The United Kingdom has ended a four-day celebration to honor the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking an historic 70-year reign.
In a letter released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen said she had been “humbled and deeply touched” by all the people who were celebrating her milestone in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and abroad.
“When it comes to how to mark seventy 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,” began the message.
The public were unsure if the Queen was going to make an appearance at her own celebrations due to recent health problems arising days before the four-day celebration.
The Queen acknowledged her absence to some events. “My heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability”.
To end off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Queen Elizabeth II was joined by three generations of her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony, symbolising the continuation of the monarchy. Standing on the balcony were the next heirs in order – Prince Charles of Wales, his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge – Prince William and Prince George of Cambridge.
The Queen’s appearance rounded off a huge star-studded procession along The Mall which saw carnival floats celebrating the seven decades of her reign.
The Queen’s appearance rounded off a huge procession along The Mall which involved more than 10,000 people, and featured military personnel, celebrities, puppets and vintage cars to celebrate the seven decades of her reign.
Streets all across the United Kingdom have been flooded with millions of people celebrating the Jubilee with parties and street lunches in towns and cities across the UK.
Over the four-day celebration the Queen, at 96, said she had been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship she had seen in her people.
The Queen ended her letter with, “I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”
It was signed, Elizabeth R.