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Friday, April 12, 2024

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Pakistani guards march in military parade

Queen Elizabeth II said she was "humbled "by the huge crowd that gathered to celebrate her 70 years on the throne.

Pakistani President’s bodyguards marched in a spectacular military parade for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, featuring 200 horses marching down the Mall to Buckingham Palace on Sunday.

The show began after the family arrived in the royal box, with the Gold State Coach – a majestic and archaic object that’s belonged to the monarchy for over 260 years – making its procession down the Mall. It featured a hologram of the Queen from her coronation in 1953.

The military parade was followed by a fleet of Morris Minors whizzing up the broad street to the Palace, tailed by a phalanx of motorcyclists riding vintage British bikes.

As the parade finished, there was one last performance at the Palace. Ed Sheeran’s serenade at the gates brought to the balcony the woman everyone wanted to see. Dressed in bright green, she waved and smiled after the crowds said “God Save The Queen.”

The monarch said she was “humbled “by the huge crowd that gathered to celebrate the Queen’s life and highlight Britain’s diversity.

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In a crowning moment, the Queen waved at tens of thousands of adoring crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, with three generations of her successors – her 73-year-old son Charles, eldest grandson William and eldest great-grandson Prince George – by her side.

“When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow,” she said. “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.”

She continued: “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.”

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The celebrations were spread across the entire country as Prince Charles, and Camilla attended a jubilee lunch in south London and mingled with the crowd.

The family was gathered in the royal box to watch the pageant, with the young Prince Louis almost stealing the show. However, the Queen did not join them, nor did Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan.

Some 6,000 performers paraded along a three-kilometer route lined with a sea of Union flags. They told the story of the monarch’s life with vintage cars, vibrant costumes, carnival music, dance, and giant puppets.