Great Britain will be at a standstill next weekend. An old, surprisingly sprightly lady who always seems to be in a good mood is being celebrated. A woman who was born by Caesarean section on April 21, 1926 in the London Borough of Mayfair and was notable at an early age for her idolatrous love of horses and dogs. Her parents gave her the nickname “Lilibet”. The 70th anniversary of the throne of Queen Elizabeth II (96) is being celebrated, who with her stoic calm has survived all the evils of this world unscathed to this day – from the air raid shelters of the Second World War to the pandemic. Even if she recently had to rely more on video messages.
In her 25,680 days as Queen since her enthronement on February 6, 1952, Her Majesty has attended more than 21,000 official appointments in over 100 countries. She has enacted around 4,000 laws, hosted 112 state visits and seen 14 British Prime Ministers. The current Prime Minister Boris Johnson (57) has already paid tribute to her and referred to her as “Elisabeth the Great”.
Four days of high spirits
The first highlight of the “Platinum Jubilee” is the official Trooping the Color birthday parade on Thursday, starting at Buckingham Palace. Whether she herself will be present the whole time, as usual, is still uncertain. British media speculate that a carriage arrives to briefly inspect the troops before appearing on the balcony.
At the beginning of May, she missed the opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years, after which Prince Charles (73) and Prince William (39) had to step in. However, she insisted on personally opening the Elizabeth Tube line named after her last Tuesday. Because if anyone knows the most important principle of power (“You have to see me in order to believe in me”), it’s her.
Other major highlights are the thanksgiving service on Friday in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the BBC concert festival “Platinum Party at the Palace” on Saturday with Alicia Keys (41), Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli (63), Diana Ross (78) and – of course – Queen. On the same day, a horse race is held for the horse lover in the London suburb of Epsom, in which she is believed to be taking part with her daughter, Princess Anne (71).
The anniversary lunch will follow nationwide on Sunday. In London, the world record for the longest street party is being targeted. There will also be international celebrations, with 600 lunches planned throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, there is the “Platinum Pageant” parade on London’s boulevard The Mall.