Queen Elizabeth II’s Stonehenge image sparks controversy ahead of platinum jubilee

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LONDON — As part of preparations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee, eight portraits of the monarch have been projected onto the ancient stone faces of Stonehenge, one in every decade of her 70-year reign.

The projection of the 96-year-old on the 5,000-year-old monument is Call ‘Fascinating tribute’ by organisers – however, the merger of two of Britain’s most iconic pillars has sparked controversy on social media.

The World Heritage site in Wiltshire, England should remain unchanged, some say, citing its apparent history as an ancient religious site. Others said it was “disgusting” to turn prehistoric monuments into effective billboards.

“It’s crazy, or should I say, not angry at all,” read one Nearly 6,000 tweet replies.

Others seem to be more enthusiastic about the idea, one will pay tribute “throne.” The Queen’s former press secretary and royal commentator, Dickie Arbiter, called the series of photos “beautiful.”

Stonehenge is thought to have been built in stages between 3000 BC and 1520 BC and has been at the center of historical speculation for centuries.Although the purpose of the site is unknown, The English Heritage Committee concluded: “There must be a spiritual reason why the Neolithic and Bronze Age people worked so hard to build it.”

Other analysts say sarsenite may have played a role as a giant solar calendar so that people know the time of year. Experts also concluded that the site hosted banquets and ceremonies, and a 2019 study showed that Stonehenge served as a “The centre of the earliest mass political parties in Britain. “

Research and excavations are continuing at the site, which is also a burial ground. The positions of these stones coincide with the movement of the sun. Experts in the 17th and 18th centuries considered it to be Druid To this day, modern-day Druids flock to the site to celebrate the spiritually significant summer and winter solstices.

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The British Heritage Trust, the organization that manages hundreds of historic sites including Stonehenge, told The Washington Post that the exhibition was part of a “series of events and activities” organised across the country to celebrate the jubilee.

“From the 2012 Summer Olympics to commemorating the centenary of the First World War, Stonehenge has played a role in commemorating important moments in the nation’s recent history, including – now – the Platinum Jubilee,” British Heritage said in a statement. said in the statement.

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While English Heritage did not comment on the backlash, it said it had previously transmitted images to Stonehenge.

2020as a recent example, the faces of eight people who help support the UK arts and heritage sector in coronavirus Epidemics are projected onto stones.while in November 2014footage of World War I soldiers was projected onto the landmark as part of a military tribute.

Pictures of the Queen have also appeared in house and shop windows, and at other iconic sights – including Marble Arch in London.

“The story of Stonehenge continues to evolve and change,” English Heritage said on its official website, adding that an “atmosphere of mystery and intrigue” will forever cloud the site’s complex and controversial history.

Jubilee festivities are set to begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday, with street parties across the country and the annual British Army parade (Prince William rehearsed for it weekends) and a traditional royal balcony look.

Prince William takes centre stage at Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee rehearsal