LIVE - Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee: the royal family appeared on the Buckingham balcony

LIVE – Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee: the royal family appeared on the Buckingham balcony

Prince Louis, superstar

It often happens that the young children of the royal family steal the show from their elders on the Buckingham balcony. This year, it was Prince Louis, dressed in the sailor outfit that his father wore at his age, who amused the gallery.

The young boy covers his ears as Royal Air Force planes pass by, next to his unfazed great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen and Prince Louis during the jubilee on June 2, 2022. © Daniel Neal – AFP

Meghan and Harry behind the scenes

If they were not allowed to pose with the active members of the royal family on the balcony, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are at Buckingham Palace. The Daily Mail publishes stolen photos of the Duchess of Sussex, smiling at Savannah and Isla Philips, and Lena and Mia Tindall, the queen’s great-granddaughters.

Prince Harry was also seen in deep discussion with the Duke of Kent.

As the tabloid notes, this is the first time the couple has been seen in Buckingham since leaving for the United States. They visited the sovereign last April, while traveling to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, but were not photographed.

This time they came to Britain with their children, little Archie, aged 3, and Lilibet, who will celebrate his first birthday on June 4.

The Queen greets the crowd who have come to cheer her on

Dressed in a blue dress, the same as for her new official portrait, the queen, surrounded by the royal family, addressed her famous salute to the crowd.

The Queen, saluting on the balcony at Buckingham on June 2, 2022.
The Queen, saluting on the balcony of Buckingham on June 2, 2022. © BFMTV

This same gesture that she already sketched in 1937, when she appeared, on this same balcony, with her father, King George VI, her mother and her younger sister Margaret.

Young Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, with her father, King George VI, on the balcony at Buckingham.
Young Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, with her father, King George VI, on the balcony at Buckingham. © AFP

The entire royal family on the balcony

Shortly after appearing, alone with her cousin Edward of Kent, on the balcony of Buckingham, acclaimed by the crowd, the Queen returns with the active members of the royal family.

They witness the overflight of Royal Air Force planes. In addition to the Queen, there are Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, William, Kate and their children, Princess Anne. In all, there are 17 members of the royal family, among the active members (“senior members”), who surround the queen.

The royal family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham for the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, June 2, 2022
The royal family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham for the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, June 2, 2022 © BFMTV

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Prince Andrew, were not allowed on the balcony. They watch the parade from another building.

Cannons fired in honor of the Queen

Just before the royal family appeared on the Buckingham balcony, cannons were fired in honor of the Queen, whose official birthday and jubilee it is.

In all, 124 cannon shots were fired, 62 for the Queen’s birthday, and 62 others to celebrate her coronation, which took place on June 2, 1953.

The Queen appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The sovereign, long awaited on this jubilee day, has finally made her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, her cousin Edward of Kent, at her side.

Elizabeth II and her cousin Edward of Kent on June 2, 2022 during her platinum jubilee
Elizabeth II and her cousin Edward of Kent on June 2, 2022 during her platinum jubilee © BFMTV

The Queen’s Flag hoisted over Buckingham Palace

The Queen has arrived at Buckingham Palace. The Royal Standard, the queen’s flag was hoisted over the palace, a sign that the queen found there.

The Royal Standard follows the sovereign wherever she goes. It is thus placed on the queen’s car, or her plane, when it is on the ground.

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Queen Elizabeth II at several points in her reign
Queen Elizabeth II at several times during her reign © BFMTV

The children of Kate and William settle in the balcony of Buckingham

Young Louis, dressed in a sailor suit, like his father Prince William in 1985. His sister Charlotte and brother George are also present to watch the parade from the Buckingham balcony.

The children of Kate and William on the balcony of Buckingham, June 2, 2022
The children of Kate and William on the balcony of Buckingham, June 2, 2022 © BFMTV

The children arrived in a carriage with their mother and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

George, Charlotte and Louis, arriving at the parade
George, Charlotte and Louis, arriving at the parade © Jonathan Brady – AFP

Prince Charles leads the review of troops on horseback

Prince Charles, his sister, Princess Anne, and his son William review the troops on horseback. The queen has delegated this mission to her son and has not yet arrived at Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles at the Trooping the Color Parade
Prince Charles during the Trooping the Color parade © Ben Stansall / AFP

He wears the famous hairy hat of “horses guards” and “foot guards”, traditionally made of bear fur, from Canada.

Camilla, Kate and the children arrive in a pram

Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles, as well as Kate and her three children, George (soon to be 9 years old) and Charlotte (7 years old) and Louis (4 years old), arrived at the parade aboard an open pram.

Kate and Camilla, arriving at the military parade "Trooping the Color" June 2, 2022.
Kate and Camilla, arriving at the “Trooping the Colour” military parade on June 2, 2022. © Ben Stansall – AFP

The military parade is launched

The Trooping the Color military parade has just started in London. Until 1987, the sovereign went to review troops on horseback. She then switched to a pram or carriage on rainy days.

This year, a sign of the great fatigue of the sovereign, it is Prince Charles who will review the troops.

The military parade in honor of Elizabeth II
The military parade in honor of Elizabeth II © BFMTV

In London, the crowd is at the rendezvous

Pennants, flags and giant portraits were hung in the streets across the UK, and die-hard royals pitched their tents in London for a front row seat to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Britons posted on the route of the military parade, in honor of Queen Elizabeth, on June 2, 2022.
Britons posted on the route of the military parade, in honor of Queen Elizabeth, on June 2, 2022. © Ben Stansall – AFP

This extended four-day weekend, with parades and street parties to celebrate the ultra-popular monarch, a symbol of stability over decades of upheaval for the country, brings respite and a moment of communion to the British after several years of heartbreak around Brexit and strict confinements due to Covid-19, now followed by historic inflation.

Emmanuel Macron’s message to the Queen

Emmanuel Macron hailed for his platinum jubilee the “dedication” of Queen Elizabeth II in favor of the “unwavering friendship” between France and the United Kingdom, and expressed his gratitude to this “so close ally”.

“You are the golden thread that binds our two countries, the proof of the unfailing friendship between our nations”, wrote the French president in a message addressed to the sovereign. “You have been a constant presence and a source of wisdom for the leaders of our two countries.”

The Head of State also presented the Queen with a horse from the Republican Guard, on the occasion of her jubilee.

A new official portrait of the Queen

On the occasion of this jubilee, an unpublished portrait of the queen was unveiled. The 96-year-old queen appears seated there in a pale blue ensemble. The sovereign now has great difficulty moving around and only appears in public on rare occasions.

More than 1,500 soldiers for the military parade

The traditional “Trooping the colour”, a military parade celebrating the Queen’s birthday each year at the beginning of June, is held this Thursday at 10 a.m. (11 a.m., in France). On this occasion, more than 1,500 soldiers and musicians from the British army will parade.

Then, at 1 p.m. (2 p.m., in France) it will be the appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace of the royal family. Seventeen members of the family will surround the sovereign. Princes Harry and Andrew will not be part of it.

The monarch will not inspect mounted troops, as she has done in previous years, and will be replaced by her son, Prince Charles.

The festivities begin this Thursday

Hello everyone, we are together to follow this jubilee. See you from 9 a.m., live on BFMTV.

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