The parade section, 'A Sharing of Gifts', is led by our lead Carnival Queen character ‘The Spirit of Courage’ representing HRH coming to the throne as a young woman and her courageous leadership throughout her 70 year reign. Designed by Iola Weir, the Carnival queen is played by Cheddar Gorgeous, a leading drag artist from Manchester celebrating our world famous Canal Street and the incredible diversity of our communities. Indeed, Cheddar is northern drag royalty.
Our Queen is riding her horse drawing inspiration from HRH’s beloved horse Burmese - famously HRH much preferred to ride a horse than the royal chariot. In the 1981 Trooping of the Colour, HRH was shot at 6 times. Her horse panicked, but she took gentle control of the situation with great courage, calming her horse, and was seen smiling and continuing with the parade, waving to spectators as she passed.
In our lead image our Queen and her horse are riding over the waves, the base representing the hull of a ship acknowledging her journey across the world and her journey through life as the worlds most travelled monarch.
Our Queen will be dressed in a gold costume, with a neck piece inspired by Trooping of the Colours uniform. The Carnival backpack piece is inspired by longitude and latitude lines adorned with gold globes and planets – the world and universe both as a physical and spiritual journey. Her headdress, based on a mariner's astrolabe, cradles a globe showing the unity that is achieved with the open sharing and understanding of culture and heritage. A 5-metre hand painted silk sail flag with hand woven, heritage quality silk from Murshidabad will be printed with gold, metallic ink designs inspired by maps, compasses, universe and galaxies.
Sea/Waves – blues, turquoise, gold leaf
Shell – gold, corals, bronze, golden yellows
Queen – gold dress, headdress golds, whites, blue & greens for globe
Backpack – gold
Silk – Golden yellow, buttercup yellow, mustard, gold & bronze print
Designed by Iola Weir