The Queen skipped the events on Friday and Saturday – the Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Epsom Racecourse in the afternoon – after experiencing “discomfort” during the opening day parade on Thursday.
The Queen was accompanied by three generations of her family – Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children – to the delight of thousands gathered along the mall for the anniversary event. once in a lifetime.
The crowd roared as the 96-year-old monarch – dressed in vivid green and holding his cane – came out with a wide smile and watched the patriotic sea of Union Jack benefactors waving a flag in front of her.
It was the monarch’s third appearance on the balcony during the jubilee weekend. Earlier, she watched the flying trip with her family and greeted the soldiers as they were returning from the Trooping the Color military parade on Thursday. She also participated in the lighthouse lighting ceremony that evening from Windsor Castle.
During a short, three-minute appearance, the Queen stoically watched her family join the public in performing the national anthem, performed by the Royal Marines Band.
While the red, white and blue rockets were fired into the air, the family waved one last time and returned to the residence while the West End cast “Mamma Mia!” started singing “Dancing Queen”.
Moments earlier, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran took center stage in front of the palace gates, where he sang his hit song “Perfect”. Archive footage of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh was played on nearby big screens.
Prince Harry and Megan, the Duchess of Sussex – who were withdrawn during their return to Britain for the ceremony – were not present at Sunday’s celebration. The Queen’s embarrassed son, Prince Andrew, was also absent after a recent positive for the coronavirus.
The look on the balcony on Sunday ended with a spectacular jubilee grand finale. Earlier, a team of 6,000 people took to the streets of central London at the National Election in her honor.
Following a 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) route, military personnel, contractors, key workers and volunteers from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth marched, repeating the Queen’s coronation 70 years ago. The carnival procession marched through the streets of Westminster, along the shopping center and towards Buckingham Palace.
The crowd hoping to see the queen got a clue that the monarch decided to appear surprising as the Royal Standard flag was raised above the palace near the end of the parade.
CNN’s James Frater contributed to this report.