People across the country bravely welcomed the threat of thunder this afternoon to appear at street parties, picnics and barbecues on the last day Platinum Jubilee.
The weather forecast didn’t really scream about the heat wave, there were showers or even storms in many places.
But the rain has lasted long enough to hold most of the 85,000 grand jubilee lunches, and millions are expected to draw their flags and celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Prince Charles and Camilla started things when they arrived at the Oval Cricket Ground in south London for a big jubilee lunch.
He cut the cake and spoke to attendees, including Sarah Friar, executive director of the Nextdoor neighborhood app.
‘He said in the end how great it was that everyone got together this weekend,’ she said.
She added that Charles commented: ‘When Monday comes, will we return to the quarrel? Let’s hope we don’t do that. ‘
Ms. Friar said it was a ‘wonderful thought’ for all of us.
Gemma Snow, from the Eden project, sat next to Charles for lunch for a few minutes and said he also talked to her about ‘maintaining that togetherness’.
Many roads have been closed across the country in preparation for street parties.
The whole of Jermyn Street near Piccadilly Circus in central London is closed to traffic, and pop-up stalls and entertainers can be seen instead of cars.
In front of the gates of Windsor Castle, a record ‘long lunch’ was held on the Long Walk.
Back in Oval, Sonia Wilson, 43, mentioned the party at Prince Charles Palace.
She said, “He told me ‘I’m sorry I stopped you for lunch.’ I said, “Don’t worry, I ate my jam sandwich.”
Ms. Wilson said Charles laughed and replied, ‘That’s a good joke, isn’t it?’
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Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II 2022
Take the dust off your Union Jack jacket, the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is welcome.
The celebrations, which take place from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, mark a record 70th year on Her Majesty’s throne.
There will be street parties, concerts and other special events across the UK attended by the Queen and senior members of the royal family.
Visit the Metro.co.uk Platinum Jubilee page for all the latest updates.