The long weekend dedicated to celebrating the Platinum Jubilee was highly anticipated for the British public and celebrations spread over each day, blessed (mostly) with warm weather!
The Queen expressed that she was “humbled and deeply touched” by the celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee. She told the nation that she remains “committed to serving you to the best of my ability”.
Her majesty thrilled thousands of well-wishers outside the royal residence in central London as she waved to the cheering crowds and the celebrations drew to a close.
The Queen wrote the nation a letter, in which she thanked the nation, expressing that she hoped that “this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come”.
She added “When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.”
“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart had been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.”
“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed a sense of togetherness will be felt for years to come.”
“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”
The 96-year-old monarch stood with Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at the finale of the street pageant outside Buckingham Palace.
The national anthem was played as celebrities including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal joined in a mass rendition of God Save The Queen.
Around 10,000 people, including a cast of 6,000 performers and an array of stars, took part in the 3km pageant from the Palace of Westminster, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to the palace and then St James’s Park.
The parade told the story of the Queen’s life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display, which included a hologram of the monarch waving in the same Gold State Coach which had taken her to and from her coronation in 1953.
Meanwhile, millions of people across the UK gathered for patriotic street parties, picnics and barbecues, with more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches held to mark her 70 years on the throne.