Queen says she ‘remains’ after 70 years in heartfelt message to nation

The Queen was “humbled and deeply touched” by the warmth radiated by the British public over the anniversary weekend – and said she remains committed to serving to the best of her ability.

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The Queen and her family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

At 4.30pm on Sunday the excitement in the crowded Mall increased as the union flag was replaced by the royal standard flying over Buckingham Palace.

The thousands of loyal royal fans who had gathered knew immediately that the Queen was home and there was now every chance to see her after all.

The 96-year-old monarch, who had to sit out two days of her record-breaking anniversary due to mobility issues, mustered all her strength to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the future of the monarchy and lower the curtain on four days of fascinating celebrations.

An hour after the Queen witnessed a goosebumps rendition of the national anthem alongside Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, the Queen delivered an emotional message of thanks to the country.

She said: “When it comes to how to celebrate seventy years as Queen, there is no guide to follow.

“This is really a first.

The Queen with William, Kate, Charles, Camilla, George, Charlotte and Louis for the historic balcony appearance


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“But I am deeply impressed and deeply touched that so many people took to the streets to celebrate my platinum anniversary.

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

“I was inspired by the kindness, joy and connection that has been so evident over the past few days and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

“I sincerely thank you for your well wishes and for the role you all played in these happy celebrations.”

The Queen signed the message “Elizabeth R”.

Prince Louis stole the show once again


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The Queen waved to her adoring subjects on Sunday


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A billion people around the world tuned in to watch the end of the folk pageant with 10,000 performers and dozens of ‘national treasures’ serving up a mesmerizing festival of colors and telling the story of the Queen’s record breaking after 70 years on the throne.

The Queen had missed the two and a half hour performance which was seen by the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales, future Queen Camilla and Prince William, Kate and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

However, according to royal sources, she was “absolutely determined” to make a brief appearance on the balcony of her London home to send a heartfelt thank you to the nation.

The head of state appeared on the balcony for just three minutes, shortly after British pop superstar Ed Sheeran, standing outside the palace gates, belted out an emotional rendition of his hit song ‘Perfect’.

The Queen appeared shortly after Ed Sheeran’s performance


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A montage of images displayed on giant screens in a moving tribute to the Queen and Prince Philip, her late beloved husband, who was 73 and died aged 99 last April.

Millions of Britons across the country reveled in celebrations over the bank holiday, with an estimated 85,000 street parties taking place over the weekend.

As the curtain fell on a stunning program of events, from celebrating the Queen’s official birthday at Trooping the Color to rocking the rock concert at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty thanked everyone who helped create memories of a lifetime.

Among the royals enjoying the show in the Jubilee Competition’s royal box were Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, as well as Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank and baby August.

Cheeky Louis delighted royal fans with his antics


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Anne’s son Peter Phillips was also joined by his children Savannah and Isla, while Zara and Mike Tindall took their girls Mia, 8, and Lena, 3, with them.

Little Prince Louis, three, who stole the show at Thursday’s Trooping the Color parade after making a series of hilarious faces as a thunderous flyby flew over Buckingham Palace, was spotted once again dominating the show enjoyed and laughed and joked with the other children.

Some eagle-eyed royal fans in the crowd watched as the Union Jack was lowered from the flagpole atop the palace at 4.30pm and replaced with the royal standard, signifying the Queen was home.

Palace assistants had tried to keep her performance under wraps as a surprise to the nation and the thousands who gathered outside the palace and lined London’s famous Mall.

The Queen appeared with her three heirs


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Professional lipreader John Cassidy said the Queen appeared surprised when colored smoke was blasted into the air after the end of the national anthem.

as she turned to great-grandson Prince George, who was standing next to her, and said: “Ah, brilliant! I did not know…”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later tweeted: “Amazing display of street art, theatre, music, sport and more… what a joyous occasion!”

The spectacular event capped a long weekend of celebrations across Britain, including affectionate tributes to the Prince of Wales and national figures during the evening’s Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday.

Stars such as Diana Ross, George Ezra, Queen and Elbow performed to around 22,000 viewers and an average of almost 12 million people in the UK watched the show on BBC One.

The Queen also revealed the age-old secret of what she carries in her handbag when she took part in an adorable skit with Paddington Bear, which aired to kick off the concert, and shared a jam sandwich.

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