First royals spotted prior to historic moment

The Queen has appeared from Buckingham Palace with a cane to start events for four days – but some royals were missing.

The Queen has appeared from Buckingham Palace with a cane to kick off four days of public events to mark her historic platinum anniversary, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign.

The 96-year-old was seen using a walking stick as she went out onto the balcony with her cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 86. She was later joined by the extended family, but some big names were left out of the photo.

Though her appearance at the event had been questionable after dealing with mobility issues, in recent weeks the monarch has been able to salute mounted troops from the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the help of a walking stick and a health certificate. , under the fluttering royal standard.

She was pictured in the same sky-blue suit she wore for the official portrait released yesterday.

Traditionally, extended members of the royal family usually gathered on the balcony of the palace to watch a flypast and while a large number still gathered, this year’s was drastically changed by Her Majesty last month, ordering that only working royals on the balcony – excluding Harry, Meghan and a number of other notable names.

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“After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance on Thursday, June 2, will be limited to Her Majesty and the members of the Royal Family who are currently performing official public duties on behalf of the Queen,” a spokesperson said. Buckingham Palace.

Meghan Markle was spotted playfully silence some royal children in her first reunion with the family since “Megxit”.

Meghan and Harry, who landed in the UK yesterday, are joined by Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall in the Major General’s office overlooking the parade.

Prince Andrew, however, was nowhere to be seen, instead he was pictured riding a horse 25 miles away in Windsor.

He will reportedly join the Queen on her Thanksgiving service tomorrow.

On the blacony, the Queen was joined by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Earlier, the first royals were spotted before the start of the party.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was spotted in the back of a car as she drove along the Mall to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Color parade. Prince Charles accompanied her in full military regalia.

She later joined Kate Middleton and waved to crowds in a carriage alongside Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte for their dedicated Trooping the Color ride.

Kate stunned in an Alexander McQueen white dress she has previously worn, while George, the eldest and third in line to the throne, wore a dark suit and tie, while Louis wore a sailor suit and Charlotte a blue dress.

Prince William, meanwhile, took part in the procession on horseback dressed in military uniform.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James were also among the carriages.

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara was also spotted as and husband Mike Tindall posted on Instagram, “I’m really looking forward to the next four days celebrating one of the greatest women on the planet.”

Trooping The Colour, also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army and has taken place since the mid-17th century.

It marks the official birthday of the British sovereign.

This year, from 2 June to 5 June 2022, there will be an additional celebration of Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952.

Huge crowds gathered in central London on Thursday in bright sunshine to celebrate the occasion.

From early morning, a steady stream of people, many carrying Union flags and picnic baskets, headed for The Mall at Buckingham Palace, where the 96-year-old monarch will appear twice later.

Ambulance officer Gilbert Falconer, 65, traveled from Scotland to witness the event, which is being held to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

“This is very important,” added another spectator Daniel Marmah.


She has had to drastically cut her public appearances since last year due to standing and walking difficulties – and a Covid attack.

The age-old ceremony has seen the Queen herself take the salute on horseback before.

Charles’ youngest son, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan will join the senior royals watching military precision on a rare visit from California, Buckingham Palace confirms.

She will later return to the balcony.

At nightfall, the Queen will be at Windsor Castle, west of London, to participate in a ceremony to ignite more than 3,000 beacons across the country and the Commonwealth of 54 countries she leads.

Elizabeth was a 25-year-old princess when she succeeded her father, King George VI, in 1952, bringing a rare touch of glamor to a battered nation that still tolerated food rations after World War II.

Britain’s first and very likely only platinum anniversary will be seen at street parties, pop concerts and parades until Sunday.

She was able to give one last performance – again from the palace balcony – on Sunday, at the height of a huge public procession with 6,000 performers.

“I know that many happy memories will be created on these festive occasions,” she said.


Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, caused shockwaves in early 2020 by moving to North America, from where they publicly criticized royal life.

Since then, she has struggled with her health, as well as with the repercussions of Andrew’s ties to convicted sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Attention is increasingly focused on the succession and future of the monarchy at home and in the 14 other Commonwealth countries where the Queen is also head of state.

— with AFP

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