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Nationwide parade, pageant and street parties on the final day of celebrations


Will we see the queen today?

It’s unclear how many – if any – of Sunday’s celebrations the Queen, 96, will attend in person.

She made an appearance at Thursday’s Trooping the Color military parade, before watching a Royal Air Force flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace with a group of other family members.

She also made an unexpected appearance later that day to light a beacon outside the gates of nearby Windsor Castle, one of thousands lit that evening in her honor across the UK.

Around the same time, the palace also announced that she would have to miss Friday’s thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral after feeling “some unease” from the day’s events. As expected, she also missed the Derby horse race at Epsom Downs, southwest London, on Saturday. And she was also absent for the Platinum Party at the Palace that evening.

The Queen, who often uses a cane, has been forced to cancel a host of short-term events in recent months after suffering from what the palace calls “episodic mobility issues”. She also caught Covid-19 in February.

The Queen meets Paddington Bear for Jubilee celebrations

Nationwide parade, pageant and street parties on the final day of celebrations
Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having a cream tea at Buckingham Palace from a film which was shown at the BBC Platinum Party at the palace on Saturday.Handout/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II was seen meeting Paddington Bear in a skit that opened a concert as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

Although she did not attend the event in person, the monarch’s encounter with the animated character was broadcast on the facade of the building.

Just as she did at the London Olympics in 2012, when she appeared in a pre-recorded video with Daniel Craig’s James Bond, the Queen played with the joke, acting alongside the CGI bear, voiced by Ben Whiskash.

As the couple drank cream tea, both confessed to carrying a marmalade sandwich.

Prince Charles pays tribute to the Queen at a Jubilee concert

Prince Charles led tributes to his mother at a Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

On the third day of events marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne, Charles told the crowd of thousands that she had “been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.

Nationwide parade, pageant and street parties on the final day of celebrations
Prince Charles, flanked by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Buckingham Palace on Saturday. WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Queen, 96, has not attended the concert and has made no public appearance since Thursday when she was spotted on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with other members of the royal family. She did not attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday due to mobility issues.

Charles told the crowd that he “wanted to pay my own tribute to your life of selfless service.

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