A very Poignant end to Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

A very Poignant end to Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
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The United Kingdom was celebrating a historical Platinum Jubilee for the last four days. The nationwide celebrations came to a very poignant end today with the platinum Jubilee Pageant. The whole day the country had Big community Lunches in different places.  85,000 Big Lunches, street parties, and picnics took place all over the country. The members of the Royal family visited various lunches to participate in community celebrations.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Oval cricket ground in south London, with 500 attendees including 70 “platinum champions” from the Royal Voluntary Service.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined a Big Lunch on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle. Dubbed ‘Long Lunch’ because of the record-breaking numbers in attendance caused the Royal couple to miss the Pageant in London. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie visited Big Lunch at Paddington’s Recreation Ground where they tried their hand at spinning plates and bowls.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a street party at the Kensington Memorial Park. The Royal couple joined many youngsters and families at the park for the big lunch.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Alessandra Rich Azure Midi Dress
Alessandra Rich Azure Midi Dress

The Duchess was wearing Alessandra Rich Azure Midi Dress. Thanks to Middleton Maven for the id.

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In the afternoon, The Royal family sans The Queen arrived at the Platinum Jubilee pageant in London around 2:30 PM.

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The Cambridge family arrived at the pageant amid loud cheers.

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They were joined by the York sisters and their husbands, Mike and Zara Tindall with their children, and Peter Phillips with his daughters.

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it was Prince Louis’ second official appearance at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Louis stole the show at his first appearance at the Trooping the colour parade when he joined The Queen at the Balcony and endeared the nation with his cute antics.

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The pageant had many parts and each part had different acts and events paying tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.

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The 260-year-old Gold State Coach, in which Queen Elizabeth II traveled to Westminster Abbey in 1952 for her coronation, was leading the celebrations.  Flanked by guardsmen on horseback, the coach featured archival footage of Her Majesty, making it seem as if she was inside. The coach has not been seen in public since the 2002 Jubilee celebrations.

 

From Buckingham Palace’s briefing, “The Gold State Coach has been significantly overhauled four times, in 1820 when King George IV acceded (but it was not used for his coronation); in 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII, and in 1953 for the coronation of The Queen. It was lastly regilded in 1977 for The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, although in places it bears evidence of between seven and ten layers of gilding and retouching over the past 260 years. The Coach was used at the State Openings of Parliament, by George III, George IV, and William IV. Queen Victoria, however, was not fond of the Coach and after Prince Albert’s death in 1861, only opened Parliament seven times and did not make use of the State Coach. King Edward VII revived its use at his Coronation and the annual State Opening of Parliament, and this was continued by King George V from 1922. King George VI made use of it twice following his coronation.”

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The three-kilometer parade, led by the carriage, was divided into four acts, the first act ‘The Queen and Country’ featured a military procession in honour of the Queen, with service personnel from across the UK and the Commonwealth.

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The second part of the pageant was ‘The Time of Our Lives’ was a vibrant display of British life since 1952, moving through a transformation of popular culture over the last 70 years. With a cast of thousands, each decade was brought to life through the popular music and dance styles, fashion, youth culture, and classic vehicles of the times. Double-decker buses, wrapped in specially designed and custom-made graphics, remind spectators of the most memorable and world-shaping moments from the last seventy years. The act featured 150 ‘national treasures’ including TV personalities, musicians, chefs, sportspeople, designers, and artists who have helped shape British culture over the last 70 years. These include Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, James Martin, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker, and childhood favorites such as Basil Brush.

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The third act ‘Let’s Celebrate’ act of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant harnessed creativity, ingenuity, humor, and community spirit. It was a mash of street theatre, music-on-the-move, urban dance, and the very best of Carnival, May Day, Mela, Fiesta, and Mardi Gras to celebrate The Queen’s extraordinary life experience. This act featured an outburst of performer groups from across the UK who have all created their own unique pieces for the Pageant.

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The Royal family enjoyed the pageant from the front row. A wave from the Cambridges. Once again little Louis stole the show with his antics.

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At one moment he decided to go and sit on his Grandpa’s lap to watch the pageant.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte had fun while sitting in between their parents.

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The last act of the pageant was ‘Happy and Glorius’ was a finale like no other will form around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace with all parts of the Pageant leading to this moment. It served as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty with the singing of the National Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’, and the London Community Gospel Choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

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At this moment, The Queen made a decision to appear in front of the country to receive gratitude and thank the well-wishers for the historic celebrations. Due to her fragile health at the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II decided not to attend every event of the platinum jubilee. She was present at the first event – Trooping the Colour Parade on Thursday.

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She was joined by Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke, and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Prince Goerge, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

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A look at the same event in 2012 during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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The Queen was looking elegant in a green outfit and one of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Bow brooches.
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Ahead of The Queen’s appearance, Palace released a heartfelt message from The Queen.

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For the last event of the Platinum Jubilee, The Duchess of Cambridge chose a stunning raspberry pink look.

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The Duchess was wearing a custom Stella McCartney dress. Thanks to Middleton Maven for the id and Ufo No More for the confirmation.

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Another look at the midi-dress that features draping and pleat detail, and structured shoulders.

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The Duchess paired the outfit with a pair of UFO earrings that we have seen in the past on a few occasions.
Catherine was wearing Emmy London Rebecca Lipstick Pumps.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore Emmy London Natasha Lipstick Bag
Emmy London Natasha Lipstick Bag
She was carrying a matching Emmy London Natasha clutch.
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The last 4 days have been an amazing experience for all of us. We learned new things about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, we got to see the Cambridge children more than ever in just 4 days, and the extended royal family got multiple opportunities to come together and show a united front amid one after another royal scandal. But the most important factor was the nation, realms and commonwealth had an opportunity to thank Her Majesty for the 7 decades of selfless services! A big thank you to those who were present in London for the celebrations and shared their moments with us. Thank you to all the readers for your patience and support.

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