Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee celebrations end with a show across London


Military bands, dancers, performers and celebrities marched through the streets of London on Sunday to mark the final day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the British throne.

Under leaden skies, open-top buses, vintage cars, Olympic cyclists and troops from Britain and the Commonwealth lined the route the 96-year-old Queen took on her coronation day in 1953. Reflecting Throughout the various decades of the Queen’s reign, dancers dressed in 1950s outfits danced down The Mall – the wide boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace – while Morris Minor cars carried Union 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 flypast, a service of thanksgiving and a sparkling concert.

The Queen has, however, been forced to miss a number of events due to “episodic mobility issues” which have recently seen her cancel engagements. She has been on the throne longer than any of her predecessors. 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.

Emma Woodhouse, a 21-year-old nanny from Norfolk County in the east, had arrived at the mall at 5.30am to get a good view, clutching Union Jack shower caps just in case. “I think everyone is going to be in good spirits,” she told Reuters. “We’re ready to be here come rain or shine.”

NATIONAL TREASURE Hundreds of thousands of royal supporters turned out to watch the events and enjoy picnics in what is for many the first major national public event since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singer Ed Sheeran and more than 100 “national treasures” ranging from former football player Gary Lineker to model Kate Moss, runner Mo Farah and children’s TV puppet Basil Brush were also part of the eccentric parade of 10,000 people. It also included people dressed in flowers, swans and animals, while others danced to Abba.

A series of ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ have taken place across Britain, at around 16,000 street parties. Another 600 such gatherings have taken place around the world, including in Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa. Reflecting the country’s quirky sense of humour, races were held between Corgis, the breed of dog adored by the Queen, while on Saturday the monarch appeared in a comedy skit with Paddington Bear before tapping to the beat of the Queen’s anthem “We Will Rock You”. “.

The final day of the festivities comes after Prince Charles, 73, paid a personal tribute to his mother at the pop concert outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday night. “You have made a lifelong commitment to service – you continue to deliver. That’s why we are here,” he said in his message to the Queen, who was at her Windsor Castle residence, at outside London.

“You have met us and spoken with us. You have laughed and cried with us and, more importantly, you have been there for us, for these 70 years,” Charles added, calling the Queen a “mum”. Elizabeth ascended the throne aged 25 on the death of her father, George VI, in 1952, inheriting dominion from a Britain still emerging from the ravages of World War II and with Winston Churchill as her Prime Minister.

In total, there were 14 British Prime Ministers and 14 American Presidents during his reign; the Berlin Wall has risen and fallen; Britain joined and left the European Union; and his once mighty empire disintegrated, replaced by a Commonwealth of 54 nations. Opinion polls suggest a majority of Britons think the monarchy should stay and a recent Ipsos survey found nine out of 10 respondents support the Queen.

(Additional reporting by Helena Williams Editing by David Holmes, Frances Kerry and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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