‘Deeply Humiliated’ Queen Appears as Surprise at the End of Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Queen Elizabeth II has described she was “deeply humbled and deeply moved” as military bands, dancers, performers and celebrities paraded through the streets of London to mark the final day of the Platinum Jubilee marking her 70 years on the British throne.

There was no guidebook to follow when it came to celebrating 70 years as queen, the 96-year-old monarch joked in a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Twitter.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all and I remain committed to serving you as best I can, supported by my family,” the Queen said.

“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in the past few days, and I hope this newfound sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.”

Under leaden skies, open-topped buses, vintage cars, Olympic cyclists and troops from Britain and the Commonwealth traveled the route the Queen took on her coronation day in 1953.

Reflecting the various decades of the Queen’s reign, dancers dressed in 1950s outfits danced through the Mall—the grand boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace—while Morris Minor cars carried Union Jack flags and honked.

The Gold State Coach who brought the Queen to Westminster Abbey to be crowned in 1953 was seen again in public for the first time in 20 years.

Sunday’s parade through central London would conclude the fourth and final day of the Queen’s platinum anniversary, which featured a military parade, a Royal Air Force flight, a thanksgiving service and a dazzling concert.

Prince Louis sits on Prince Charles’ lap, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Princess Anne (R).AP: Chris Jackson

The Queen was not present at the start of the parade, while her son and heir Prince Charles and grandson Prince William watched from the seating area in front of Buckingham Palace.

However, the Queen delighted Platinum Jubilee revelers by creating an unplanned Buckingham Palace balcony to end the four days of celebration.

The Queen, who wore bright green, smiled and waved as she appeared next to Charles, William and his eldest child, George. Charles’ wife Camilla, William’s wife Kate and their two younger children formed the unusually small family group on the balcony.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II made a much-anticipated appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to conclude the four days of celebrations.AP: Alberto Pezzali,

‘National treasures’

During the Queen’s performance, a chorus of celebrities including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal took part in a massive rendition of God Save The Queen.

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