UK: Horse-loving Queen Elizabeth was thanked for being “in the saddle” for 70 years as Head of State at a service yesterday to celebrate her platinum jubilee, an event she missed due to her “mobility issues”.
Other senior members of the Royal family joined a congregation of politicians, charity figures and groups the queen has supported for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to pay tribute to the sovereign’s record-breaking reign.
Four days of celebrations began on Thursday when a beaming Elizabeth waved to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after a military parade and Royal Air Force flypast.
She later led the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon at her Windsor Castle home near London.
The 96-year-old, who has been forced to cancel a series of engagements recently due to an “episodic mobility problem”, reluctantly pulled out of yesterday’s service after experiencing “some discomfort” the previous day, the palace said. The queen watched the service on television at Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, joined other members of Britain’s Royal family on Friday for a church service honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, making their first public appearance in the UK since stepping back from Royal duties two years ago. – INDIAN EXPRESS, GULF NEWS