Key moments of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Paddington and Prince Louis


Key moments of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Paddington and Prince Louis

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LONDON – Britain has pulled out all the stops to celebrate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. In the sky above Buckingham Palace, drones formed the shapes of floating teacups and giant corgis. A parade of 1,400 soldiers, hundreds of horses and a bevy of royal superfans could be seen on the ground.

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Sunday marks the end of a series of platinum anniversary celebrations during a four-day public holiday that also included street parties and picnics across the country. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments:

70 jets form “70” in the sky in a dramatic military flypast

The Royal Air Force ‘flypast’ formed the number ’70’ over London during Thursday’s Trooping the Color spectacle – much to the delight of some locals, who saw it roared over their homes, and the Queen, who smiled as she watched .

Britain says “thank you ma’am” to the Queen at the Platinum Jubilee spectacle

The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows also performed during the anniversary celebrations, leaving red, white and blue trails. Emotional members of the crowd told the Washington Post that they wanted to say a big thank you to the Queen for her lifetime of service.

The fighter jets were too loud for little Prince Louis

With eyes tightly closed and hands firmly on his majestic ears, Prince Louis let the world know that the flyby over Buckingham Palace in honor of his great-grandmother’s birthday was far too loud.

The prince, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, appeared to let out a cry as the Queen beamed beside him on the world-famous balcony.

And the 4-year-old prince didn’t stop there. He was also seen making faces, saluting and waving at crowds. The Times of London dubbed him the ‘royal fool’, while The Sun could only find one very British word for his display: cheeky.

On social media, one viewer described Louis as “the face that started 1000 memes,” while others said he just stole the show.

A “breathtaking” light show over Buckingham Palace

A message reading “Thank you ma’am” lit up the skies over Buckingham Palace on Saturday night as a star-studded music concert unfolded. Drones also formed the shape of a giant corgi – the Queen’s favorite dog breed – and a giant floating teapot and teacup.

During the concert, known as the “Platinum Party at the Palace,” various images were projected onto the Palace, which featured performances by artists such as Alicia Keys, Queen, and Diana Ross.

An estimated 11 million people watched from their homes on Saturday night, the BBC reported, while thousands more flooded the Mall to catch the screening, widely dubbed “stunning” Homage to the Queen’s Reign.

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Heir to the throne Prince Charles honored his “mama”, and Prince William celebrated his grandmother’s reign. “Sometimes this country just has it” tweeted Sky News journalist Mark Austin.

The Queen, Paddington Bear and ‘Ma’amalade’ sandwiches

The Queen sat down at the Palace for tea with Paddington Bear and Britain went wild. Two British icons at the same table, discussing – or should we say – their shared love of jam “Mamalade” – Sandwiches. It was a comedy sketch that surprised some viewers and showed how the monarch still has her sense of humor at 96.

The Queen and Paddington Bear light up a swing palace

The mystery of what the Queen keeps in her purse was finally solved when Elizabeth was filmed in the sketch pulling a sandwich out of her bag – before the pair played the beat to the opening song ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen on their flowered teacups and saucers.

The famous golden carriage closes the grand street carnival

Among the final standout moments of the four-day weekend, Britain’s famed Gold State Coach appeared on Sunday to cap off the celebrations at the jubilee competition, which will serve as a carnival involving children and arts groups from local communities.

The ornate carriage, which is 24 feet long and weighs four tonnes, is the third oldest surviving carriage in the UK and features engraved lion heads, palm trees and cherubs on the roof.

He’s rarely seen on the streets of London, but when he is, he’s pulled by eight horses and moves at a walking pace.

William Booth, Karla Adam, and Adela Suliman contributed to this report.

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