It started with four days of historic celebrations: from June 2 to 5, the British celebrate the platinum jubilee, that is, the seventy years of reign of Elizabeth II. She became queen on the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, and was crowned on June 2, 1953. This is the first time a British monarch has achieved such longevity on the throne. 96 years old, since weakened the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021the queen hardly moves anymore, but she is at the height of her popularity: 75% of Britons surveyed by the YouGov Institute appreciate it.
This is far from the case with all “royals”: Charles, heir to the throne, is only 50% popular, while Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are almost last in the rankings. 32% and 24% of favorable opinions), right before Prince Andrew, to the reputation tarnished by its proximity with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. However, the Republican current remains a minority in the country: according to another YouGov poll published on Wednesday 1er In June, six out of 10 Britons (62%) believe that the UK should remain a monarchy and only 22% say the country should opt for an elected head of state instead.
Like the diamond jubilee in 2012 (sixty years of reign) or the gold jubilee in 2002 (fifty years of reign), this platinum jubilee is an opportunity for the Windsor family to reconnect with the population and test its popularity. . “This may be the last time the queen will be seen in public, and her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace will be poignant in this regard.” But this jubilee is welcome because it is also the first time in a long time that we will have the opportunity to celebrate something truly positive about the royal family, not deaths or scandals. ” points out Omid Scobie, a specialist in the royal family and author of the book Finding Freedom on the “Megxit”, the departure of the couple Harry and Meghan for California.
Four major public events are set to punctuate this long, exceptional weekend – the Johnson administration has given the British two public holidays, Thursday and Friday. On Thursday morning, from 10 a.m. (local time, 11 a.m., Paris time), the military parade “Trooping the Color” will take place, marking the Queen’s ceremonial birthday – she was actually born on April 21, 1926. more than 1,200 Household Division officers and soldiers marched from Horse Guard, the mounted guard building near Downing Street, the seat of government, to the foot of Buckhingam Palace.
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