Surprise at the end of the jubilee: Elizabeth II appears on the balcony of Buckingham

Widely absent from her platinum jubilee due to her declining health, Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Sunday, the last day of celebrations with the scent of a changing era.

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The 96-year-old monarch, who has difficulty walking, has stayed away from major festivities for her 70th reign, a record longevity. She did not attend the religious ceremony on Friday or Saturday at her beloved equestrian races, nor did she attend the giant concert in front of her palace, and did not speak in public.

She surprised her subjects by returning to the famous balcony, where the British monarchy has been marking major events for more than a century and where it kicked off its four-day holiday on Thursday.

Accompanied by her heirs, Prince Charles, 73, and William, soon to be 40, with wives and children, embodying the future of the monarchy, she greeted the tens of thousands of people massed on the Mall, the avenue leading to the palace. Leaning on a cane, dressed in green, she stayed for the time being played the “God Save The Queen” anthem and then left.

His departure had not been announced and was the subject of speculation throughout the parade concluding his jubilee through central London, which saw a succession of 260-year-old golden carriage, military in uniform. from all over the Commonwealth, then actors, dancers, and even corgis puppets, his favorite dogs, for a carnival-like parade.

It was only about fifteen minutes before his appearance that the suspense was lifted: the flag was raised at the top of the mast overlooking the palace, a sign that the monarch is there, delighting the audience present.

Tea with Paddington

Across the UK, tens of thousands of lunches and picnics between neighbors were held on Sunday despite rainy weather to happily celebrate the historic reign of an extremely popular queen, both close and mysterious, a reassuring symbol of stability in a century of great upheavals.

In Windsor, 488 tables had been set up on the aisle leading to the queen’s castle, while Prince Charles and his wife Camilla shared tea and sofas with the public on a cricket ground.

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Throughout the festivities, Elizabeth II left her heirs in the forefront, confirming her gradual withdrawal in recent months and the impression many participants of the celebrations of the end of an era, after an unprecedented reign began on February 6. 1952 in a UK still colonial Empire and subject to post-war rationing.

In addition to her appearance on the balcony, however, she marked her presence with another surprise on Saturday night. Known for her sense of duty but also her humor, the queen had shot a short video of her having tea with the Paddington Bear, an awkward icon of British children’s literature.

She then beat the measure with a silver spoon on her porcelain cup, synchronized with the opening of the concert. The audience of the event peaked at 13.4 million viewers on the BBC, a sign of the monarchy’s persistent communion force.

“Farewell Fragrance”

The latest festivities put an end to a four-day hiatus for the British in times of rampant inflation and political scandals.

Many of the participants in the festivities were aware of the historical dimension of the moment. No British monarch has ever reigned so long, and it is unlikely that this 70-year record will be broken in the future given the age of his heirs.

“Inevitably, these celebrations smelled of farewell,” said columnist Tony Parsons in the tabloid The Sun. “There has been a real joy abroad and in this country in recent days. But there is also a growing awareness that we will never see a monarch like that again. ”

The Observer, a left-wing newspaper, said the jubilee was “part of a long farewell that began with his solitary presence at the funeral of (her husband) Prince Philip last year.”

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The transition is underway, and while the queen has no intention of abdicating, true to her 1947 promise to serve her subjects for the rest of her life, she prepares them for the future. Her heir, Charles, represents her more and more often.

The succession promises to be delicate: Charles is much less popular than his mother, with 50% of favorable opinions compared to 75%. Only 32% of Britons think he will make a good king (YouGov, April 2022). And the monarchy was challenged during recent trips by members of the royal family to the enslaved past of the British Empire.

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