Jubilee of Elizabeth II: the acclaimed queen on the balcony of Buckingham palace

Jubilee of Elizabeth II: the acclaimed queen on the balcony of Buckingham palace

The world was staring at the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Elizabeth II launched this Thursday morning the festivities of his 70th throne. She appeared around 1:20 p.m., dressed in a light blue suit, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, very smiling and with a cane in her hand.

His son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, arrived at the scene around 11:15 a.m. The queen then appeared in a carriage, as did Princess Kate Middleton and her children George and Charlotte, during the military parade that opened on “Trooping the Color.” Princes Charles and William rode on horseback with Princess Anne.

Opening an extended weekend of parades, folk festivals and concertsthe celebrations began this Thursday with the traditional annual military parade of the Salute to the Colors, which Charles will inspect on horseback, as his mother once did, before an air overflight.

Confirmed only on Wednesday night by the palace, the appearances of Elizabeth II, which have become rare, are highly anticipated. Car his health is worrying : since one night in hospital in October, she has canceled almost all her official appearances, replaced by Charles including for the first time in May for the throne speech in Parliament.

Fragile, she struggles to walk and leans on a cane. The one who, very much a believer, had promised at the age of 21 to dedicate her “whole life” to serving the British, shows no willingness to abdicate. She has made several recent surprise appearances, smiling and relaxed, including at the famous horticultural exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, in an electric carriage.

The monarch is to appear twice briefly on one of the world’s most famous balconies, where the British royal family has been marking major events since the 19th century.

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