British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday before a four-day celebration next week to mark her 70th birthday on the throne.
Elizabeth, 96, turned seven decades old on the throne in February and will be held from June 2 to 5, with nationwide events to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, a Thanksgiving service and a concert outside Buckingham Palace.
In Parliament on Thursday, politicians will pay their respects to the Queen in a “humble speech” with an open debate by Johnson.
“Today we pay tribute to a head of state whose service to service and dedication to duty are not just parallel,” Johnson was quoted as saying by his office.
“Most of us in this country know only one king and in all that has thrown us over the last 70 years is the rock that our nation and our people have anchored.”
Elizabeth became the Queen of the United Kingdom and became the Queen of more than a dozen other states, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, on the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, while she was on an international tour of Kenya.
Johnson said the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, a group of 54 countries whose queen is also the head, not the institution but the crowned person, would be silent in the celebration.
“This wonderful woman who has led her country through good and bad times by God and her authority,” she says. “For the people who have sacrificed their lives, for their beloved Commonwealth, for the idea of what a constitutional monarchy can and should be.”
The four-day celebration will begin next Thursday with a traditional ‘Trooping the Color’ military parade in central London and will include a service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, a concert outside Buckingham Palace the next day and a competition through a competition. The British capital on Sunday.
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