A SPECTACULAR series of events will be held in East Cowes to celebrate the bicentennial of Queen Victoria's birth.

Events will be held over the late May bank holiday weekend, including a horse and carriage procession through the town, a seafront festival with live music, theatre and dancing, a Victorian-themed day of entertainment and even a modern day grand exhibition.

Guests at the event will include international dignitaries — the Indian high commissioner and the Mayor of Coburg — and the descendants of Abdul Karim, one of Queen Victoria's favourite attendants, as told in the film Victoria and Abdul.

The celebrations will start on Friday, May 24, with the opening of Queen Victoria's birthday trail at Osborne House and a civic reception attended by the international guests and local councillors.

On the Saturday, there will be a Victorian Day in the town square with music, swing boats and fancy dress, and a town hall show in the evening complete with a Victorian time machine.

There will be an RNLI open day on the Sunday, followed by a grand procession featuring horse and carriages, vintage cars and marching bands, which will leave Osborne House at 11am.

The Esplanade Festival takes place from noon till 9pm, featuring live music on two stages, children's entertainment, a mini theatre and Morris dancing. Victorian fancy dress is encouraged.

The entertainment continues on bank holiday Monday with a grand exhibition in the town, community beach clean and a talk on Marie of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's granddaughter and the last Queen of Romania, at St Mildred's Church.