THE beam on Her Majesty’s face said it all.
The Queen had looked a little timid, even frail, when she first stepped onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet her parading troops – albeit still in remarkable shape for a 96-year-old with mobility issues.
But when she reappeared a short while later, it was almost as if you could see the enthusiastic cheers from the crowd below, filling her with renewed vigour.
And at the conclusion of the impressive flyby – in which the magnificent Red Arrows were once eclipsed by the disturbing sight of 15 Typhoon jets spelling ’70’ in formation – our monarch appeared entirely rejuvenated.
The culmination of the Queen’s birthday parade proved to be as rousing a start to her platinum jubilee extravaganza as we could have wished for.
Trained to perfection, nearly 2,000 Household Detachment soldiers put on an impeccable Trooping the Color spectacle – despite a handful of goofs trying to interrupt the march up the mall with a misjudged vegan protest.
If the protesters, or anyone else, doubted the affection shown to the Queen, they need only look to the many well-wishers in Trafalgar Square and beyond to be close to their beloved monarch on her special day.
It’s a respect mirrored around the world as US President Joe Biden yesterday commended her “selfless devotion and service.”
Speaking for the French – not normally lovers of the monarchy – Emmanuel Macron delivered a fitting tribute when he spoke of the Queen as “the golden thread that binds our two nations”.
For the Brits, it is even more valuable: the platinum thread that binds generation after generation through the consistency of their record-breaking reigns.
Inevitably, the younger generations of their own families take on more burdens and yesterday Prince Charles did them proud by inspecting the troops at Horse Guards Parade.
But it was the youngest generation of royals who stole the limelight, with Wills and Kate’s three children charming the nation.
Four-year-old Prince Louis in particular caused laughs and giggles in equal measure with his mini sailor suit and cheeky antics.
On the balcony, he chatted excitedly with his clearly tickled great-grandmother, before grimacing comically and cupping his hands over his ears as the drive-by rumbled overhead.
Earlier, on the carriage ride, he was acclaimed for his overzealous waves to Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who – aged seven and ten, respectively.
When you think you’ve seen it all, imagine how the Queen must be feeling with almost 90 more years of experience.
And judging by Her Majesty’s revived smile, hopefully the retreat from the service is just a minor setback and these pilots can start practicing their “75” formation for a Double Diamond Jubilee in 2027.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5479667/platinum-jubilee-bravo-britain-making-queen-smile/ Bravo Britain (and Prince Louis) for making our rejuvenated Queen smile during her platinum jubilee extravaganza