Gunshots rang out in London and Edinburgh on Monday to mark the official start of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Year, as the 95-year-old monarch prepares for a busy season of public service.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Elizabeth became queen upon the death of her father, King George VI, of lung cancer at the age of 56 on 6 February 1952.
The monarch did not celebrate the day she became queen, called Ascension Day, as it was also the anniversary of her father’s death.
In a statement released on Saturday, the queen commemorated her father’s death and recalled the seven decades of “extraordinary progress” her reign has spanned.
The Queen has made it clear that she intends to continue as head of state, renewing the pledge she made on her 21st birthday to dedicate her entire life to serving the UK and the Commonwealth. common prosperity.
She also sought to bolster the monarchy’s future by saying it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, should be called “Queen” when her son became King. With those words, Elizabeth seeks to answer once and for all questions about the background of Camilla, who was initially shunned by fans of the late Princess Diana, Charles’ first wife.
While Sunday celebrations are the focus, public celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee are scheduled for June, when the weather is usually sunnier. The festivities will include a military parade, a horse racing day and neighborhood parties. There is also a contest to create a new dessert that will be consumed over the weekend of June 2-5.
The Queen will mark a more significant milestone on March 29, when she attends a memorial service for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey. The Queen’s 72-year-old husband passed away in April 2021, aged 99.
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The Queen is also expected to attend a series of face-to-face interactions with the public in the coming weeks, including audiences with politicians and diplomats, a diplomatic reception at Windsor on 2 March and Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on 14 March.
It marks a step for the monarch towards more public obligations since she was ordered by doctors to rest after spending a night in hospital for a check-up in October. She was forced to cancel an appearance at several important events, including Memorial Sunday services at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
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