With more than 16,000 small to large street parties, people in Great Britain celebrated the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne on the first weekend of June.
Party with the most famous British music stars at Buckingham Palace
But by far the biggest party that day took place in front of Buckingham Palace in London. 22,000 spectators gathered in front of the three stages, where Queen & Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran, among others, performed, and another 13.4 million watched the BBC mega-event live on television. To light the main stages, Buckingham Palace and the Tree of Trees sculpture designed by Heatherwick Studio, Version 2 Lights supplied more than 600 cameo fixtures, including over 60 of the new OTOS® H5 hybrid outdoor all-rounder.
More than 600 Cameo spotlights provide colorful accents
In total, the forecourt of the world-famous Buckingham Palace, as well as the palace itself, was illuminated by 62 OTOS® H5, 156 ZENIT® W600, 392 FLAT PRO 7 G2 and 72 FLAT PRO 12 G2. The lighting design was created by Nigel Catmur. Nigel used the cameo spotlights for the numerous live performances of the biggest British pop stars as well as for the moving speeches of heir to the throne Prince Charles and his son Prince William. Above all, the new superstars in the Cameo portfolio – the OTOS® H5 Beam-Spot-Wash Hybrid Moving Heads – played a central role in the visual staging of the anniversary party, which was broadcast worldwide. Prominently placed on high truss platforms, the OTOS® H5s beautifully framed the action and sent impressive beams into the royal evening sky.
The ZENIT® W600 LED Outdoor Wash Lights also played an important role in the lighting design of the Platinum Party. With their massive luminous flux of 21,000 lm, the wash lights provided powerful and uniform illumination of the stage during daylight and evening hours. In addition, the Cameo FLAT PRO 12 G2 RGBWA outdoor LED spotlights were integrated into the stage floor via circular cutouts. The even more compact FLAT PRO 7 G2 additionally set colored accents at various positions in the stage set.
Emotional speeches by the two heirs to the throne
Very special moments were provided by the members of the royal family themselves. In addition to Prince Charles, who paid tribute to the Queen’s lifelong selfless service, Prince William in particular impressed with an emotional appeal for environmental protection and the power of cohesion in difficult times.
The following Cameo products were used:
62x OTOS® H5
156x ZENIT® W600
392x FLAT PRO® 7 G2
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