Jubilee: Harry and Meghan find the royal family, the queen rests - 03/06/2022 at 20:41

Jubilee: Harry and Meghan find the royal family, the queen rests – 03/06/2022 at 20:41


Prince Harry and Meghan Arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 2nd Day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee on June 3, 2022 in London (POOL / Daniel LEAL)

The British royal family met on Friday for a religious service celebrating the 70th anniversary of the historic reign of Elizabeth II, with Prince Harry and Meghan but without the tired queen, who will also miss horse racing on Saturday.

Two years after they left for California in grief, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned in public for a royal event. They had been ruled out on Thursday from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which was throwing in front of tens of thousands of people in London the four-day platinum jubilee celebrating the record-breaking 70-year reign of the 96-year-old sovereign.

Very unpopular in the UK where their departure was seen as a whim, the Duke of Sussex, military medals hanging from his jacket, and the Duchess, in an off-white dress, received applause but also a few boos on their arrival at the St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was followed by the heirs to the throne, Charles, 73, and his son William, who is celebrating his 40th birthday on June 21, with their wives.

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday night that the monarch, yet head of the Anglican Church and a very believing believer, was “reluctantly” absent due to some “discomfort”. As more and more often, the queen, who has difficulty walking, was represented by her heir Charles.

On Saturday, as reported by the press, she will be represented by her daughter Anne for the Epsom derby, despite her passion for horse racing. She will watch them on television from Windsor Castle, her services said.

– “Unique opportunity” –

Prince Charles and his wife Camille represent the Queen in St. Paul (POOL / Aaron Chown)

Prince Charles and his wife Camille represent the Queen in St. Paul (POOL / Aaron Chown)

The crowds gathered in the early hours of the morning in front of St. Paul. Guards in traditional uniforms lined up in the courtyard and on the steps, and the bells rang continuously during arrivals, in a protocol order set to the millimeter, with former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, and then the current incumbent Boris Johnson, booed.

Rae Williams, 37, had brought with her a life-size picture of the cardboard queen, “because she couldn’t come herself.” She says she attends all the events and enjoys Harry. “Meghan, I’m not sure, honestly,” she adds.

Prince Harry was surrounded by other members of the royal family in St. Paul (POOL / PHIL NOBLE)

Prince Harry was surrounded by other members of the royal family in St. Paul (POOL / PHIL NOBLE)

“It’s the family, isn’t it?” Julie Blewitt, 56, from the north of England, said: “This is a unique opportunity, it will never happen again,” she told AFP. “It won’t be the same without the queen.”

The religious service, which was attended by some 2,000 people, is one of the highlights of the four days of festivities celebrating the very popular Queen Elizabeth, who ascended the throne at the age of 25 on February 6, 1952.

“Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here this morning but you are still in the saddle,” said the Bishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, in his sermon, addressing the Queen who was watching the ceremony at television, in reference to his passion for horse racing. “And we’re glad it’s going on.”

– Lunch in Windsor –

The return of Harry and Meghan, who came from the United States with their two young children for the celebrations, has spilled a lot of hostile ink since their departure and their smashing confessions on American television.

Biography of Queen Elizabeth II (AFP /)

Biography of Queen Elizabeth II (AFP /)

Relations between Harry, 37, and William, second in line to the throne, are almost non-existent. They are no better off with her father, Prince Charles.

According to Harry-Meghan couple biographer Omid Scobie, however, they had lunch with family members in Windsor on Thursday, giving the queen the opportunity to meet for the first time their daughter Lilibet, who is celebrating her first birthday on Saturday.

The queen’s second son, Andrew, 62, was absent on Friday because he had Covid-19, according to Buckingham Palace. He has not played a formal role since allegations of sexual assault in connection with the Epstein case in the United States, which he ended by paying several million dollars.

Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2, 2022 (AFP / Daniel LEAL)

Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2, 2022 (AFP / Daniel LEAL)

Celebrations will continue on Saturday with a grand evening concert in front of Buckingham Palace, before thousands of lunches and popular parties between neighbors on Sunday, followed by a huge parade through the streets of London, with nearly 10,000 participants.

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