Queen Elizabeth welcomes Jubilee crowds, but will miss Friday service

On Thursday June 3, Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom greeted the jubilant crowd from the famous balcony of Buckingham Palace. Its Platinum Jubilee celebrations will see four days of pomp, parties and parades. Queen Elizabeth has been British monarch for 70 years, longer than any of her predecessors. However, the Queen will skip the Thanksgiving service on Friday. The palace said this was due to the “episodic mobility issues” the Queen faces.

The 96-year-old monarch was accompanied on the balcony by her family.

“The Queen enjoyed the birthday parade and today’s flypast very much, but felt some discomfort,” the palace said.

“Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”

Tens of thousands of royal supporters lined the streets of London for a military parade.

Queen Elizabeth was holding a cane. She wore a teal outfit which she also wore for an official Jubilee photo. She was joined on the balcony by her son and heir apparent Prince Charles (73) and other members of the royal family.

As the family waved to the crowds and enjoyed a Royal Air Force flyover, Louis – Prince William’s 4-year-old son – plugged his ears and screamed as planes roared overhead . Later, he jumped up and down as Red Arrow jets launched red, white and blue trails of smoke.

Elizabeth has been on the throne longer than any of her predecessors and is the third longest reigning monarch of a sovereign state. Opinion polls show that she remains hugely popular and respected among Britons.

World leaders including US President Joe Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis and former British prime ministers were among those sending messages of goodwill.

“Thank you to all who have been involved in bringing together communities, families, neighbors and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the UK and across the Commonwealth,” the Queen said in a statement at the start. festivities.

“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me.”

(With agency contributions)

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