Britain to host one last party for Queen Elizabeth II

Now comfortably entering the final chapter of her reign and hampered by “sporadic mobility issues” often associated with old age, her loyal subjects around the Commonwealth have had to seriously consider her role in the past six months. die.

In Parliament last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the occasion, and no monarch has seen such an increase in the longevity, prosperity, opportunity or freedom of their people.

Floral displays pay tribute to the Queen at London's Sloan Club and outside Sloane Square.

Floral displays pay tribute to the Queen at London’s Sloan Club and outside Sloane Square.Credit:Associated Press

“From the birth of the internet to the use of the world’s first approved COVID vaccine, no monarch has seen such technological progress – many of which have been led by British scientists,” he said.

“There is no monarch more worthy of the attributes of greatness for her hard work, dedication and achievement, and to me she is already Elizabeth the Great.”

He said every local bonfire, concert and street party would showcase “a kind of love and devotion in return for the love, dedication and leadership she has shown for the country over seven years”.

Her 70th anniversary on the throne was Sunday, February 6, when her father, King George VI, died in 1952. But, in keeping with her past jubilee conventions, the official commemoration will take place four months later, when a larger one will be held. Chances of warm and dry weather.

Members of the Mahogany Carnival group rehearse for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee pageant at Queens Park Community School in north London.

Members of the Mahogany Carnival group rehearse for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee pageant at Queens Park Community School in north London.Credit:Associated Press

The festivities will include pop concerts at Buckingham Palace – with entertainers from Sir Rod Stewart and Diana Ross to Celeste and Mimi Webb. Queen and Adam Lambert and Alicia Keys will also share a three-stage setup with the likes of Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Sigala and dance group Diversity. Sir David Attenborough, Sir Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet and Paralympic swimmer Ellie Symonds will also appear, with specially recorded performances by Sir Elton John.

Lemony Swiss Roll-inspired pudding wins national baking competition to dedicate dessert to Queen, while BBC radio listeners vote for Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit sweet caroline As a platinum jubilee song, it will be sung at street parties and gatherings across the country.

Thousands of people will line the streets of London on Thursday when the Queen will pay her first military parade from the balcony of Buckingham Palace – a compromise that will allow her to carry out her duties in comfort. Up to 1,450 soldiers from the Household Division and the Household Cavalry Artillery and up to 400 musicians from the Mass Band will take part. 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Cold Creek Guard will line up at the mall.

For more than 260 years, military parades have marked the official birthday of a monarch. She attended every year of her tenure, except in 1955, which was cancelled due to a railroad strike. Windsor Castle has held a significantly scaled-back event for the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions, and this year marks the first full return since 2019.

While the family gathers on the balcony, the Red Arrows will take the traditional flight. RAF Wing Commander David Montenegro admitted this week that the occasion was still better than him.

“Because of the national significance, it definitely adds something,” he said. “I have to stay calm,” he said, flying at more than 1,000 km/h, “otherwise the team will be nervous”.

One highly anticipated event in particular is the Platinum Jubilee Beauty Pageant. The royal pageant will be the queen’s fourth and only eighth in history. The first commemorates King George III in 1809, followed by two to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee.

Pageant co-chair Nicholas Coleridge said this week that the event would be the UK’s reopening ceremony and would be a “catalyzing moment of unity and fun” after a period of uncertainty and difficulty.

“The jubilee pageant is the largest and most ambitious of the six contests celebrating Her Majesty’s 70 years of rule, at least by the numbers, and the one with the most potential for serious problems,” Coleridge said.

The pageant will tell the story of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne in four acts: For Queen and Country, Moments in Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate Together, Joy and Glory.

The Queen and Country will host a parade of 1,750 people and 200 horses, including 39 Australian Defence Forces, Royal Cavalry and various military bands, one of the largest military events in modern history.

Basil Brush and singers Ed Sheeran and Sir Cliff Richard were “national treasures” at the carnival’s final performance, which was attended by more than 10,000 people. With a backdrop of Buckingham Palace on Sunday, highlights will include a puppet corgi and a giant 3D bust of the Queen, with a global TV audience expected to reach hundreds of millions.

Harry and Meghan are due to attend the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Church on Friday – their only official event – flying to the UK for their first public appearance since stepping down from royal duties two years ago. The Queen will meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet in private for the first time. On Saturday, she will watch Epsom’s derby from her private box.

Omid Scobie, Royal Contributing Editor Bazaarsaid the four days may just be one of the last chances the country and the world have to celebrate the Queen in such a public way.

He said: “A potential last chance to celebrate the achievements of a woman who, despite being cast into an almost impossible role at the age of 25, lived through her seven decades with commitment, dignity and grace. “Unlike many other family members or some who work for the institution, this woman has worked hard to uphold the values ​​and principles that the royal institution is supposed to represent.”

So the realization that the stable cornerstones of British life may not last forever is again, with affection, from her adoring public.

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