Buckingham Palace to get huge new addition to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


A huge sculpture, measuring in at 70ft high, is to be erected outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and will tower over the palace gates. It will form the centerpiece of Jubilee celebrations at the palace

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Buckingham Palace is to get a huge new feature to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.

A massive sculpture made up of 350 British native trees is to be erected outside the palace that will be 70ft high.

An artist’s impression shows how the structure, made up of small trees in aluminum pots “sprouting” from timber-plank branches, will tower over the palace gates during the four-day bank holiday weekend in June.

It will form a centerpiece of celebrations at the palace, which will include a live pop concert to be held in front of 10,000 people.

The sculpture was announced today which is Earth Day, with Prince Charles also marking the occasion with an environmental project for children.







An artists’ impression of the new tree sculpture that is to be erected outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Jubilee
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The “Tree of Trees” sculpture, created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, reflects the planting of more than a million Jubilee trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).

The initiative, which spans two official tree-planting seasons, has already seen thousands of people planting Jubilee saplings across the UK to create a canopy of green in tribute to the monarch’s 70 years of service to the nation.







How the front of Buckingham Palace currently looks
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The trees that make up the sculpture will be gifted to community groups and organizations at the start of the next planting season in October.

Royal tree planting has long been a staple duty for the Windsors and is usually used to commemorate official visits.

During her reign, the Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees across the world.







Sophie Wessex with schoolchildren who planted a tree in the grounds of Buckingham Palace last month
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Mr Heatherwick, whose past designs include London’s Coal Drops Yard and office buildings for Google, said it was an “honour” to work on the project.

He said: “The structure, created from 350 British native trees and recycled steel, is coming together from workshops and nurseries across the country as one part of an incredible community campaign that’s literally changing the landscape of our nation.”

The sculpture is partly made from old surplus steel and materials are being sourced from UK suppliers to minimize transportation, energy use and waste.

The Prince of Wales marked Earth Day by challenging children to draw or write about keeping the planet healthy.

In a video message released by the Prince’s Foundation, Charles said: “Take out a blank piece of paper and draw, paint or write about the future you would like to see, one that puts nature at the heart of everything we do.

“That way we can share our ideas with as many people as possible.

“And together we can help make our planet strong and healthy for generations to come.”

The prince’s words are from the foreword he wrote for It’s Up To Us, a book for children explaining the Terra Carta, a roadmap to sustainability.

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