Queen ‘humbled and touched’ by Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Queen has said she was “humbled and deeply touched” by the Platinum Jubilee celebrations held across the UK.

In a “thank you” letter after a concluding pageant in London, she said she remained committed to serving as monarch with the support of her family.

The Queen said despite not being at every event marking her 70-year reign: “My heart has been with you all.”

She was joined by three generations of her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the finale of the pageant.

Her appearance rounded off a huge star-studded procession along The Mall which saw carnival floats celebrating the seven decades of her reign.

Millions of people also held Jubilee parties and street lunches in towns and cities across the UK on the final day of the four-day bank holiday weekend.

In a statement issued as the long weekend’s events drew to a close, the Queen, who is 96, said she had been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship she had seen over during the four-day celebration.

It said: “When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”

It was signed, Elizabeth R.

Sunday’s pageant began with a military parade with personnel from the UK’s armed forces and from across the Commonwealth.

The 260-year-old Gold State Coach which carried the Queen to her coronation in 1953 rode through the streets, with the Queen appearing as a hologram inside.

As the floats made their way past during the two hour show, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George – the next three generations of monarchs – all watched from the royal box.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later tweeted: “Amazing display of street art, theatre, music, sport and more… what a joyous occasion!”

TV personalities, musicians, chefs, sportspeople, designers, and artists who have helped shape British culture of the last 70 years took part.

Among them were singer Cliff Richard, boxer Chris Eubank, model Naomi Campbell and athlete Sir Mo Farah.

Cultural icons such as the Trotters’ yellow van from sitcom Only Fools and Horses, the video game character PacMan, and children’s TV characters filled the streets.

The pageant also saw street theatre acts and urban dance from groups across the UK.