Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years of reign! The Queen of England’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are on. Meghan Markle and Harry have agreed to go to London on a very specific condition, Emmanuel Macron has offered an (incredible) gift to the Queen and international stars are preparing to pay tribute to her…
God save the Queen! The Queen, seated on the throne of England since February 6, 1952, celebrates the 70th anniversary of his reign. If no public celebration has been organized on the day of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth IIsince the date of February 6 marks the mourning of his father George VI, who died in 1952, festivities take place in the UK from June 2 to 5, four days off for residents of the United Kingdom. On the program: concerts, “great lunches” in the streets and cake competitions. An event celebrated with great fanfare, therefore. It must be said that Elizabeth II is a record holder. She is the first British monarch to celebrate her platinum jubilee! Queen Victoria had celebrated his Diamond Jubilee, which marked 60 years of reign, in 1897.
Platinum Jubilee: program of festivities
June 2, the “Salut aux couleurs” parade marks the start of the festivities. The next day, a mass of thanksgiving is to take place in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Then, Saturday June 3, the Queen of England must attend a horse racethen to a big gig given in front of Buckingham Palace. The Queen group, Diana Ross or Elton John are expected to ensure the show! Finally, on June 4, a big parade will be held in the streets of London and Ed Sheeran will close the festivities with a concert. A hell of a program!
What is the condition that Meghan and Harry put on their presence?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harrywho now live across the Atlantic, far from the royal family, are expected for the festivities with their two children, Archie and Lilibet. According The MirrorWilliam’s brother agreed to go to England for the jubilee on the condition that he and his family be given a “specialized police“.”He has been in constant contact with the parties concerned and has made it clear that he will not travel without receiving irrefutable assurances about the safety of his family.“, specifies the tabloid.
Macron: his incredible gift to Elizabeth II
In France too, the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is celebrated. To pay tribute to His Majesty, keen on equines, Emmanuel Macron offers him one of the 470 horses of the Republican Guard, christened Fabuleu de Maucour! The Head of State must also attend the ceremony which will rekindle the flame under the Arc de Triomphe with Menna Rawlings, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Paris, on June 2, in honor of the Queen of England.
Born in London on April 21, 1926, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also got into the habit of double birthday party: in private on D-Day, then during an official ceremony in June, according to an age-old tradition intended to escape the vagaries of the weather (Legend has it that rain often falls in the United Kingdom)… Elizabeth, Alexandra, Mary Windsor is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, the granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary. Her fate changes when her uncle, King Edward VIII, renounces the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, making her the new crown princess of the kingdom.
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip: his forever love
Fallen madly in love with the Prince of Greece and Denmark at the age of 13, Her Majesty has, according to her friends, never laid eyes on another man. The Duke of Edinburgh (unfortunately died in April 2021 aged 99) is her best friend, her staunchest ally, the only one, in her words, to treat her “like a normal human being”.
Elizabeth II, a woman of records
In April 1942, Princess Elizabeth was appointed, on her 16th birthday, Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards. Two years later, she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service as an apprentice driver of ambulances and military trucks. She is now recognized as “the only head of state in the world who wore the uniform in 39–45…” Instituted on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25, (crowned on June 2, 1953) Queen Elizabeth II broke the longevity record held by her great-grandfather Victoria who reigned between 1837 and 1901. She even broke the record which was held by the King of Thailand (Rama IX), who died on October 13, 2016, remained on the throne for 69 years!
Will Elizabeth II abdicate?
And His Majesty is always unanimous (or almost). If, in 2001, one in three Britons wanted to see her abdicate, this figure has fallen over time to one in five, according to an Ipsos MORI poll. “The Queen is extremely popular, due to her personality and her work”, explains Professor Roger Mortimore, of King’s College. “She managed to ensure that the institution remains popular (…) and the monarchy is promised a bright future”although gradually slipping towards gerontocracy, Prince Charles, the first heir in the order of succession, being himself 71 years old.
Elizabeth II: some crazy numbers…
Emeritus rider, great-grandmother, keen on canines, Lilibet has walked 62 dogs, seen 15 Prime Ministers, 7 Popes, as many Archbishops of Canterbury and visited ten French Presidents.. Faithful to her “oath of the Cape”, uttered on the occasion of her 21st birthday, she devotes her life, “whether long or short”, to the service of her subjects, observes an unfailing political neutrality, continues to ensure receptions, public appearances and official trips at a frenetic pace (393 official engagements in 2014 to 341 in 2015 and 332 in 2016)… Always on the right foot, the queen? In November 2019, the press competed in superlatives to comment on a series of photos showing her, on the back of a horse, in Windsor, without a bomb, with a simple scarf tied on her head….
What was the queen’s role in the face of the “Megxit” and the falling out with Harry and Meghan?
Moreover, Elizabeth II even asserts herself as one of the last cohesion factors in a United Kingdom plagued by regionalisms, deeply divided since the vote for Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, and still confused by the “Megxit“, the flight of Meghan Markle and Harry for a new life. If the queen is first deeply pained by the decision of her beloved grandson (and the fact that he did not warn her before say goodbye on social networks), the Queen then masterfully arranges the situation and avoids that the anathema is cast forever on Archie’s parents.
After calling several emergency meetings with his family to discuss Megxitshe finally states in January 2020: “After months of conversations and recent discussions, I am delighted that together we have found a constructive and encouraging outcome for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be beloved members of my family“. The royal scandal is avoided… Elizabeth II, a rock even in the storm.
What news from the Queen’s health? Is his funeral planned?
Recently, the health of the Queen of England had worried many of her subjects. A few days after celebrating (in private) his platinum jubilee for her 70 years of reign, on February 6, Elizabeth II had been tested positive for coronavirus. Achievement of “mild symptoms“, according to Buckingham Palace, the sovereign was resting in her Windsor castle.
But the queen is not ready to hang up yet! Since then, she has made several public appearances, in particular at the mass given at Westminster Abbey, in tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, on March 29, 2022, but also in May at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, a traditional equestrian show, where she appeared all dapper. Ironically, the protocol services are actively preparing the royal funeral for several years, funerals organized under the code name “London Bridge” whose queen herself would oversee all the details with meticulousness… we are queen until the end or we are not!
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