Among all the symbolism of this holiday, when the platinum jubilee Queen Elizabeth II In the United kingdomThere will be one piece that stands out from the rest: the King’s golden chariot.
The car will be the centerpiece of the show, which will follow the same path as Elizabeth II’s coronation – from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
Weighing in at four tons, this four-ton carriage is a reminder of the past wealth and glory of the former British rule of oceans and other continents.
The Queen walked him to her coronation and the silver and golden jubilee processions.
This year, however, it will be empty. The Queen Elizabeth II, 96, will miss this Friday event (6/6). Buckingham Palace said it felt uncomfortable after attending a military parade in her honor on Thursday.
In this light, the only reason to admire the chariot drawn by Eight Horses of Windsor Gray, is for its splendid engravings and images of her coronation to be displayed on its windows.
Some say that while a change in the throne is not expected anytime soon, the jubilee activities are a sign of the start of the transition with the heir, Prince Charles, who has publicly replaced the Queen in various engagements.
Unlike this year, when she was barely seen at her birthday activities, in 1977, her silver jubilee year, the Queen visited 36 different counties in United kingdomas well as nine countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, a group that includes former British colonies, such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
A quarter of a century later, in 2002, national and international travel celebrated 50 years of his accession to the throne. And in 2012, to mark the 70th anniversary of her coronation, she chose to tour United kingdomand assigning foreign visits to other members of the royal family.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during a royal parade in 1977 – Image: GETTY IMAGES / via BBC
However, this year is very different. All the palace will say, says BBC royal correspondent Johnny Damon, is that the Queen is “looking forward” to participating in the various festivities and festivities being held in her honor.
Mobility problems affecting her now after a long life of activity caused him to refuse to participate in most of the events.
The Royal Gold Wagon will be the centerpiece of the Jubilee, but it will parade without its famous passenger (Image: Getty Images/via BBC)
Dimond adds that when the Queen is seen throughout this jubilee, she will often be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where she and members of the royal family watched Thursday’s military parade in his honor.
But your absence will not be the only noticeable absence. Her husband, Prince Philip, died last year, who quietly supported her during her reign. This is the first big royal party he won’t attend.
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II died last year (Image: Getty Images/via BBC)
Prince Andrew, for his part, will also not be seen with his mother as he is far from the royal family due to his links with Jeffrey Epstein, the late millionaire accused of pedophilia in the United States. According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, he will not take part in Friday’s events (3/6) because he has tested positive for coronavirus.
So does Prince Harry, who left for the United States with his wife Meghan Markle when they decided to leave the royal family.
He and his family, for example, did not share the main balcony of Buckingham Palace with the rest of the royal family during the Trooping the Color parade, which marked the first day of events, this Thursday (2/5).
Instead, the spotlight is on his eldest son and heir.
Prince Charles was the oldest member of London’s royal family at Sunday’s memorial service United kingdom It honors its citizens who died in military conflicts and is celebrated in November.
The Prince of Wales also led the Royal Sacred Service in April, one of the oldest religious ceremonies for the British royal family, in which the occupant of the throne, according to tradition, gives money to those in need.
It was Charles who read the Queen’s address at the opening of Parliament earlier this month.
In the past six months, Elizabeth II’s son has presided over three of the major celebrations of the monarchy – military, religious and constitutional.
“In the most British possible, unspoken, unwritten, unspoken way possible, the transition has begun,” says Dimond.
Prince Charles arrives at the UK Parliament, which was first officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II, on May 10, 2022 – Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters
The Silver Jubilee of 1977 was an opportunity to take a break, with a long period of time approaching, to look back and forward. The golden jubilee of 2002 was a fresh start after a decade of scandals, divorces, and mistakes. In 2012, the Diamond Jubilee marked a reaffirmation of the Queen’s place in the sentiments of the nation.
“This platinum jubilee is going to be different. Because this is a farewell,” says Damon.
The royal family’s correspondent said it was not from the Queen herself, adding that according to experts she was “in good health” despite her movement problems. There will be no change to her as sovereign.
“But this weekend is a farewell to seven decades of public service, to his presence at the solemn celebrations that affect the public sphere every year,” he adds.
Diamond understands that his return to state festivities seems unlikely. Elizabeth II is seen as closer to her personal feelings than public events.
An era is coming to an end. And on this jubilee, the nation has the opportunity to celebrate it with celebration and thanksgiving.
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