Queen Elizabeth II ends Platinum Jubilee the same way she began her reign 70 years ago
After four days of celebrations, Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee ended with a surprise appearance from the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The 96-year-old Queen, dressed in a green coat and hat, white gloves and her signature pearls, stood on the balcony alongside her eldest son and heir apparent, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Directly to her left were the heirs-to-be, Prince William and his son Prince George, 8, and the rest of the Cambridge family, including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.
PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth II is joined by the Royal Family as they appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London on June 5, 2022. (Jonathan Brady/AP)
The Queen has been absent from many of her platinum jubilee celebrations but traveled from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace on Sunday to attend the final.
As members of her family and thousands of people gathered outside the palace sang "God Save the Queen," Elizabeth stood and watched as if taking it all in.
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Before she and her family exited the balcony, the Queen waved her famous royal wave.
It was the same wave she let out 70 years ago at her coronation on June 2, 1953.
On this day, the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II stood on the palace balcony next to her husband Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99, and their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
PHOTO: The Duke of Edinburgh and the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, June 2, 1953. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images, FILE)
The Queen was 27 when she became Queen after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952.
Elizabeth - who now has four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren - is the first British monarch in history to achieve a platinum jubilee.
PHOTO: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, June 2, 2022. (Alastair Grant /AP)
On Sunday, the Queen shared a written message of thanks to mark the end of her centenary celebrations.
"When it comes to celebrating seventy years as your Queen, there is no guide you can follow. It's really a first. But I'm humbled and deeply touched that so many people took to the streets to celebrate my platinum anniversary. She wrote. "While I may not have personally attended every event, my heart was with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family."
"I was inspired by the kindness, joy and connection that has been so evident in recent days and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come," the Queen continued. "I sincerely thank you for your well wishes and for the role you all played in these happy celebrations."
The Queen signed her message with her first name, Elizabeth, followed by the letter R, which stands for Regina, which is Latin for Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II ends Platinum Jubilee in the same way she began her reign 70 years ago, originally posted on goodmorningamerica.com
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