70 years of rule | Elizabeth II will miss religious service due to ‘some discomfort’

(London) Queen Elizabeth II, who was in fragile health, to cheering crowds Thursday on Buckingham balcony, will miss out of “some discomfort” Friday’s religious celebration marking 70 years of her reign, an unprecedented longevity of the British monarchy. .

Updated yesterday at 3:43pm.

Valentine Gravello
France media agency

“The Queen really enjoyed her birthday parade today [jeudi] “I was a little upset,” Buckingham Palace said.

“Given the required travel and activity for the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty the Queen reluctantly concluded that she would not attend,” he added.

The announcement renews concerns about the deteriorating health of the 96-year-old, who has difficulty walking and whose official appearances have become increasingly rare since a night in hospital in October.

On Thursday evening, the Queen was still participating in a ceremony at Windsor Castle, where she remotely lit up a gigantic statue representing a 21-meter tree in front of Buckingham Palace. At the same time, thousands of traffic lights were lit across the UK and Commonwealth countries in his honor.

Thus concluded the first of her four jubilee days, during which she appeared twice on the palace balcony to the delight of tens of thousands of spectators, smiling and dressed in dove blue, leaning motionless on a stick. .

She ascended to the throne at the age of 25 on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father, George VI, and was initially accompanied by the Duke of Kent, her cousin, for the passage of the annual military parade of “Salut aux couleurs”, which gathered more than 1,200 soldiers and hundreds of musicians.

She returned to the balcony shortly after, for a flight, this time accompanied by 17 royals with official duties and their children.

The expressions on the face of his grandson Louis, 4, the youngest of Prince William’s children, melted the audience.

“to rediscover oneself”

Deprived of a balcony, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan watched the show discreetly from another building, in their first public return to the UK since their dramatic departure from California in 2020.

Prince Andrew, who paid millions of dollars to end a sexual assault complaint, also disappeared. He will also miss St Paul’s Cathedral because he has tested positive for COVID-19.

On this holiday, a dense crowd colored with flags and portraits of the Queen thronged the Mall, the street leading to the palace.

Some said they felt as if they were living the last remarkable appearance of the unborn queen, loved by her sense of duty, her indomitable impartiality, and her sense of humor.

“It only happens once in a lifetime,” explains Mark Cornell, who came especially from northern England, who nevertheless stresses that he is not an unconditional fan of the monarchy: “They must reinvent themselves for new generations.”

giant pictures

The British have never ruled like Elizabeth. It is unlikely that another person will achieve such a long life: Charles, the heir to the throne is 73 years old, increasingly taking power, and his son William will soon turn 40.

On this jubilee, banners, flags and giant pictures were hung in streets across the UK, windows were filled with souvenirs and sales of liquor and ‘British’ cakes exploded.

A massive concert is scheduled for Saturday, as are tens of thousands of folk gatherings, including giant picnics on Sunday.

“I hope that the next few days will be an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved over the past 70 years, while looking to the future with confidence and enthusiasm,” the head of state said in a written message. The state of 15 kingdoms, from the UK to Canada to New Zealand.

Congratulations poured in from around the world, with French President Emmanuel Macron praising his “dedication” to the “unshakeable friendship” between France and Britain. Even the Irish Republican Party Sinn Fein has highlighted its role in the Northern Ireland peace process, a move long unimaginable from the IRA’s previous political parade.

In this end-of-government atmosphere, the monarchy faces increasing criticism, particularly in the former colonies, regarding the past of slavery in the British Empire.

In the UK, the Queen still loves her subjects very much with 75% of positive reviews according to YouGov, but her heir Charles is underrated (50%). Only 39% of Britons believe the institution will survive in 100 years.

What is the platinum jubilee?

The jubilee commemorates a special memory during the reign of the king. The Queen was crowned at the age of 25, on February 6, 1952, she celebrates her platinum jubilee this year, that is, the seventiethe Anniversary of his accession to the throne. This will be the fourth jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 (15 .).e Anniversary), her golden jubilee 2002 (50e Anniversary) and its 2012 Diamond Jubilee (60e Anniversary). She has the longest reign in Britain and the first to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

Source: Government of Canada

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