Four hundred and eighty-eight tables were spread out on the Long Walk in Windsor to eat and toast the Queen. Five hundred and fifty-five tables lined up between the towns of Goring and Streatley to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Although the palm was taken at the end by the endless table of a mile (1,609 meters), as a multicolored snake with the Union Jacks, which traveled in a double direction through the Swanage center, on the Dorset coast.

The British wanted to party and threw the house out the window on the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II, who received an unexpected visit from Paddington Bear at tea time, seasoned with the typical jam sandwiches and as a prelude to the spectacular concert before Buckingham Palace where Prince Charles and his son William competed on stage with Diana Ross and Rod Stewart.

In the great parade through the mall, reviewing the seven decades of the Queen (from Cliff Richard to Ed Sheran), a hologram of Isabell II will cover her absence, aboard the famous gold-plated float. A herd of “corgis” and an endless line of vintage cars will refresh the memory of the spectators in the “show” that confirmed the iconic status of the monarchy. It is estimated that more than 12 million Britons joined the more than 85,000 meals, more than 16,000 street parties, three thousand night beacons and countless tributes in honor of Elizabeth II, who unfolded like never before in her heirs.

Charles and Camilla represented the Queen again on Sunday, at the big luncheon at the Oval cricket stadium, where they broke the big Jubilee Cake. The 73-year-old heir and the future “queen consort” have taken over these days with total naturalness, the same with which the British have assumed their new star role.

“Long live the co-monarchy!” seemed to be the unwritten slogan of the four days of festivities that began with the Queen’s presence on the Buckingham balcony, followed by her notorious absence from the Thanksgiving ceremony. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles once again officially represented his mother, as he did at the State Opening of Parliament.

“Your Majesty, mommy…” Carlos connected emotionally with his compatriots like never before. With tears in his eyes, with the future “queen consort” at his side, the heir to the Crown paid a very personal tribute to his mother in the final act of the concert in Buckingham: “You laughed and cried with us and, most importantly, After all, you were always there for us for 70 years. You promised to serve your whole life and you continue to deliver. That’s why we’re here.”

In a spontaneous gesture, Carlos invited the more than 22,000 spectators to give a spontaneous and collective “thank you” to the Queen: “And although my mother is not with us, she is seeing us at Windsor Castle, which is just twenty miles. So if we shout hard enough, he’ll surely hear us.”

Elizabeth II, in a prerecorded video that had the same surprise effect as the legendary visit of James Bond during the 2012 Olympic Games, opened the concert from a distance with the help of the very polite and clumsy Paddington, with whom he ended up setting the rhythm of “We will rock you” with teaspoons and cups (in anticipation of the resurrection of Brian May and the Queen).

Prince William also took the alternative at the concert, picking up his father’s environmental witness and confirming the natural transfer of power between the heirs: “My grandmother has lived for almost a century and has seen unimaginable innovations in science and technology “And yet it is more urgent than ever to protect our planet. As the Queen, I am optimistic and hopeful to see environmental issues at the top of the global agenda, with more and more businesses and politicians answering the call. And with the momentum of an amazing and united generation of young people around the world.

The Platinum Jubilee has reaffirmed the rise of the impeccable Kate and the bursting onto the scene of Louis, the wayward four-year-old son, who took center stage in the opening with his gestures, his faces and his “screams” as the “screams” passed. red arrows” across the sky (in contrast to formalities George and Charlotte).

Applause for Harry and Meghan upon their arrival at St. Paul’s Cathedral suggests that reconciliation is possible, though it will take time. Relegated to the second row, the Sussexes at least had the opportunity to have a good time with the Queen and introduce her great-granddaughter and namesake Lilibet, who has just turned one year old.

The royal family has made an effort to project an image of stability and relative unity despite the turbulence of these last two years (the absence of Prince Andrew in all the acts for having tested positive for the Covid also helped to avoid friction ). And the British have responded with celebrations of all colours, including the celebrations on St. Marks Road in Bristol, the most multi-ethnic in the country.

The potato omelettes went hand in hand with the Indian samosas, the Italian focaccia and the egg sandwiches at the street party in an old stable in London, sponsored, among others, by the Catalan Marc Guitart and with the main course of the mural painted by his 15-year-old son, Pau Guitart, who symbolizes integration into the “melting pot” of British society: “Lexham Mews, where we all fit”.

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