LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II led the lighting of beacons across the UK on the first day of celebrations to mark her platinum jubilee, which marked her 70th year on the throne, but the non-centennial monarch is expected to attend a service on Friday due to ill health miss.
Local 10’s Nicole Perez reported on the events from London.
Buckingham Palace announced late Thursday that the Queen would not be attending a thanksgiving service on Friday after experiencing “some uneasiness” at events on Thursday. The palace said with “great reluctance” the monarch had decided to cancel the service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Queen has struggled to move around in recent months and has withdrawn from many public events.
But the 96-year-old monarch was present on Thursday to lead the lighting of bonfires across the UK to celebrate the milestone and light up the “tree of trees” at Buckingham Palace. More than 2,000 towns, villages and cities across the UK are taking part.
earlier in the day the crowd loved it through a military flyover and the Trooping the Color parade.
“It’s incredible,” said Harrison Muchakwayn. “I didn’t expect the Jets to reach that ’70s form.”
Crowds were also able to see the centerpiece of almost every royal celebration in Britain, the balcony act, an opportunity for the public to see the royal family. Queen Elizabeth was in attendance alongside the working members of the royal family.
“Amazing, I can’t believe I was standing right there,” said Tania Beyea. “I just love the whole royal family, everything about it, I love it.”
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