‘Deeply touched’ Queen thanks subjects for Platinum Jubilee

In a crowning moment for her platinum jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II greeted tens of thousands of adoring crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Sunday, delighting fans hoping to catch a glimpse of him on the final day of festivities marking the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

The 96-year-old monarch has reduced her schedule in recent months due to difficulties in getting around. Before Sunday, the Queen had only appeared in public twice – both on Thursday – during the four-day holiday weekend celebrations.

Officials said she felt “discomfort” during these events.

Huge crowds that lined the mall outside the palace for the climax of a loud and colorful spectacle cheered as the monarch emerged onto the balcony with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and Prince William and his family .

The Queen returns to the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The Queen makes a surprise appearance on the palace balcony

It was an image for the history books and a glimpse into the future of the monarchy, with the Queen’s three heirs – her 73-year-old son Charles, her eldest grandson William and her great-grandson – eldest son Prince George – by his side.

The queen, dressed in bright green, waved and smiled after the crowd sang “God Save The Queen”. Her appearance, which lasted just a few minutes, was followed by a much-loved performance of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”

It was an uplifting finale to a massive street spectacle celebrating the Queen’s life and highlighting Britain’s diversity. Thousands of people took to the streets of London, many speaking enthusiastically and proudly about their Queen and their country.

The Queen appeared alongside other members of the Royal Family at the end of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (AP)

“We were completely overwhelmed. We all came in patriotic and excited in ways we didn’t think we were going to,” said Veronica Timperley, 75, who watched with her daughter Kate.

Afterwards, the monarch released a statement thanking everyone who celebrated her platinum jubilee.

“When it comes to marking seventy years as queen, there is no guide to follow. It really is a first,” she said.

“But I was touched and deeply touched that so many people took to the streets to celebrate my platinum jubilee.

Soldiers parade during the Platinum Jubilee pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London. (AP)

“While I may not have attended every event 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.”

Sunday’s spectacle began with a spectacular military parade with 200 horses marching through the Mall to Buckingham Palace. They flanked the Golden Carriage, a golden horse-drawn carriage that carried the Queen to her coronation 69 years ago. A virtual version of her, taken from archival video of her 1953 coronation, was shown at the coach windows.

After the pomp and pageantry came a mix of acts celebrating the diversity of modern Britain and the Commonwealth, from hip-hop and Bollywood dancers to drag queens and Mardi Gras-style floats.

Some 6,000 performers marched along a two-mile route lined with a sea of ​​Union flags, telling the Queen’s life story with dancing, vintage cars, vibrant costumes, carnival music and giant puppets.

Diana Ross performs at the Platinum Jubilee Concert. (AP)

Some of Britain’s most beloved cultural exports were here, from the Daleks in ‘Doctor Who’ to the sleek Aston Martins of James Bond. Celebrities, including singer Cliff Richard, danced and sang in open-top double-decker buses designed to represent the sights and sounds of every decade, starting with the 1950s.

“It’s a huge honor to be a part of this. We have the best queen in the world, right? The best country in the world,” said Warren Jobson, a motorcyclist who participated in the parade.

The contest was watched by around one billion people worldwide, organizers said.

The most avid royal fans braved the wet and cold weather and camped out on the mall overnight to ensure the best view of the show.

Some came to see the celebrities who performed – like Ed Sheeran, who sang his song ‘Perfect’ while a huge video screen showed photos of the Queen and her family – while others just wanted to be part of it. of a historic moment.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II is seen in a golden carriage during the Platinum Jubilee pageant. (AP)

“It’s history, it’ll never happen again. It’s something special, so if you want to do it, you have to go big or go home,” said Shaun Wallen, 50.

The Queen did not join her family in the royal box to watch the show. Neither did Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who made their first family trip to the UK since stepping back from royal duties and moving to the US in 2020.

The couple came to the UK for the big holiday weekend, but remained largely out of the spotlight.

Thousands of people rushed into the mall after the parade ended on Sunday in a bid to see the Queen, filling the huge expanse within minutes.

On Saturday, the monarch delighted the country when she appeared in a surprise comedy video that opened an evening concert outside Buckingham Palace. In the video, the monarch enjoyed tea with a computer-animated Paddington Bear.

She revealed that just like the furry bear, she loves marmalade sandwiches and likes to keep them in her purse.

Members of the local community participate in the grand Jubilee luncheon at “the long table”. (AP)

Diana Ross and rock band Queen headlined the all-star tribute concert, which also included Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.

Charles highlighted his mother’s role as a symbol of unity and stability over the decades during the concert.

Addressing the Queen as “Your Majesty, Mum”, Charles said: “You laugh and cry with us and more importantly you have been there for us for these 70 years.”

Millions of people across the country marked the occasion with patriotic street parties and barbecues, lining the streets with long tables, balloons and picnic dishes.

On Sunday, Charles and Camilla mingled with crowds at The Oval cricket ground in London for a “Big Jubilee Lunch”.

Veteran David Godwin, celebrating at a street party in central London, said the Queen had ‘brought us together again’.

“She reflects the country and right now the country is in turmoil and we are on top,” he said.

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