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Queen ‘humbled and deeply touched’ by jubilee celebrations

The Queen has released a statement about the weekend’s jubilee celebrations, thanking people for their support.

She acknowledged that she has not been able to make all official events held to mark her 70 years on the throne, but said she was “committed to serving you to the best of my ability supported by my family”.

The full statement says:

When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my platinum jubilee.

While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

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

I thank you all most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.

Eve Livingston

Here’s a jubilee dispatch from festivities in Glasgow from Eve Livingstone.

Celebrations at the Rutherglen west and wardlawhill church.
Celebrations at the Rutherglen west and wardlawhill church. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

In the weeks preceding the jubilee, Glasgow found itself making headlines for its supposed lack of enthusiasm. The city’s relationship with monarchy remains complicated, tied up with politics, religion and football, and only a handful of street closures were requested.

In neighbouring South Lanarkshire, that number was one — but on Western Avenue in Rutherglen, enthusiasm is in no short supply. Volunteers dressed in red, white and blue with Union Jack deely-boppers handle heaving plates of food as local DJ Andrew Fraser plays requests ranging from country and western to motown classics.

79-year-old piper John Paton was here 10 years ago for the silver jubilee, and as recently as Thursday night when he piped for the lighting of a jubilee beacon which stands proudly in the church garden. “It’s been a very good week,” he says, dressed in a kilt with his bagpipes close by. “It’s a great turnout today — and the rain is all staying down in England.”

For organiser Isabelle Tennent, trustee of Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill Church who are behind today’s party, the event is about neighbours coming together as much as it is the Queen. “The church isn’t what some people think it is,” she says. “For me it’s community, it’s caring and sharing, and today is evidence of what it should be.”

On the other side of Glasgow, Saracen Street in the city’s historically deprived Possilpark has also been closed for a street party organised by Possilpark Parish Church. “We never thought we’d see a three-course meal being served on Saracen Street,” laughs Anne McDougall as she finishes her soup starter at a trestle table in the sun, a paper crown on her head. “And it’s good to celebrate the Queen. Even though we’re Scots, we can still celebrate her,” she says with a wink.

Also among attendees are Ewere Osarenen and Desmond Areghan, both 36, who joined the party after spotting it on their way home from a nearby church.

“We saw this lovely party with everybody smiling and happy, so we came here and they gave us ice-cream and food,” laughs Areghan, ice-cream cone in hand. “We asked what [was] happening and they said it’s the Queen’s jubilee. When I came to Scotland in 2018 I always saw this church but never entered, so I think the Queen’s jubilee is a great opportunity.”

As the sun beats down on Saracen Street, children enjoy hula hooping, hopscotch and a chance to ‘beat the goalie’ while party songs blast across the road. Stalls representing local community groups also line the street; this party was organised by church members alongside the groups who use their halls, including drug and alcohol groups and a disability charity.

“The church is quite a small, cosy community,” says organiser and church member Adah Younger. “So this is the first time I’ve managed to get the people who use our halls together with the worshipping congregation to produce an event for the whole community. It’s been stressful and very chaotic — but it’s absolutely fantastic.”

My colleague Mark Lawson has done a review of this weekend’s jubilee celebrations and the BBC’s coverage, which stretches to more than 15 hours of live coverage – in addition to one-off specials.

Short of royal correspondent Jonny Dymond changing his surname to Platinum for the bank holiday weekend, the BBC could not have made much more effort in its coverage of Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne. There were 15 and a half hours of live coverage across four days on BBC One, punctuated by documentaries and specials.

The corporation, in covering royal matters, has two modes – courtier and reporter. These are generally separate – head bowed for weddings and funerals, fingers pointing for programmes about Prince Andrew or royal finances and divorces – but were merged by the circumstances of these ceremonies.

Thursday’s trooping the colour and Friday’s service of thanksgiving were the sort of events that would naturally find the BBC at its most reverential, tone little changed from when the Queen replaced her father. But, unusually for such pomp programmes, there were properly newsworthy presences – the Sussexes of California briefly back on parade, Boris Johnson in potentially one of his final duties as PM – and absences: the Archbishop of Canterbury with Covid and pneumonia, Prince Andrew with Covid and disgrace. Most extraordinarily, there was doubt over whether and when the Queen might appear.

Queen appears on Buckingham Palace balcony at end of platinum jubilee celebrations – video

The Queen waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace while wearing a green Stewart Parvin dress on Sunday.
The Queen waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace while wearing a green Stewart Parvin dress on Sunday. Photograph: Frank Augustein/PA

For the sartorially interested, the Queen’s bright green wool dress was a Stewart Parvin design, adorned with a Bow Brooch.

