At the end of the first day of the throne’s jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II symbolically made her kingdom shine from Windsor Castle. The 96-year-old touched the globe representing the Commonwealth of Nations and gave the signal to light beacons across the UK and beyond. She had previously canceled her participation in the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday due to health reasons.
At the same time, her grandson William was there at Buckingham Palace in London in the evening when she lit up the “tree de la crème”, a tree of lights made up of many small trees. In addition, singer Gregory Porter sang with the London Gospel Choir and performed the song “A Life Lived with Grace” written specifically for the occasion.
Fires must be lit on the highest peaks in the four parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as in a number of other places, including many Commonwealth countries.
The Queen appeared twice on Thursday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in her palace in London. She was seen smiling and obviously in a good mood. However, the Queen has had mobility problems for months and has repeatedly canceled important events.
Thursday evening came the cancellation of the Thanksgiving service in her honor on Friday. Buckingham Palace said the Queen had “felt some discomfort” during the festivities and would be absent “with great reluctance” from the ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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