On the day she turns 70, Prince Charles paid tribute to his mum on behalf of the nation. He addressed a packed National Mall and thanked her for 70 years of service. The prince also took the opportunity to thank Diana Ross and the millions of Brits who celebrated the Queen’s birthday with her. He shared a photo of the royal family on Instagram, along with the speech he delivered.
The prince spoke in his own speech alongside Camilla, the duchess. He also chose images of the Queen, including her handshake with Martin McGuiness in June 2012, the Queen shaking hands with Nelson Mandela in 1996, and a carriage ride with Nelson Mandela. Prince Charles said he chose the images of his mum because they tell the story of her life, and the people’s appreciation for her.
While the monarch was not present for the concert, she appeared in a surprise video. She shared a laugh with children through a tribute to the marmalade sandwich that he sang. The concert was preceded by a comedy skit and ended with speeches from the monarch’s son and grandson. Prince Charles addressed the monarch as “Your Majesty, mummy” and praised her for her selfless service.
During the event, more than 30 members of the Royal Family attended the show, including the Duchess of Cambridge. Harry and Meghan, however, did not attend the show. Prince Charles and Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan attended separately. Prince William recalled the ever-growing list of world leaders and the seemingly endless stack of state papers the queen has reviewed. The two princes also talked about the Queen’s role as a symbol of peace and stability.
The royal family has a busy weekend ahead. The Queen was absent from many events, including the Platinum Pageant and Trooping the Colour on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The Queen had also attended events held at Windsor Castle on Thursday night. And Prince Charles’s performance was accompanied by the Royal Ballet. So, the royal family is one of the most anticipated events of the summer.
A day later, the duchess of Cambridge and Camilla Middleton visited a 1950s themed seaside funfair in Belfast. Both Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex watched a dance performance and tried their hand at pulling a pint of Guinness. Afterwards, they listened to Queen Elizabeth’s 2021 Christmas speech.
The queen did not attend the special Thanksgiving service in London on Wednesday as she felt uneasy at the event. However, she waved to the huge crowds as she arrived. Nearly 50 members of the royal family gathered at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also attended the event. After all, it is hard to imagine a royal family without Meghan and Harry.