The Queen appeared from Buckingham Palace with a cane to start four days of events – but royals were missing.
The Queen appeared from Buckingham Palace with a cane to start four days of public events to mark her historic Platinum Jubilee, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign.
The 96-year-old was seen using a cane as she made her way to the balcony with her cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 86. She was later joined by extended family, but there were a few big names left out. the photo session.
Although his appearance at the event was in doubt after facing mobility issues, the help of a cane and good health over the past few weeks has enabled the monarch to receive the salute from the mounted troops from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, under the flying royal standard.
She was pictured in the same sky blue suit she wore for the official portrait released yesterday.
Traditionally, extended members of the Royal Family usually gather on the balcony of the palace to watch a flypast and although there were still large numbers of people who gathered, this year has been drastically changed by His Majesty the last month, ordering that only working royals can appear on the balcony – excluding Harry, Meghan and a number of other notable names.
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“After careful consideration, The Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Balcony Trooping the Color appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family who are currently carrying out official public duties on behalf of the queen,” he added. a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.
Meghan Markle was playfully spotted silence some of the royal children during his first reunion with the family since “Megxit”.
Meghan and Harry, who landed in the UK yesterday, would be joined by Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall at the Major General’s office overlooking the parade.
Prince Andrew was however nowhere to be found, instead he was photographed on horseback 40 kilometers away in Windsor.
He was supposed to join the Queen at her Thanksgiving service until he tested positive for Covid overnight. He saw the queen a few days earlier.
On the balcony, the Queen was joined by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine , Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Earlier, the first members of the royal family were spotted for the start of the celebration.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was spotted in the back of a car as she was driven along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Color Parade. Prince Charles accompanied her in full military dress.
She then joined Kate Middleton waving to the crowds in a horse-drawn carriage alongside Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte for their Trooping the Color ride.
Kate stunned in a white Alexander McQueen dress she has worn before while George, the eldest and third in line to the throne, wore a dark suit and tie, while Louis wore a sailor suit and Charlotte wore a blue dress.
Prince William took part in the procession on horseback dressed in military uniform.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James were also among the cars.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara, was also spotted while her husband, Mike Tindall, posted on Instagram: “I’m really looking forward to the next four days and celebrating one of the greatest women of this planet.”
Trooping The Colour, also known as Queen’s Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by British Army regiments that has taken place since the mid-17th century.
It marks the official birthday of the British sovereign.
This year, from June 2 to June 5, 2022, there is the additional celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on February 6, 1952.
Huge crowds converged on central London in glorious sunshine on Thursday to mark the occasion.
From early morning a steady stream of people, many clutching Union flags and picnic baskets, headed for The Mall near Buckingham Palace, where the 96-year-old monarch will make two appearances later .
Ambulance worker Gilbert Falconer, 65, traveled from Scotland to attend the event, which is taking place to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
“It’s very meaningful,” added fellow viewer Daniel Marmah.
She has had to drastically reduce her public appearances since last year due to difficulty standing and walking – and a bout with Covid.
The centuries-old ceremony has already seen the Queen take the salute on horseback herself.
Charles’s youngest son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, on a rare visit from California, will join the Royal Family in watching the display of military precision, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
She will come back to the balcony later.
As night falls, the Queen will be at Windsor Castle, west London, to take part in a ceremony to light more than 3,000 lighthouses across the country and Commonwealth of 54 nations she leads .
Elizabeth was a 25-year-old princess when she succeeded her father, King George VI, in 1952, bringing a rare touch of glamor to a battered nation still suffering from food rations after World War II.
Britain’s first and quite possibly only platinum jubilee will see street parties, pop concerts and parades until Sunday.
She could still make one final appearance – again from the palace balcony – on Sunday, at the climax of a huge public spectacle involving 6,000 performers.
“I know many happy memories will be created on these festive occasions,” she said.
Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, caused shock waves in early 2020 when they moved to North America, from where they publicly criticized royal life.
Since then, she has struggled with her health, as well as the fallout from Andrew’s ties to convicted sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Attention is increasingly turning to succession and the future of the monarchy in the country and in the 14 other Commonwealth countries where the Queen is also head of state.
— with AFP
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