The royal flag has been raised over Buckingham Palace, suggesting the Queen Elizabeth II could seem in the course of the closing day of festivities marking her 70 years on the throne.
Generally known as the Royal Customary, the flag is just flown over one of many palaces when the queen is in residence.
The 96-year-old queen has solely appeared in public twice in the course of the four-day Platinum Jubilee, damping the festivities for some followers who had hoped to catch a glimpse of the monarch. Elizabeth has curtailed her schedule in latest months as a consequence of issues shifting round.
The final time the usual was raised at Buckingham Palace was on Thursday, earlier than Elizabeth stood on the balcony and waved to supporters following the Queen’s Birthday Parade. Later the identical day, she took half in a nationwide beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor Fortress, the royal residence 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of London the place she has spent a lot of the previous two years.
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A colourful avenue pageant celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s life and highlighting Britain’s variety paraded by means of central London on Sunday, the ultimate day of an extended vacation weekend honoring the monarch’s 70 years on the throne. Royal followers had been hoping to see one other glimpse of the 96-year-old queen later at Buckingham Palace, the place the parade ends.
With the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey, a spectacular army parade that includes 200 horses started the ceremony as they marched down the Mall to Buckingham Palace. They flanked the gold state coach, a gilded carriage that transported the queen to her coronation 69 years in the past.
The queen did not participate within the pageant — although a digital model of her, drawn from archival video from her 1953 coronation, was proven on the coach’s home windows.
After the pomp and pageantry got here a melange of acts celebrating the variety of contemporary Britain and the Commonwealth, from hip hop and Bollywood dancers to tug queens and Mardi Gras model floats. Some 6,000 performers paraded alongside a three-kilometer (practically two-mile) route lined with a sea of Union flags, telling the story of the queen’s life with dance, classic automobiles, vibrant costumes, carnival music and big puppets.
A few of Britain’s best-loved cultural exports had been right here, from the Daleks in “Physician Who” to James Bond’s Aston Martins. Celebrities together with singer Cliff Richard danced and sang from open-top double decker buses meant to characterize the sights and sounds of every decade from the Fifties.
1000’s of individuals turned out on London’s streets, and spectators and members alike spoke of pleasure and pleasure of their queen and nation.
“It’s an enormous honor to be a part of this, we’ve acquired the perfect queen on the planet, don’t we? Finest nation on the planet,” stated Warren Jobson, a biker who took half within the parade.
Organizers say the pageant is anticipated to be watched by 1 billion individuals all over the world.
The keenest royal followers braved the moist, chilly climate and camped out on the Mall in a single day to safe the perfect view of the pageant. Some got here for the celebrities who shall be performing, whereas others wished to be a part of a historic second.
“It’s a part of historical past, it’s by no means going to occur once more. It’s one thing particular, so if you’ll do it you’ve acquired to go large or go house,” stated Shaun Wallen, 50.
The queen didn’t be a part of her household within the royal field watching the pageant. Nor did Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, who made their first household journey to the U.Ok. since they stepped away from royal duties and moved to the U.S. in 2020. The couple has largely stayed out of the limelight in the course of the Platinum Jubilee occasions.
The monarch hasn’t appeared in public for the Platinum Jubilee occasions since Thursday, when she smiled and waved on Buckingham Palace’s balcony along with her household. She has restricted her appearances in latest months as a consequence of what the palace describes as “episodic mobility points.” She additionally had COVID-19 this spring.
Nonetheless, she delighted the nation when she appeared in a shock comedy video that opened a live performance Saturday staged in entrance of Buckingham Palace. Within the video, the monarch had tea with a computer-animated Paddington Bear — and revealed that, identical to the furry character, she was a fan of marmalade sandwiches and preferred to maintain them in her purse.
Diana Ross and the rock band Queen headlined the star-studded tribute live performance Saturday evening, which additionally featured Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.
Prince Charles, the queen’s eldest son and inheritor to the throne, highlighted his mom’s function as an emblem of unity and stability by means of the a long time.
Addressing the queen as “Your Majesty, mummy,” Charles stated: “You chuckle and cry with us and, most significantly, you’ve gotten been there for us for these 70 years.”
On Sunday, Charles and his spouse, Camilla, mingled with crowds at The Oval cricket floor in London for a “Huge Jubilee Lunch.” Tens of millions throughout the nation likewise set out lengthy tables, balloons and picnic fare for related patriotic avenue events and barbeques.
Later Sunday, celebrities together with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will belt out “God Save The Queen” outdoors Buckingham Palace as a finale to the pageant. Many hope that the monarch will make a second balcony look to cap the weekend of celebrations.
Jo Kearney, Srdjan Nedeljkovic and Maria Grazia Murru contributed to this report.