Today, June 2nd, 2022, marks the 69th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and her 70th year on the throne. She became queen at the age of 25 in February 1952, after her father, King George VI died and her uncle abdicated the throne. But, she was officially crowned the following year in June. She has surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning and longest-lived British monarch.
A great number of people have traveled to London for the Platinum Jubilee Celebration which began when the Queen celebrated her birthday with a parade popularly known as Trooping the Colour. For the celebrations in the U.K, there will be a four-day holiday weekend starting on Thursday, 2nd June. The celebration will include watching a Royal Air Force fly past the Mall. To mark the Queen’s long reign, the aircraft will be numbered 70. The Queen and other members of the royal family will watch this display from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Many World Leaders have paid tribute to the monarch. Barack Obama, the former president of the United States in a heartfelt video message to the Queen said that he and the monarch had a special bond. Joe Biden, the current President of the U.S wrote that he wishes Her Majesty a joyful Jubilee celebration and congratulates her on an unprecedented 70 years of service to the UK and commonwealth, and appreciates her Majesty for her friendship to the American people. Other prominent leaders such as Pope Francis, the French President Emmanuel Macron, and former British Prime Ministers Theresa May and John Mayor felicitated with her too.
Her royal highness is known for having presided over the shrinking British Empire and the rise of globalization. The Queen is 96 years as of 2022.