‘Deeply humbled’ Queen makes surprise appearance at end of Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Queen Elizabeth II described being “deeply humbled and deeply touched” as military bands, dancers, performers and celebrities marched through the streets of London to mark the final day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrating 70 years on the British throne.

There was no guide to deciding how to mark 70 years as Queen, the 96-year-old monarch joked in a statement posted by Buckingham Palace on Twitter.

“While I may not have attended all of the events in person, my heart is with you all and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family,” the Queen said.

“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and relatedness that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope that this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.”

Under blazing skies, open-top buses, vintage cars, Olympic cyclists and troops from Britain and the Commonwealth lined the route the Queen took on her coronation day in 1953.

Reflecting the different decades of the Queen’s reign, dancers dressed in 1950s outfits danced down The Mall – the wide boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace – as Morris Minor cars displayed Union Jack flags and honked their horns.

The Gold State Coach that ferried the Queen to Westminster Abbey to be crowned there in 1953 has been seen in public for the first time in 20 years.

Sunday’s show in central London was due to conclude the fourth and final day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which was marked by a military parade, a Royal Air Force flyover, a service of thanksgiving and a concert sparkling.

Prince Louis sits on Prince Charles’ lap, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Princess Anne (R).(PA: Chris Jackson)

The monarch was not present at the start of the parade, with her son and heir apparent Prince Charles and grandson Prince William watching from the seating area outside Buckingham Palace.

However, the Queen delighted Platinum Jubilee revelers by making an unscheduled appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to conclude the four days of celebrations.

Dressed in bright green, the Queen smiled and waved as she appeared alongside Charles, William and her eldest, George. Charles’ wife Camilla, William’s wife Kate and their two young children made up the unusually small family group on the balcony.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd at the Platinum Jubilee pageant outside Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II made a much-anticipated appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wrap up the four days of celebrations.(PA: Alberto Pezzali,)

“National Treasures”

During the Queen’s appearance, a celebrity chorus including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal took part in a mass rendition of God Save The Queen.

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