Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham

posted on Sunday 05.06.2022 at 18:51.

Elizabeth II, largely absent from her platinum jubilee due to deteriorating health, surprisingly appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Sunday, the last day of the era-changing celebrations.

The 96-year-old queen, who has difficulty walking, has stayed away from the main ceremonies held for her 70-year government, a record longevity. On Friday, she did not attend a religious ceremony, Saturday’s beloved horse races or a giant concert in front of her palace and did not speak publicly.

She surprised her subjects by returning to the famous balcony, where the British monarchy had marked significant events for more than a century and where it began a four-day feast on Thursday.

Accompanied by her heirs, Prince Charles (73) and William, who will soon be 40, with wives and children embodying the future of the monarchy, she greeted tens of thousands of people gathered at the Mall, the avenue leading to the palace. Leaning on her cane, dressed in green, she stayed while the anthem “God Save The Queen” sounded, then left.

His departure was unannounced and speculated throughout the parade, culminating in his jubilee across central London, where 260-year-old golden carriages, soldiers in ceremonial dresses from all over the Commonwealth, actors, dancers and even corgi puppets, his favorite dogs, gathered, for the carnival parade.

Only fifteen minutes before her appearance, the tension was lifted: the flag was hoisted at the top of the mast overlooking the palace, a sign that the monarch was there, which pleased the public present.

– Paddington tea –

Throughout the rainy weather, tens of thousands of lunches and picnics were held among neighbors across the UK to joyfully celebrate the historic reign of the extremely popular queen, near and mysterious, a soothing symbol of stability in a century of tremors.

In Windsor, 488 tables were set up on the driveway leading to the Queen’s castle, while Prince Charles and his wife Camilla shared tea and canapés with the public on the cricket ground.

During the festivities, Elizabeth II. her heirs at the forefront of interest, confirming their gradual withdrawal in recent months and the impression many participants in the end-of-era celebrations after the unprecedented government that began on February 6, 1952 in the United Kingdom is still a colonial empire and subject to a postwar allocation system.

However, in addition to performing on the balcony, her presence was marked by another surprise on Saturday night. The queen, known for her sense of duty but also her humor, made a short video drinking tea with Bear Paddington, a clumsy icon of British children’s literature.

She then beat the time with a silver spoon on a porcelain cup, synchronized with the start of the concert. This event reached a peak of 13.4 million viewers on the BBC, a sign of the continuing strength of the community monarchy.

– “Farewell perfume” –

The last festivities ended a four-day break for the British during a period of inflation and political scandals.

Many of the participants in the festivities were aware of the historical dimension of the moment. The British monarch has never ruled for so long, and it is unlikely that this 70-year record will be broken in the future due to the age of his heirs.

“These celebrations inevitably had a farewell flavor,” columnist Tony Parsons told The Sun. “There has been real joy abroad and in this country for the last few days. But there is also a clear knowledge that we will never see such a ruler again.”

The left-wing newspaper The Observer believed that the jubilee was part of “a long farewell that began with her lonely presence at the funeral of (her husband) Prince Philip last year.”

The transition is underway, and although the queen has no intention of resigning, faithful to her 1947 promise to serve her subjects all her life, prepares them for what comes next. Her heir Charles represents her more and more often.

Succession promises to be delicate: Charles is much less popular than his mother, with 50% positive against 75%. Only 32% of Britons think he will be a good king (YouGov, April 2022). And the monarchy was challenged during the recent journeys of members of the royal family for the slavish past of the British Empire.

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