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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Celebration Kicks Off With Pomp

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Queen Elizabeth II ventured warily onto the Buckingham Royal residence overhang Thursday, drawing wild cheers from the tens of thousands who came to connect her at the beginning of four days of celebrations of her 70 a long time on the throne.

Her fans wore Union Jack banners, party cups, or plastic tiaras. A few had camped overnight in trust of a see of the 96-year-old ruler, whose appearances are getting to be uncommon, and a chance to observe the Trooping the Color — a military parade that has stamped each sovereign’s official birthday since 1760.

It was a blast of delight in a gigantic swarm, one of the primary enormous social occasions since the COVID-19 widespread started more than two a long time ago. Elizabeth, who got to be ruler at the age of 25, is Britain’s longest-reigning ruler and the primary to reach the breakthrough of seven decades on the throne.

She savored the moment. She smiled as she spoke with her great-grandson Prince Louis, 4, who shielded his ears at times as 70 military planes, old and new, flew low over the palace to greet the queen. A formation of Typhoon fighter planes flying in the shape of the number 70 was part of the six-minute show.

More than a dozen royals stood on the balcony with the queen, who was dressed in a dusky dove blue gown made by Angela Kelly — but not Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who retired from front-line royal duties two years ago. The couple traveled to London with their two young children to take part in the celebrations in a low-key manner, watching Trooping the Color with other family members on Thursday.

Because the monarch decided that only working members of the royal family should have that honor, they did not appear on the palace balcony. Prince Andrew, who resigned down from official duties amid a scandal over his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was conveniently left out of the decision.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Andrew will also miss a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday.

The jubilee will be marked by a four-day holiday extravaganza featuring events such as a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday and a pageant on Sunday featuring thousands of performers recruited from schools and community groups across the UK.

Thousands of street parties will be held across the country, continuing a tradition that began with the queen’s coronation in 1953.

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