Queen Elizabeth II :Prince William arrived at Buckingham Palace to support the Queen at the dual beacon lighting ceremony, which will take place at Windsor Castle.
The Queen’s Green Canopy Tree of Trees sculpture will be illuminated as part of the Principal Beacon for the Platinum Jubilee, which will be accompanied by projections of archive photographs onto the front of Buckingham Palace.
When Her Majesty symbolically initiates the ceremony from Windsor, the grand structure will be illuminated with 3500 festoon lights.
The ceremony began with Prince William’s arrival and conversation with the designers of the illuminating structure, which marked the beginning of one end of the ceremony 22 miles away.
As she walked onto the grounds, she was greeted by trumpeters and presented with the Commonwealth of Nations Globe, a blue globe that sat on a purple cushion inside a crown.
She was escorted out to the Quadrangle, close to her private apartments, and then continued on her own with the assistance of her walking stick, dressed in a jade green coat and silk dress.
The Queen then pressed down on the globe, which sounded more trumpets as the lights flashed across the Windsor gardens and raced the entire distance to the Tree of Trees, illuminating it from top to bottom.
As he watched, the Duke became emotional as he saw the symbol of his grandmother’s reign light up in front of him.
Following the lighting, William was treated to a performance of A Life Lived with Grace by the London Community Gospel Choir and singer Gregory Porter in honor of the Queen.
Symbolizing her reign, 3500 beacons will be lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Overseas Territories.
The ceremony ended with Prince William chatting with Gregory and other students who had been brought to the palace, as well as luminescent projections of the monarch’s photographs on the palace walls.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue into the night, with a spectacular display of over 3,500 beacons lighting up the UK and Commonwealth capital cities.
From her Windsor Castle home, the 96-year-old monarch will watch as the world pays tribute by lighting up the night sky.
It follows an incredible day in which hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on the RAF Red Arrows as they flew across London.
Before the Queen wowed the huge crowds at Buckingham Palace, Meghan Markle appeared to be in a playful mood as she joined members of the Royal Family for the Trooping the Colour parade.
After testing positive for Covid, Prince Andrew sat out the event, it was later confirmed.
During the event, Meghan, who arrived in the UK with Prince Harry last night, was seen joking with the younger royals.
Prince Louis stole the show on the palace balcony as Kate, George, and Charlotte waved from their royal carriage, kicking off celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Thousands lined the streets to welcome the four-day bank holiday, which was led by Prince Charles and Prince William.