Update: Queen Elizabeth ‘humbled’ by Platinum Jubilee response

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LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth said on Sunday she had been “humbled and deeply touched” by the number of people coming out to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee at the conclusion of four days of celebration to mark her 70 years on the British throne.

“When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee,” she said in a statement.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.”

Earlier Queen Elizabeth, flanked by son and heir Prince Charles and two other future kings, waved to cheering crowds massed outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday (June 5) as nationwide celebrations to mark her 70 years on the British throne came to an end.

The 96-year-old monarch had withdrawn from several events during the Platinum Jubilee due to “episodic mobility issues.” On Sunday afternoon she was greeted by huge cheers, trumpets and a rendition of the national anthem before retreating inside.

Wearing bright green, the queen smiled and waved as she appeared alongside Charles, grandson William and his eldest child, George. Charles’ wife Camilla, William’s wife Kate and their two younger children made up the unusually small family group on the balcony.

The appearance capped the final day of a four-day celebration which was marked on Sunday by a colourful and eccentric London pageant where military bands, vintage cars, dancers and celebrities paraded through the streets.

Reuters / BBC

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