff to broadcast jubilee celebrations.

The screens - which will also be placed in The Mall in London and in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens across the bank holiday weekend - will show events taking places to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign, including Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving, a concert and a pageant.

They've been organised by the UK government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The department has also launched an activity pack for children to help them learn about the Queen’s reign, including articles about how the country has changed in the last seven decades.

More than 70,000 big Jubilee lunches are planned in the four UK nations over the weekend, with an expected 10 million people set to sit down with their neighbours on June 5, DCMS said.

The National Wales: The screens will be erected in Bute Park over the Jubilee weekend. (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)The screens will be erected in Bute Park over the Jubilee weekend. (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)

Plans for the Jubilee have already caused controversy in Wales, centred largely on a "commemorative book" about the monarch's reign, which is to be sent to schoolchildren across the UK at a cost of almost £12 million. 

The book is reportedly intended to help children understand how the four nations "came together" as the United Kingdom, and will include details of Owain Glyndwr’s “rebellion” against the English in 1400 to “take the title of ‘Prince of Wales”. 

It will also include "famous quotes" from the Queen, along with details about the lives of significant figures from Commonwealth countries, such as former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Schools in Wales will have to request copies of the book, instead of being provided them automatically - with the Welsh Government reportedly having judged it “too Anglocentric” and not reflective of the devolved nature of UK governance. 

The move led Welsh Conservatives to brand Labour "the true nasty party", calling the decision "spiteful".

During the upcoming bank holiday weekend, Bute Park in Cardiff city centre, will host an afternoon of celebrations.

Families will be invited to view the Jubilee pageant on a large screen along with entertainment from the bandstand.

Events taking place in London will be broadcast on BBC, Sky and ITV, and the BBC is offering local communities a one-off TV licence dispensation so they can broadcast events on a big screen they organise themselves.


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UK government Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “In less than a month we will come together as a nation and Commonwealth to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign.

“No other British monarch has reached this milestone and we will celebrate it with tradition, pomp and circumstance.

“I hope that people and communities across the country will come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty – whether that be to watch on big screens or toasting Her Majesty at a Big Jubilee Lunch with their neighbours or coming together in their local village hall.”

Additional reporting: Rebecca Wilks

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