Queen's Diamond Jubilee London, 2012

d3 projects huge video images on Buckingham Palace as part of the Diamond Jubilee Concert


To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, a huge concert was staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London. A highlight in a string of festivities nationwide, the event featured a vast range of high-profile artists including Kylie, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Madness and Sir Paul McCartney.

An innovative crown shaped stage was built around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, with a spectacular lighting, projection and firework show to celebrate the event.

The d3 solution

Treatment Studios were hired by the BBC to produce the content to be projected onto Buckingham Palace during the highlight of the live Jubilee concert. Sam Pattinson, Creative Director of Treatment Studios, has a long-standing relationship with d3, having used it on U2 tours as well as Elton John and Take That. Pattinson mentions that d3 is Treatment Studio’s preferred system to work with, due to its abilities to accurately simulate the event in 3D before even going on-site.

Using 36 20K Barco HD projectors, provided by XL Video UK, d3 provided the video mapping and playback, of video on the Palace. The show as a whole was directed by show designer Durham Marenghi, with architectural lighting provided by Neg Earth.

d3 setup

A laser scanner was used to create a highly accurate 3D model of the building and then prepared by 3D modeler and artist Nils Porrmann in order to set up the d3 stage, providing Treatment Studio with a content template to work on.

Chris Bird, Director at d3 Technologies, says:

We’ve known Sam since 2003 and to get the chance to do such a monumental event together is just fantastic. At d3 Technologies we understand the importance of 3D simulation of your event “ especially with a very limited time-frame for your show or other complications like high-level security on-site. We have over 10 years of experience in the live events industry, and we know that simply relying on €˜rehearsal time€™ is often just not good enough. Especially with events like this, you want to prove in advance that your project is going to look amazing.€

d3 Consultancy, d3 Technologies€™ experienced in-house technical solutions team, assisted with the production including sequencing to the music, synchronizing to timecode and operating the show.

Read the Telegraph Review here.

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Content Producer:


Animations by:

Damian Hale, Mark Hough, Terry Scruby, Trunk Animation, Gareth Blayney, Luke Halls, David Shepherd

d3 project setup:

Dandelion and Burdock

d3 operator:

Luke Collins

System Integrator:

XL Video UK


d3 gear:

1 x d3 4U v2.5 Pure Master
2 x d3 4U v2.5 Slave
1 x d3 4U v2.5 Understudy
1 x d3 Designer on laptop


36 x BARCO HD20 projectors

Screen tracking:

1 × 16×16 Lightware DVI


1 × 16×16 Lightware DVI

Other equipment:

6 x Barco Image Pro