A huge parade was held in London, and there were thousands of patriotic lunches among neighbors (Jubilee lunches). Sunday marked the end of 70 years of the historic reign Queen Elizabeth II. Unfortunately, she is not able to attend due to declining health.
Buckingham Palace has yet to confirm whether the 96 year-old monarch, who is unable to walk due to his condition, will make a final appearance during the parade that will conclude outside the palace in late afternoon.
Elizabeth II, who is known for her senses of humor and her sense of duty, had a pleasant surprise for her subjects Saturday night: she had filmed a short video in which she enjoyed tea with Paddington bear (a clumsy symbol of British children’s literature). . The opening of the huge concert in front Buckingham Palace was synchronized by her beating the clock with a silver spoon and porcelain cup. Similar to the 2012 video she shot for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, the video had been viewed over 2 million times by Sunday morning.
On Saturday night, a number of stars performed outdoors, including Queen Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, and Rod Stewart.
Charles, the Crown Prince of Wales, was 73 years old and paid tribute to his "Majesty Mum". He said, "You laughed and cried with us and most importantly, you have been there these 70 years."
To close the celebrations, thousands of soldiers and dancers, as well as puppeteers, will be marching through London streets on Sunday.
The parade will be opened by the 260-year-old Golden State Carriage. It is used for coronations and royal weddings.
Digital images of Queen Elizabeth, 25, will be displayed in the golden carriage. They show her on her way to June 1953's coronation.
Ed Sheeran must perform his famous ballad Perfect to honor the queen and Prince Philip, her husband who passed away last year. The Queen's favorite items, a giant dragon, seven double-decker buses, and corgi dog puppets will all be present.
More than 10 million people are also planning to attend lunches and picnics among neighbors (Jubilee Lunches), despite the possibility of rain. This is a joyful celebration of the historic reign, both intimate and mysterious, of a queen who was a reassurance symbol of stability during a century of great turmoil.
Around 3,000 people are expected to gather around the 488 tables at Windsor's driveway that leads to the castle, where the Queen lives.
The celebrations lasted for four days and took advantage of a major holiday weekend. Many were conscious of the historical significance of the event. It is unlikely that the record of 70 years reigning British monarchs will be broken.
Julie Blewitt (56), who traveled from the north to attend the festivities, said, "It's an exceptional occasion, it won't happen again." It won't be as special without the Queen.
Elizabeth II, looking radiant and frail, appeared on the first day. She was pictured on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with 17 members the royal family.
She was unable to attend Friday's religious service at Saint Paul's Cathedral because of "a certain discomfort". This horse racing enthusiast was also unable to attend Saturday's Epsom Derby, an event she almost never missed.
Charles, her heir, represents her more frequently. Transition is underway and, while the Queen does not intend to step down, she is still fulfilling her 1947 promise to her subjects to continue serving them. She had written to them before the Jubilee celebrations, "We look forward with confidence and enthusiasm."
The succession promises to be delicate. Charles is less popular than his mother at 50%, against 75%. Only 32% believe he'll make a good King (YouGov April 2022). Recent trips of members of the royal family to the British Empire's slave past have challenged the monarchy.