THE UK Government will erect screens in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens for crowds to watch events being held to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The screens will be provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which is also launching an activity pack for children to learn about The Queen’s reign, including articles about how the country has changed in the last seven decades, opportunities to colour in a corgi or crown and bunting to decorate for street parties.

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The event will be one of many across the country with similar plans scheduled for London and Cardiff.

Organisers say thousands will be able to host picnics and watch the celebrations with a backdrop of Edinburgh Castle with entertainment provided by the Royal Marines and local performers.

Events are being arranged in town halls, community centres and streets to show live programmes throughout the weekend without needing to purchase a licence. 

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: "Watching the celebrations on the big screens the UK Government is setting up around the country is a great way for people to really get involved and soak up the atmosphere of this fabulous occasion.

"We're looking forward to a great family-focused event in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh where people can bring a picnic, enjoy the weekend's festivities and raise a glass to Her Majesty to mark her 70-year reign."

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BBC Director-General Tim Davie said: “I am delighted we are helping to bring people together to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and I’m looking forward to seeing our coverage on big screens up and down the UK, as we mark this wonderful occasion.”