1.5 million well wishers gathered in front of Buckingham Palace today to celebrate Queen Elizabeth‘s Diamond Jubilee today (June 5th) in London. Before that, though, the royal family gathered at St. James Palace, then headed to St. Paul’s cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to mark gran’s big day. Then it was on to Guildhall for a lunch reception where the royal family mingled with other guests including Prime Minister David Cameron.
A carriage procession brought the senior royals – Prince Charles, Camilla (in a Bruce Oldfield coat and hat by Philip Treacy) William, Catherine, and Harry – back to Buckingham Palace, where they took to the balcony to join in on a rendition of “Land of Hope And Glory” and “God Save The Queen,” according to the Daily Mail. These five key royals represent the future of the British monarchy, and it was important to the palace that they flank the Queen on her big day.
At Guildhall, other members of the royal family toasted the Queen, including Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Mike Tindall, Zara Philips, and Prince Edward. The Queen’s youngest son visited Prince Philip in hospital, who had taken ill with a bladder infection. ”He’s getting better. He’s in good spirit. He’s on good form,” Edward told reporters.
The crowds gave Her Majesty three cheers as the monarch looked over the Mall, visibly pleased with how the four-day celebration went.
Catherine stuck to her tried and true (British) designer Alexander McQueen, wearing a dusty pink lace dress cinched at the waist with a ribbon. Atop her head sat a delicate fascinator by Jane Taylor.
The Queen will make a special broadcast tonight at 6pm GMT, which will also be available to view on the Royal YouTube channel. Catch highlights from the lunch at Guildhall, along with the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.
What a day for England!