70 years on the throne, how Queen Elizabeth celebrated her past jubilee

70 years on the throne, how Queen Elizabeth celebrated her past jubilee

Queen Elizabeth is the only British monarch to have celebrated her 70th year on the throne. (File)


The platinum jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II will be the ninth such celebration by a British king since King George III in 1809.

He and Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1901, used silver, gold and diamonds to mark their 25th, 50th and 60th years as kings.

But Elizabeth is the only one who has celebrated her 70th year on the throne.

1977 Silver Jubilee

Street parties across the country were seen at the festival, with large numbers of Union Jack flags

Nearly one million people flocked to central London to see the King during a car parade, as he sailed across the River Thames and traveled to 36 counties in the UK with her husband Prince Philip.

They have traveled approximately 56,000 miles (90,100 kilometers) to the Commonwealth countries in the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean.

A limited number of new 25-pence coins were created, and the new addition to the London Underground was named the Jubilee Line.

“These 25 years have seen a lot of change for Britain,” Queen Elizabeth said in a speech to Parliament.

“No longer is it an imperial power, we are adhering to what it means for ourselves and our relationship with the rest of the world,” he said.

He noted that joining the European Union – the EU’s forerunner – was one of the “most important decisions” of his reign.

He also spoke about advances in medicine, science and technology, including television.

But with the UK economy skidding, not everyone feels like partying.

The Sex Pistol released their anti-authoritarian punk anthem “God Save the Queen”, which was banned by the BBC.

2002 Golden Jubilee

The 1990s were marked by a royal divorce trio, the Windsor Castle fire and the death of Princess Diana.

This, and an immersion in the royal family’s popularity, predicted the event would be a flop.

But the Golden Jubilee has rejected the expectation of condemnation.

The queen lost her sister, Princess Margaret, in February, and her 101-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth, in March, sparking widespread public sympathy.

Street parties again feature a four-day weekend in June.

In front of a crowd of 12,000 at a Buckingham Palace Garden pop concert, Queen guitarist Brian May was crowned playing the national anthem on the roof, while a million people filled the streets outside.

Performers included Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, Shirley Bassi, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Cliff Richard and even Ozzy Osborne.

The king’s grandson, Prince William, and Harry were first seen in public with their future stepmother, Camilla.

The look of a palace porch was topped by a Concorde flypast.

“By any standards, it’s been a remarkable 50 years,” said Rani.

“There have been ups and downs, but anyone can imagine how things were after that long six-year war, appreciating what has changed dramatically since then.

“I think we can look back with measured pride.”

In addition to his three-month tour of Britain, he toured Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

2012 Diamond Jubilee

The jubilee of 2012 came in the same year that London hosted the Olympics and Paralympics.

The June 2-5 celebration saw a river competition, lighting, a thanksgiving service and a pop concert.

The 1,000-boat race was the Thames’ largest flotilla in 350 years. An estimated 1.2 million people lined the river, despite torrential rains.

The concert in front of Buckingham Palace was organized by Tech That’s Gary Barlow and was attended by Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Madness and Paul McCartney.

Prince Charles, in his concluding remarks, thanked his “mummy” for “making us proud to be British,” with great rejoicing.

An estimated 8.5 million people attended the Big Jubilee Lunch Rally, which replaced street parties.

Elizabeth and Philip visited Britain, while other members of the royal family visited the Commonwealth countries, including Prince Harry, who was with sprint superstar Usain Bolt in Jamaica.

The clock tower of the House of Parliament was renamed the Elizabeth Tower, and the Olympic Park bears its name.

Only Elizabeth, Charles and her family can be seen on the porch of Buckingham Palace, pointing to the future of the monarchy.

“I am dedicated to serving you anew,” he said in a jubilee message, “a time to thank for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look to the future with a clear head and a warm heart.”

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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