A plane carrying Queen Elizabeth II was forced to be redirected from its original landing area after being struck by lightning. The queen, who is celebrating 70 years of her reign with plans to celebrate a platinum jubilee across the country, was flying from north-west London before strong winds, rain, hail and even thunder forced the plane to the other side.
According to Daily Mail, A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed that the Queen’s plane had to cancel its landing attempt, but that there were no security concerns for the King. The publication even reported that the Queen’s private jet circled London and the surrounding area for 15 minutes, making a successful landing attempt possible before a suitable break in the weather.
Queen Elizabeth II, now 96, is the longest reigning monarch in British history. Its Platinum Jubilee is the first of its kind to be celebrated on a royal scale, culminating in a TV special awaited by millions of participants and one billion people around the UK.
The celebration ends on Sunday with a public parade through the “Platinum Jubilee Pageant” – Central London. About 10,000 people are involved in a musical and creative demonstration of how British society has changed since the Queen began her rule in a very different country in 1952. Then, the coronation caused a boom in television set sales. To date, one billion viewers around the world are expected to tune in to watch Sunday, singing “God Save the Queen” with Ed Sheeran.