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Jubilee: Harry and Meghan find the royal family, the queen is resting

Jubilee: Harry and Meghan find the royal family, the queen is resting
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Prince Harry and Meghan as they arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral on the 2nd day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee, June 3, 2022, in London (POOL/Daniel LEAL)

The British royal family gathered on Friday for a religious service celebrating 70 years of the historic reign of Elizabeth II, with Prince Harry and Meghan but without the tired queen, who will also miss the horse races on Saturday.

Two years after leaving California in pain, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their return in public for a royal event. They were excluded on Thursday from the exit on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which launched in front of tens of thousands of people in London the four days of platinum jubilee celebrating the record reign – 70 years – of the 96-year-old sovereign.

Very unpopular in the United Kingdom where their departure was seen as a whim, the Duke of Sussex, military medals hanging from the jacket, and the Duchess, in an off-white dress, received applause but also some boos when they arrived at the Saint Paul’s cathedral. Later followed by the heirs to the throne, Charles, 73, and his son William, who turns 40 on June 21, with their wives.

Buckingham Palace announced Thursday evening the “reluctant” absence of the monarch, yet head of the Anglican Church and very religious, due to a certain “discomfort”. As more and more often, the queen, who has difficulty walking, was represented by her heir Charles.

On Saturday, as the press reported, she will be represented by her daughter Anne for the Epsom derby, despite her passion for horse racing. She will watch them on television from Windsor Castle, her services have said.

– “Unique opportunity” –

Prince Charles and his wife Camille represented the Queen at St. Paul (POOL/Aaron Chown)

Prince Charles and his wife Camille represented the Queen at St. Paul (POOL/Aaron Chown)

The crowd gathered in the early morning in front of Saint-Paul. Guardsmen in traditional uniforms lined up on the forecourt and on the steps, and the bells rang continuously during arrivals, following a precise order of protocol, with former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, then the incumbent Boris Johnson, booed.

Rae Williams, 37, had brought a life-size cardboard image of the Queen with her “because she couldn’t come herself”. She says she attends all the events and likes Harry. “Meghan, I’m not sure, honestly,” she adds.

Prince Harry was surrounded by other members of the royal family in St. Paul (POOL / PHIL NOBLE)

Prince Harry was surrounded by other members of the royal family in St. Paul (POOL / PHIL NOBLE)

“It’s family, isn’t it?” said Julie Blewitt, 56, from the north of England: “This is a unique opportunity, it will never happen again,” she told AFP. “It won’t be the same without the queen.”

The religious service, attended by some 2,000 people, is one of the highlights of the four days of festivities celebrating the very popular Queen Elizabeth, who ascended the throne at the age of 25 on February 6, 1952.

“Your Majesty, we are sorry you are not here this morning but you are still in the saddle,” Bishop of York Stephen Cottrell said in his sermon, addressing the Queen who was watching the ceremony from television, in reference to his passion for horse racing. “And we are happy that it continues”.

– Lunch in Windsor –

The return of Harry and Meghan, who came from the United States with their two young children for the celebrations, has caused a lot of hostile ink to flow since their departure and their sensational confessions on American television.

Biography of Queen Elizabeth II (AFP/)

Biography of Queen Elizabeth II (AFP/)

Relations between Harry, 37, and William, second in line to the throne, are almost non-existent. They are not much better with her father, Prince Charles.

According to the biographer of the Harry-Meghan couple, Omid Scobie, however, they had lunch with family members in Windsor on Thursday, giving the Queen the opportunity to meet their daughter Lilibet for the first time, who celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.

The queen’s second son, Andrew, 62, was absent on Friday because he had Covid-19, according to Buckingham Palace. He no longer has any official role since charges of sexual assault in connection with the Epstein case in the United States, which he ended by paying several million dollars.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2, 2022 (AFP/Daniel LEAL)

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2, 2022 (AFP/Daniel LEAL)

The celebrations will continue on Saturday with a large evening concert in front of Buckingham Palace, before thousands of lunches and popular parties between neighbors on Sunday, then a huge parade in the streets of London, with nearly 10,000 participants.

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