Feeling under the weather after attending several Platinum Jubilee Events Queen Elizabeth IITo conclude the four-day celebrations, he surprised everyone by appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The sovereign, aged 96, was photographed wavering to the well-wishers shortly after the Jubilee Pageant ended. She wore a brightly colored dress, matching hat, and a pair of pearls. Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess, Prince William Duchess KateThe queen joined them on the balcony, smiling wide. The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was joined by the Duke of Cambridge, 40.
The long-reigning monarch started her Jubilee celebrations by making a Trooping to Colour balcony appearance on Thursday June 2, but she then decided to end her subsequent commitments.
“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and flypast but did experience some discomfort,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read earlier this week. “Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.”
The message added: “The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion.”
While Her Majesty did not end up attending the church service, the Jubilee Pageant or the Epsom Derby, she took in the star-studded “Platinum Party in the Park” concert from home. However, she was filmed in a pre-taped concert segment where she enjoyed tea and marmalade sandwiches alongside the Paddington Bear.
“I know the Queen is watching these celebrations with much emotion, having, I hope, finished her marmalade sandwich, including immense regret that she cannot be here in person with us this evening,” the Prince of Wales, 73, said on Saturday, June 4, during his tribute speech. “But Windsor Castle is barely 20 miles away so if we cheer loudly enough, she might just hear us.”
Kate assured Jubilee guests, despite health concerns, that her grandmother-in law was in good health.
“Yes, she was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday,” the mother of three told an attendee at the Guildhall reception on Friday, June 3, according to PA reporters, revealing that the monarch “had a lovely, lovely time” at Trooping the Colour.
Elizabeth, who was unable to inspect the troops on the ground due to tradition and health concerns, offered a salute from her balcony during the Thursday parade.
“The queen felt nostalgic being back at Buckingham Palace yesterday. While Windsor Castle is now her primary residence, returning there with her family brought back so many fond memories,” a source exclusively told Use on Friday of the queen’s experience.
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