The celebration of the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II ends with an election through London

Queen Elizabeth II described her as “deeply humiliated and deeply moved” as military bands, dancers, performers and celebrities paraded through the streets of London to mark the last day of the platinum jubilee celebrating her 70th birthday on the British throne.

There was no guide to follow when it came to deciding how to mark 70 years as queen, the 96-year-old monarch joked in a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Twitter.

“Although I may not have personally attended every event, my heart was with all of you; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, with the support of my family,” the queen said.

“I was inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so obvious in recent days, and I hope that this renewed sense of community will be felt for many years to come.

Under the leaden sky, open-top buses, vintage cars, Olympic cyclists and troops from Britain and the Commonwealth traveled the route the Queen took on the day of her coronation in 1953.

Reflecting the various decades of the Queen’s reign, 1950s-dressed dancers danced in the mall – the grand boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace – as Morris Minor cars carried Union Jack flags and trumpeted.

The Gold State Coach who took the Queen to Westminster Abbey for coronation in 1953 was again seen in public for the first time in 20 years.

Sunday’s election through central London was to end the fourth and final day of the Queen’s platinum jubilee, marked by a military parade, a Royal Air Force flight, Thanksgiving service and a glittering concert.

Prince Louis sits in the lap of Prince Charles, next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Louis sits in the lap of Prince Charles, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Princess Anne (R).(AP: Chris Jackson)

The monarch was not present at the beginning of the parade, with his son and heir Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, watching from the seating area in front of Buckingham Palace.

However, the Queen delighted platinum jubilee fans with her unplanned appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to conclude the four days of celebration.

Dressed in bright green, the Queen smiled and waved as she appeared next to Charles, William and his eldest child George. Charles ’wife Camilla, William’s wife Kate and their two younger children formed an unusually small family group on the balcony.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to those gathered during the Platinum Jubilee Election in front of Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II ended four days of celebrations on the long-awaited balcony of Buckingham Palace.(AP: Alberto Pezzali,)

‘national treasure’

During the Queen’s performance, a chorus of celebrities including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal took part in a mass performance of the song God Save The Queen.

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