Thousands of light signals lit for Jubilee in Britain

The 96-year-old monarch launched the day of celebration of the 70th anniversary of his reign from Windsor Castle, “beacon lighting”, a British tradition that includes lighthouses in honor of the sovereign.

The first day of celebration of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign ended on Thursday evening, with thousands of light signs lighting up across the United Kingdom and countries of the Commonwealth. After thousands cheered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, the 96-year-old monarch ended the day from Windsor Castle by launching “beacon lighting”, a British tradition that involves lighting luminous signs Is. respect to the sovereign.

Immediately after 9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. French time), in a precise ceremony, he touched with his gloved hands a small globe representing the Commonwealth of Nations, immediately at Buckingham Palace, 40 kilometers away. Published, a giant statue represents a tree 21 meters high. More than 3,000 candles, torches or other bonfires are also set to be lit across the country, including the four highest peaks of Britain’s four countries, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the British Overseas Territories. ,

The 96-year-old monarch ended the day by launching “beacon lighting” from Windsor Castle. Toby Melville/AFP

The lights are also to illuminate 54 Commonwealth capitals on five continents and nine bridges spanning the Thames in London, as is the iconic Beatty Tower in the capital, as well as several cathedrals in England. The main lighting attraction of the night was the sculpture “Tree of Trees” in front of Buckingham Palace, in front of the Queen’s grandson Prince William and second in the line of succession. Made from 350 trees grown in the UK, the sculpture is meant to remind that trees are “Super Hero” The city, according to its architect Thomas Heatherwick.

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The Queen touched a small globe representing the Commonwealth of Nations with her gloved hand, which immediately followed a massive statue representing a 21-metre-high tree at Buckingham Palace, 40 kilometers away. Toby Melville/Reuters

Thus the much-popular sovereign concludes the first of four days of his Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Earlier on Thursday, she appeared twice on the Buckingham balcony, first for the annual ‘Hail to the Colours’ military parade and then for the Royal Air Force flypast, where the crowd cheered for her. But on the downside, the palace announced on Thursday evening that the Queen, who has been suffering from health concerns for months, after feeling “a certain discomfort” on the first day of the festivities, to be celebrated at St. Thanks will miss the service.

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