The Platinum Jubilee Special Edition
The Platinum Jubilee Weekend exceeded expectations over four days of vibrant celebrations. The affection and respect for Queen Elizabeth II have never been higher, but alongside paying tribute to Her Majesty’s life of service there was much to discuss and digest. The Queen’s appearances were all the more appreciated for their brevity. The Prince of Wales’ representing his mother at Trooping the Colour was a further illustration of the change the monarchy is undergoing. The participation of the three Cambridge children was a joy to watch, with Prince Louis taking centre stage, brimming with spontaneity. Whilst the return of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with their two children Archie and Lilibet, was an important family moment, Harry and Meghan’s sole appearance at St Paul’s Cathedral demonstrated that the posited reconciliation remains a difficult process.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrations opened with a much loved annual event – the marking of the Queen’s official birthday. The return of the Trooping the Colour ceremony to the capital saw an uplifting and splendid display of pageantry, matched by the public’s enthusiasm, writes Jonathan Taylor. The annual event, dating from the reign of King Charles II, has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. Astounding to note that seventy of those years have been in honour of one monarch – Queen Elizabeth II. And very poignant that, for the first time, the salute was taken on her behalf by the Prince of Wales.
The first two days of celebrations were focused on the ceremonial, bringing out the significance of the Platinum Jubilee. The final two days had a lighter, more informal feel and ended on the highest of notes (Enjoy the full coverage of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Royalty Magazine Vol. 2903)