On Wednesday June 2, Queen Elizabeth thanked everyone involved in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking the start of the festivities. The four-day celebrations will include parties, parades and bank holidays to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the British throne.
Millions of people across Britain and the world are expected to join in the festivities. Queen Elizabeth (96) reigned longer than any of her predecessors.
“Thank you to everyone involved in bringing together communities, families, neighbors and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the UK and across the Commonwealth,” Elizabeth said in a statement.
“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill that has been shown to me and hope that the next few days will be an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved over the past 70 years as we look to the future. future with confidence and enthusiasm.”
However, a sign of the monarch’s advanced age and recent “episodic mobility” issues which have led her to cancel some engagements, Elizabeth’s personal involvement in the events may be somewhat limited.
The celebrations begin with the Trooping the Color military parade in central London, and for the first time, Elizabeth will receive the salute of 1,500 soldiers and officers from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Other members of the royal family, including her son and heir Prince Charles, 73, and her eldest son, Prince William, 39, will perform other ceremonial duties on her behalf, although much attention be granted to those who will not be present.
The Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew (62), who recently settled a US lawsuit involving allegations of child sexual abuse, is not expected to attend.
Her grandson Prince Harry, who now lives in Los Angeles with his American wife Meghan, will also be absent when the royal family gathers on the palace balcony to watch the flybys of modern and historic Royal Air Force planes after the parade.
There will also be gun salutes in London, across Britain and from Royal Navy ships at sea at midday, while in the evening beacons will be lit across the country and the Commonwealth, the Queen directing the lighting of the Main Platinum Jubilee Beacon to her. Home of Windsor Castle.
(With agency contributions)
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