Great Britain: Beginning of the festivities marking the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II

LONDON (Reuters) – A smiling Queen Elizabeth II kicked off festivities to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on Saturday with a meeting with members of local communities invited to her residence in Sandringham, eastern London. England.

Sunday will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a first for a British monarch who will be most famous in early June, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth, 95, became queen of Britain and more than a dozen countries including Canada, Australia and New Zealand when her father King George VI died on February 6, 1952, when that she was on a trip to Kenya.

Sandringham guests include Angela Wood, then a culinary student, who in 1953 helped create ‘Coronation Chicken’, a curry and mayonnaise dish invented in honor of the young queen, which the monarch still enjoys today. today.

Also according to Buckingham Palace, the Queen also cut a cake prepared by a neighbor and listened to a piece called “Congratulations” performed by an orchestra.

Accustomed to official ceremonies up to the age of 90, Elizabeth II has rarely been seen in public since her overnight hospitalization in October for an unknown reason, which preceded a period of rest on the advice of her doctors.

The Queen has been a widow since April 9, 2021, the date of Prince Philip’s death.

Elizabeth was not destined to become queen at birth. The abdication of her uncle Edward VIII, who wanted to marry a divorced American, Wallis Simpson, led her to the throne in the footsteps of her father.

In 2015, she broke the record for the longest reign then held by her grandmother Queen Victoria.

(Report Andy Bruce; French version Elizabeth Pineau)

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