LONDON (AB) – At the climax of her Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Sunday, delighting fans who believed she would see him on the final day of the King’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Throne.
The 96-year-old king has cut his schedule due to moving problems in recent months. Prior to Sunday, the Queen appeared in public only twice during the four-day holiday weekend celebrations. Authorities said he experienced “discomfort” during those events on Thursday.
Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the culmination of a lively, colorful competition.
After the people belted, “God save the queen,” the bright green-clad queen waved and smiled. Her appearance, which lasted only a few minutes, then delighted the crowd at ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” show.
This is the final match for a major street competition celebrating the Queen’s life and highlighting Britain’s diversity. Thousands of people gathered in the streets of London, many talking enthusiastically and proudly about their queen and country.
The race began on Sunday with a spectacular military parade of 200 horses marching from the mall to Buckingham Palace. They rode a gilded chariot of the Golden State coach that took the Queen to her coronation ceremony 69 years ago. His virtual version, drawn from the archive video of his 1953 coronation ceremony, was displayed in the coach’s windows.
After luxury and competition, there is a mix of activities celebrating the diversity of modern Britain and the Commonwealth, from hip hop and Bollywood dancers to track queens and Marty cross style floats. About 6,000 artists marched in a sea line of Union flags for three kilometers (almost two miles), telling the story of the Queen’s life with dance, vintage cars, vibrant costumes, festival music and giant toys.
Here are some of Britain’s most coveted cultural exports, from the deluxe in “Doctor Who” to James Bond’s elegant Aston Martins. Celebrities, including singer Cliff Richard, danced and danced on open-top double-decker buses designed to reflect the scenes and sounds of each decade, beginning in the 1950s.
“It’s a great honor to be a part of this, we’ve got the best queen in the world, haven’t we? The best country in the world,” said biker Warren Jobson, who took part in the parade.
Organizers expected the match to be watched by 1 billion people worldwide.
Eager royal fans bravely faced the wet, cold weather and camped in the mall overnight to preserve the best view of the match. When pictures of the Queen and her family were shown on a large video screen – some came to see celebrities like Ed Sheeran who sang her song – others wanted to be part of a historic moment.
“It’s part of history, it’s not going to happen again. It’s something special, so if you’ve going to do that, you have to go big or go home,” said 50-year-old Shawn Wallen.
The Queen did not see the match in the royal box with her family. Prince Harry and his wife, Megan, have not made the first family trip to the UK since stepping down from government office and moving to the United States in 2020. The couple came to the UK for the big holiday weekend, but mostly stayed out. Light during the Platinum Jubilee events.
With the parade over and thousands of people finishing in an attempt to see the Queen, the enormous expansion filled in a matter of minutes.
The King delighted the nation when he appeared in a surprising comedy video that kicked off a concert on Saturday in front of Buckingham Palace. In the video, The king drank tea with the computer-animated Paddington bear – Also, like the furry character, he revealed that he takes marmalade sandwiches to some extent and wants to keep them in his handbag.
Diana Ross and rock band Queen led the Saturday night star-studded tribute concert, which also featured Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.
Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest son and heir to the throne, exemplified his mother’s role as a symbol of unity and stability for decades.
Calling the Queen “Her Majesty, Mommy,” Charles said: “You are laughing and crying with us. Most importantly, you have been for us for these 70 years.”
On Sunday, Charles and his wife, Camila, attended a meeting for the “Big Jubilee Lunch” at the Oval Cricket Ground in London.
Millions across the country have set up long tables, balloons and tour fares for similar patriotic street parties and barbecues.
Jo Kearney, Srdjan Nedeljkovic and Maria Grazia Murru contributed to this report.
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