Without the tired queen, but with Harry and Meghan: the British royal family met on Friday for the second day of her Platinum Jubilee, a religious service celebrating the 70th anniversary of the historic reign of Elizabeth II.
Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday evening that the 96-year-old emperor was not “reluctant”, despite being the head of the church and a very religious “inconvenience”. More often than not, the queen, who is difficult to walk, is represented by her successor Charles.
She appeared twice on the balcony of the palace on Thursday and in the evening took part in a brief ceremony of lighting at Windsor Castle.
A religious ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral in London marks the first royal appearance in the UK for Prince Harry and Meghan after moving to California two years ago.
The Duke of Sussex, with military medals and the Duchess hanging on his jacket, dressed in white, clapped up the cathedral stairs – and some booze – arrived 11 hours later (1000 GMT).
In front of them is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and his ancestors holding the hands of Tony Blair and David Cameron and shouting at the crowd.
There is a huge celebration around this religious ceremony, with guards in traditional uniform lined up in front and on the stairs and the bells ringing constantly. The event, attended by nearly 2,000 people, was one of the highlights of the four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s record longevity, ascending the throne on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25.
“It’s a very moving moment,” admitted Karen Fletcher, 55, who arrived the morning before Saint – Paul. “We will never see anything like it again,” he says to himself, “sadly” that the queen has not come, meaning “she must take care of herself”.
“It’s historic,” said Roger Nagy, 51, of the United States. He acknowledged that the monarchy was “great” and, in the case of Harry and Meghan, “they should be left behind, they can do whatever they want with their lives, but say nothing, it’s all for the queen, not for them”.
The return of “Sussex” with their two young children from the United States for the celebrations caused a great deal of hostile ink to flow in, a reflection of their sensational confession since their departure from the United Kingdom. Television American.
After the last two years of family tensions, all gestures and forms before, during and after the service are examined with a magnifying glass. For two years, Harry, 37, and William, 39, had almost no second-row ties to the throne. They are no better than her father Prince Charles, the heir to the crown.
According to the couple’s biographer Omid Scoby, they had lunch with family in Windsor on Thursday, giving the Queen the chance to meet their daughter Lilibut, who is celebrating her first birthday on Saturday.
According to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s second son, Andrew, 62, was suffering from COVID-19 and did not attend Friday. He has no official role to play in the United States because of allegations of sexual harassment in connection with the Epstein case, which ended up costing him millions of dollars.
He or Harry and Meghan were not invited to the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday, from where tens of thousands of Londoners cheered the Queen on. Meghan and Harry were seen from a distance watching the Colors military parade from another building.
The festivities continue with a large evening concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, with thousands of dinners on Sunday and popular parties among the neighbors and a massive parade through the streets of London in the evening, attended by nearly 10,000 people.
The Conservative government on Friday began consultations to take advantage of this patriotic atmosphere and revive the use of the imperial measure system in the wake of Brexit, unlike the 96-year-old emperor who is preparing for the future. Returning pounds instead of kilos in stores and allowing verification of pint size with the logo indicating the crown instead of the European CE.