Parvin has previously designed many of the monarch’s well known bold and colourful outfits.

It was matched with a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat with a black pom pom, pearl jewellery and white gloves.

Queen ‘humbled and deeply touched’ by jubilee celebrations

The Queen has released a statement about the weekend’s jubilee celebrations, thanking people for their support.

She acknowledged that she has not been able to make all official events held to mark her 70 years on the throne, but said she was “committed to serving you to the best of my ability supported by my family”.

The full statement says:

When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my platinum jubilee.

While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

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

I thank you all most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.

The car carrying Prue Leith is pushed past Buckingham palace after breaking down during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England.
The car carrying Prue Leith is pushed past Buckingham Palace after breaking down. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images

A reminder of one of the funnier moments during the pageant, as the Jaguar of the TV chef and Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith’s broke down.

The vintage car got a push from stewards and Leith took it in good humour, laughing it off and waving to the crowds during the “dame” section of the event.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who sat behind the royals and danced along to Abba earlier on, tweeted:

A soldier parades during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside the Buckingham Palace in London.
A soldier takes part in the platinum jubilee pageant. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/AP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have tweeted their approval of the platinum jubilee pageant this evening

:

Amazing display of street art, theatre, music, sport and more…

What a joyous occasion at the #PlatinumJubilee pageant!

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 5, 2022

The military procession during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The military procession during the platinum jubilee pageant. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA
Dancers during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
Dancers take part in the pageant. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA
Crowds react as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Crowds react as the Queen appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Photograph: David Cliff/AP

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and the Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The Queen and other senior members of the royal family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the platinum jubilee pageant. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Queen appears on Buckingham Palace balcony

The Queen has just walked out on to the Buckingham Palace balcony to greet crowds gathered in The Mall.

Wearing a green outfit, she is joined by other senior members of the royal family as the national anthem is played.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, appeared on the balcony, as did the Cambridge family.

And moments later, it’s all over. The Queen retreats back inside the palace with her family in tow.

Now it is time for the cast of Mamma Mia to perform Dancing Queen for the excited crowd.

Chris Tarrant, Angela Rippon and Noddy Holder take part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace.
Chris Tarrant, Angela Rippon and Noddy Holder take part in the platinum jubilee pageant in front of Buckingham Palace. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images

Royal standard raised above Buckingham Palace

The Queen is expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony after her presence in central London was confirmed.

The royal standard was raised above the palace, which signals that the monarch is in the building.

The Queen had to pull out of a number of events during the platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend but a public appearance may now be imminent.

The royal standard is raised above Buckingham Palace.
The royal standard is raised above Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

A 260-year-old carriage featuring a hologram of the Queen during her coronation in 1953 led a pageant through central London as part of platinum jubilee celebrations.

The procession followed a similar route to the one taken by the monarch, 96, on her coronation day and was intended to evoke the different decades of her reign.

Queen Elizabeth appears as hologram inside 260-year-old golden carriage – video

A woman hangs pairs of pants in the colours of the Union Flag from her window in Rhiwbina on June 5, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales.
A woman hangs pairs of pants in the colours of the union flag from her window in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

An 86-year-old man riding his vintage bike in the jubilee parade has driven motorcycles for as long as the Queen has been on the throne.

Peter Biles from High Barnet, north London, and his 1952 Vincent twin-cylinder were part of a fleet of classic motorbikes celebrating the culture, music and fashion of the first decade of the Queen’s reign in the pageant’s The Time Of Our Lives act.

Biles said he had passed his test at the age of 16 and took up motorcycling in 1952, a year before the monarch’s coronation.

He told PA Media: “I’ve always loved bikes.”

He said it was a privilege to be part of the festivities and that he hoped for a repeat of the golden jubilee, in which he also participated.

“In the one 10 years ago I couldn’t hear the engine running, the roar of the crowd was tremendous, I revved the throttle and still couldn’t hear the engine,” he said.

His wife rode in the sidecar during that event and on tours of the Alps, but is no longer able to and is watching this year’s spectacle on television.

“She’s got bad hands now so she took part 10 years ago in the golden one and going abroad, touring Switzerland and everything, but she’s frightened to get in it in case she can’t get out, so she’s at home which is a shame”.

Peter Biles, 86, from High Barnet.
Peter Biles with his motorcycle. Photograph: Sophie Wingate/PA

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis watch the platinum pageant.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis watch the platinum pageant. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images





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