A royal success! Queen Elizabeth II is pleased with the outcome of her Platinum Jubilee celebration — despite having to miss a few events, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
“The Jubilee exceeded the queen’s expectations and more,” the insider says, noting that while the 96-year-old royal is a public figure, “in real life she’s modest and understated so was blown away by the nation uniting together to share their love, appreciation and support.”
A four-day party was held to honor Elizabeth for her 70 years of service on the British throne. It began on Thursday, June 2. Through Sunday, June 5, the Commonwealth, the Realms, and the United Kingdom celebrated the longest-reigning monarch with a variety festivities, some of them attended by the sovereign.
“The queen was disappointed that she couldn’t attend all the events,” the source tells Use, explaining that Elizabeth is “still as sharp as a whip” but her “episodic mobility” has been holding her back.
The royal matriarch finds her physical ailments “incredibly frustrating,” per the insider, but despite some missed moments, the queen “enjoyed every second of the show” she was able to witness.
Elizabeth stood front and center during Thursday’s Trooping the Colour, which took place outside of Buckingham Palace. Later, she was joined by some members of her family, including Prince Charles Prince WilliamAfter they rode alongside British troops, who saluted Her Majesty along the parade route.
Use later confirmed that the queen would not attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, June 3, after she experienced some “discomfort” at the Trooping the Colour event.
However, her presence was felt. Duchess KateThe church paid a subtle tribute at the altar to her grandmother-in–law. The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, wore the queen’s Bahrain Pearl Drop earrings while sitting beside her husband, 39, on Friday.
The couple were joined by Prince Harry Meghan MarkleThe event marked the first time the royals have been reunited since the Duchess and Duke of Sussex (37 and 40 respectively) stepped back as senior royals early 2020.
Her Majesty decided to miss the annual Epsom Derby on Saturday June 4th and the Platinum Party at Palace later in the evening due to her health problems. Elizabeth, however, was recorded as a pre-taped clip with Paddington Bear, to begin the concert. William, 73, and William gave separate speeches throughout the night.
The queen then surprised fans by stepping out on Sunday in a neon-green coat, dress, and matching hat to see the Jubilee Parade close out and was greeted by a crowd of admirers.
The sovereign, who has been slowing down in her public appearances and duties in the past year, celebrated another first during the long weekend. She met her great-granddaughter Lilibet, who was in town for the queen’s milestone celebration.
Harry and Meghan’s 12-month-old daughter was named after Elizabeth, who was fondly referred to as “Lilibet” by her late husband, Prince Philip. The three-year-old Archie is also shared by the former military pilot and Bench author.
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