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Queen lights bonfire at Windsor Castle for Platinum Jubilee

The ceremony marks the end of the first public holiday to mark Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary (Image: PA/Reuters)

The Queen has lit one of 3,500 bonfires across the UK in honor of her platinum anniversary.

Her Majesty pressed a sphere-like button – the Commonwealth of Nations Globe – lying on a cushion in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The 96-year-old monarch lit a string of lights connected to the Tree of Trees sculpture at Buckingham Palace.

Lights raced along the quadrilateral to the famous Round Tower before ascending the 20 meter high living sculpture.

It marks the end of the first day of historic national commemorations celebrating 70 years of the reign of Elizabeth II.

The Queen, 96, looked jubilant on the balcony of Buckingham Palace earlier this morning as she watched the Trooping the Color parade and a Red Arrows flyover.

But she felt “a little uncomfortable” during the ceremony, and palace staff revealed she has pulled out of a ceremony at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow.

Queen Elizabeth II symbolically leads the lighting of Windsor Castle's most important jubilee bonfire on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, as part of a chain of more than 3,500 flaming tributes to her 70-year reign. Over 3,000 towns, villages and cities across the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the British Overseas Territories, as well as each of the capitals of the Commonwealth countries will light bonfires to celebrate the anniversary. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Queen looked upbeat as the first day of the centenary celebrations drew to a close (Image: PA)
Her Majesty places a string of lights along the quadrilateral that connects to Buckingham Palace (Image: Reuters)

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge was at Buckingham Palace tonight to play his part in the double ceremony.

The main beacon is the 69-foot Tree of Trees sculpture, featuring 350 British-grown trees, which towers over the palace and is illuminated with 3,500 strings of lights.

Designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the living creation reflects a project that saw more than a million trees planted for the anniversary.

Earlier in the day, cheeky Prince Louis stole the show on the palace balcony by pulling an impressive series of hilarious faces.

The four-year-old heir to the throne stood next to the queen, affectionately known as “Gan Gan,” as she bent down to her great-grandson and pointed out interesting things

Thousands of well-wishers poured down the Mall in the June sunshine and broke out in cheers for the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, while the smiling Queen was enthralled by the patriotic scenes.

It is understood that the decision not to attend tomorrow’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s was seen as unfortunate but reasonable given the length of the journey and the time involved, as well as the physical demands that the service would entail.

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.

The celebrations, which will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, will mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne.

There will be street parties, concerts and other special events across the UK attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

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Justin Scacco

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