Without the tired Queen, but with Harry and Meghan: The British royal family gathered on Friday, the second day of her Platinum Jubilee, for a religious service celebrating the 70th anniversary of the historic reign of Elizabeth II.
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Buckingham Palace announced Thursday evening that the 96-year-old monarch was “reluctantly” absent, but because of a certain “discomfort” he was the head of the church and very religious. More often than not, the queen, who has difficulty walking, is represented by her heir, Charles.
He appeared twice Thursday on the palace balcony, and in the evening attended a brief ceremony to illuminate the lights at Windsor Castle.
The ceremony, held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, marks the first royal appearance for Prince Harry and Meghan since moving to California two years ago.
The Lord of Sussex, with military medals hanging on his jacket, and the Duchess, dressed in white, arrived shortly after 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) to applaud the steps of the cathedral – and some flowers -.
In front of them was Prime Minister Boris Johnson, holding the hands of his wife Gary and his predecessors Tony Blair and David Cameron and cheering the crowd.
There is a heavy ritual around this religious ceremony, with guards in traditional uniforms in rows on the front and steps, followed by bells ringing. The event, attended by about 2,000 people, was one of the highlights of the four-day celebration of the long life of Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25.
“It’s a very moving moment,” admits 55-year-old Karen Fletcher, who arrived early in the morning before Saint-Paul. “We will never see anything like this again,” she said to herself “sadly” that the Queen had not come, while at the same time realizing that “she must take care of herself”.
Roger Nagy, 51, from the United States in particular, says, “This is historically significant.” He sees the monarchy as ‘great’, and according to Harry and Meghan, ‘they should stay away, they can do whatever they want in their lives, but say nothing, it’s for the Queen, not for them’.
“Sussex”, who had come from the United States for celebrations with their two children, returned, and a lot of hostile ink flowed from their departure to reflect the great influence in the UK and their sensational confession. TV American.
After the last two years of family tensions, all gestures and appearances before and after the service will be examined through a magnifying glass. For two years, the relationship between Harry, 37, and William, 39, was not second to the throne. They were no better off with his father, Prince Charles, the heir to the crown.
According to the couple’s biographer Omid Scoby, they had lunch with family members in Windsor on Thursday, giving the Queen the opportunity to meet her daughter Lilliput for the first time as she celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.
According to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s second son, Andrew, 62, went missing Friday after suffering from COVID-19. He had no official role to play as he was charged with sexual harassment in connection with the Epstein case in the United States, and he ended up paying millions of dollars.
Neither he nor Harry nor Meghan were invited to the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, from where tens of thousands of Londoners cheered the Queen on. Meghan and Harry watched the Colors military parade from a distance from another building.
With a big evening concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, thousands of lunches and popular dinners between neighbors and a huge parade through the streets of London in the evening, with nearly 10,000 participants.
Taking advantage of this patriotic situation and preparing for the future, unlike the 96-year-old monarch, the Conservative government on Friday began consultations on resuming the use of the imperial measure in the wake of Brexit. Withdraw pounds instead of kilos in stores, and allow certification of pint size with the symbol representing the crown instead of the European CE.
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