Prince Charles paid an emotional personal tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth on Saturday during celebrations to mark her platinum jubilee, praising the monarch for uniting the nation and making history during her 70-year reign.
Charles spoke at a pop concert, beginning with a comic sketch of the 96-year-old monarch drinking tea with Paddington Bears and to the tune of a rock anthem. we will Rock You by the band Queen, which opened the show.
The heir to the throne appeared at the end of the concert outside Buckingham Palace. As images from Elizabeth’s reign were displayed on the walls, Charles, 73, said the jubilee had offered the nation an opportunity to say thanks.
“You pledged to serve your whole life – you continue to give. That’s why we are here,” he said in a message to the Queen, who was at her Windsor Castle residence outside London.
“You’ve met and talked with us. You laugh and cry with us and most importantly, you’ve been there for us all these 70 years,” he referred to the Queen as “Mommy.”
Saturday’s celebration was one of several jubilee events that the Queen has missed due to “episodic mobility problems”, which has led to the cancellation of several events recently.
The opening video with the fictional character Paddington had echoes of 2012 when the Queen appeared alongside Britain’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond, in a video for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
In the clip on Saturday, she told Paddington that she always carries Bear’s favorite — a marmalade sandwich — in her current handbag.
queen’s we will Rock You The show opened before the cast of Phir hamiltonAndrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys and Diana Ross performed in front of tens of thousands of people around the palace, down the Mall Grand Boulevard and in a nearby park.
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Charles and wife Camilla – accompanied by their son William, wife Kate and their two eldest children – sang to the crowd before an aerial drone light show, which featured an outline of the monarch and his dogs on a stamp.
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The four-day celebrations to mark the Queen’s seven decades as Queen began on Friday with a military parade and a Royal Air Force flypast and the National Service of Thanksgiving.
At the concert, Prince William spoke about his family’s record on the environment, while Charles also acknowledged his father, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99.
He said, “My father must have enjoyed the show and will wholeheartedly join us in celebrating all that you are doing for your country and your people.”
“You continue to make history.”
Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 upon the death of her father, George VI, a Britain still emerging from the ravages of World War II and Winston Churchill as prime minister.
In total, there have been 14 prime ministers and 14 US presidents during his reign; The Berlin Wall rose and fell; Britain joined and left the European Union; And the once mighty empire of his own country disintegrated, which was replaced by the Commonwealth of 54 Nations. Elizabeth was instrumental in the later production and many consider its success to be their greatest achievement.
Polls show that a comfortable majority believes the monarchy should remain. A recent Ipsos poll showed support for the Queen in nine out of 10 respondents. But Charles is less popular and support among the youth is waning.
Supporters see the Queen as a source of soft power in the world and a stabilizing factor: a bridge between the country’s past and present.
As Charles paid his tribute, the Queen’s projections, which he had chosen, were mounted on the walls of the palace.
These included a carriage ride with former South African President Nelson Mandela during his 1996 state visit, and his famous 2012 handshake with former IRA guerrilla commander Martin McGuinness, who later became Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.
Sunday will mark the final day of celebrations, when singer Ed Sheeran will join some 10,000 performers and the armed forces for a parade that will trace the same route as her coronation by the Queen.