Queen Elizabeth II, 95, marks her 70th today. anniversary on the throne, becoming the first British sovereign in history to achieve the Platinum Jubilee, despite not initially being destined to inherit the crown.
Queen Elizabeth II, 95, today marks her 70th anniversary on the throne, becoming the first British sovereign in history to achieve the Platinum Jubilee, despite not initially being destined to inherit the crown.
The rise came in 1952 due to the untimely death of her father, George VI, who in turn came to the British throne because his brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry the American, twice divorced, Wallis Simpson.
From her early days as a glamorous young monarch with sparkling tiaras to her more recent role as the ‘grandmother’ of the British, Elizabeth II has seen, over the last seven decades, various crises such as the end of the British Empire, the strikes of the 1980s, the conflict in Northern Ireland, terrorist attacks, ‘Brexit’ (the process of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union) and the covid-19 pandemic.
Since she ascended the throne, the United Kingdom has had 14 prime ministers, the United States 13 presidents and the Vatican seven popes.
Despite many changes and various crises, the monarch has been a symbol of stability, representing the UK’s interests abroad and standing above domestic politics.
The death of Princess Diana in 1997, accusations of racism within the royal family made by her grandson, Prince Harry, and, more recently, the prosecution of alleged sexual abuse against one of her sons, Prince Andrew, were other events that have shaken the British monarchy in recent decades.
However, Queen Elizabeth II, whose behavior during the current pandemic crisis has been exemplary in terms of complying with restrictions to the point of sitting alone at the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, in April last year, maintains high levels of popularity.
The Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated with a series of events and initiatives, which will culminate in a two-day long weekend from June 2nd to June 5th.
In a reference to ‘Coronation chicken’, a chicken dish served cold, with mayonnaise, curry, and other spices that were created for the coronation feast in 1952, a contest was open to any UK resident over eight to choose a dessert to mark the occasion.
The recipe will be published to be served at popular parties throughout the celebration weekend, which will begin on June 2 with the traditional military parade next to Buckingham Palace in London, which has already been canceled twice due to the covid-19 pandemic. 19.
On the second day, a religious ceremony will take place at Saint-Paul Cathedral, also in the British capital, and on the third day, June 4th, the Queen plans to attend, accompanied by members of the royal family, the Derby horse race at Epsom Downs, activity in which he has always been interested.
On the same day, there will also be a live music concert in Buckingham, billed as the “Platinum Party at the Palace”, an event that will include some of the “biggest entertainment stars in the world”, according to the Royal House, without revealing names.
The 5th of June, Sunday, will be reserved for celebrations organized by the population itself, with street parties planned throughout the UK.
Elizabeth II’s reign began with the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, although the monarch was not crowned until 2 June 1953.
Like the Queen’s Golden (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilees, the first week of June was chosen for the celebrations, when weather conditions are more favorable for outdoor events.
To allow for the four-day weekend, the holiday that normally falls on the last Monday in May will be moved to June 2nd and an additional holiday will be created on June 3rd.
Source: With Agencies