Queen Elizabeth II to salute jubilee from palace balcony

The queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan will watch the Trooping the Color after jetting in from California

Queen Elizabeth II will make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday, kicking off four days of public events to mark her historic Platinum Jubilee.

The extent of the 96-year-old monarch’s involvement in the celebrations for her record-breaking 70 years on the throne has been a source of speculation for months.

But royal officials confirmed that she would take the salute of mounted troops from the balcony after a military parade called Trooping the Colour.

Her 73-year-old son and heir Prince Charles will step in this year, supported by his sister Princess Anne, 71, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39.

But the queen’s disgraced second son, Prince Andrew, 62, is not expected to join them.

to watch a fly-past of military aircraft, including iconic models from World War II, the palace said.

– Thank you –

Seventy years on, she is now the only monarch most Britons have ever known, becoming an enduring figurehead through often troubled times.

It has not yet been confirmed if she will attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, while her planned attendance at horseracing showcase The Derby on Saturday is off.

In a message, the queen thanked everyone involved in organizing community events in Britain and around the world.

“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”

The jubilee, held against a backdrop of rising inflation that has left many Britons struggling, is being seen not just as respite for the public after two years hit by Covid but also for the royals.

In April last year, she lost her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, and was forced to sit alone at his funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.

Andrew, who in February settled a US civil claim for sexual assault, has effectively been fired from his royal duties.

Her approval rating among Britons remains high at 75 percent, according to a poll by YouGov published Wednesday, but Charles is only on 50 percent.

Only 39 percent said they thought there would still be a monarch in 100 years’ time.

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