(ANSA) – LONDON, 02 JUN – Everything is ready in London, under a clear spring sky this morning, for the start of the official highlights of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne: an unprecedented milestone whose celebration – in what the registry suggests could be (but who knows) the last great jubilee of Her Majesty – comes alive as part of the 4 extra days of national holiday proclaimed by the government of Boris Johnson across the UK from 2 to 5 June .
Preceded at dawn by the spectacular projection of holograms of historical images of the queen on the famous stones of the primitive site of Stonehenge (and yesterday by a shower of royal decorations and honors), today opens at 10 am (11 am in Italy) with a special edition of Trooping the Color, the great military parade, destined to last almost three hours, which is usually held every year for the public celebration of the 96-year-old sovereign’s birthday, after the private one of 21 April, her real date of birth. As per tradition – suspended only during the Covid pandemic – Elizabeth is waiting on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to follow the procession and flyby of the RAF acrobatic team, and greet the crowd that has already begun to gather in the area in a riot of Union Jack. Next to her, the presence of only the “active service members” of the Royal Family is announced: Prince Charles, 73-year-old heir, with his wife Camilla; the eldest son of these William, second in line of succession, with Kate and the princes George, Charlotte and Louis; as well as two other children of the queen, the second, Anna, and the fourth, Edoardo, with family.
There will instead be Prince Andrew, Her Majesty’s second son, apparently excluded from all today’s events against the backdrop of his involvement in the Epstein sex scandal; while the rebellious nephew Harry, who arrived last night from the US with his wife Meghan and the little ones Archie and Lilibet Diana (in his UK debut where he will turn one year old on Saturday), will not go up on the balcony after being torn from the senior representative role of the following dynasty to the transfer overseas on the balcony, but will still be present at the palace. (HANDLE).