The gestures with which Prince Carlos ‘acted as King’ in the absence of Elizabeth II at the mass for the Platinum Jubilee

Max Yurva

Queen Elizabeth tried, but her health did not allow her to participate in the second day of the main events for the Platinum Jubilee, her Jubilee. Thus, after being at the foot of the canyon in Trooping the Color and the greeting from Buckingham Palace, having lunch with his whole family and at night carrying out the symbolic lighting of the torches for the Platinum Jubilee, he had to get off the rest of the celebrations . Specifically, he canceled his presence at the last act in which he was expected: the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Prince Charles in a car on arrival at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving ServicePrince Charles in a car on arrival at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

The Monarch had felt discomfort at Trooping the Colour, and taking into account the effort required to travel to St Paul, she had to cancel and leave Prince Charles, her son and heir, in charge once again, who thus presided over this religious service in honor to the Queen, but without the Queen. In any case, not only was it celebrated in honor of the Monarch and her 70-year reign, but this mass paid tribute to people from different sectors of society who have contributed to the public good, such as essential workers during the pandemic. .

Among the 2,000 guests were politicians such as Boris Johnson and ex-politicians such as David Cameron and Theresa May, representatives of civil society, the Armed Forces or charities and entities. Also, of course, almost the entire British Royal Family except for some distant relatives, Queen Elizabeth, as well as Prince Andrew, who was discharged because he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Beatrice of York and Edo Mapelli, Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank and Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at the Plati Jubilee Thanksgiving ServiceBeatrice of York and Edo Mapelli, Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank and Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at the Plati Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

Prince Charles acted as King without being King, as when he opened Parliament and read the speech on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, who had canceled his presence. Not only did he make his position clear by arriving last with Camilla Parker, who closed the procession as the highest-ranking royals present, nor by occupying the place of honor, but also with the way in which the Royal Family guests entered. British.

If the day before the members of the British Royal House, that is, the royals who represent the Crown and the Queen, went out on the balcony, in the Thanksgiving Service there was a greater distinction and greater honors were given to the two most honored couples. important members of the British Royal House.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the Platinum Jubilee Service of ThanksgivingPrince Harry and Meghan Markle after the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

Thus, at 12:00 in Spain (one hour less in the United Kingdom), the Dukes of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, David Armstrong-Jones with their son Charles, Lady Sarah Chatto appeared between bells and bells and Daniel Chatto with their children Sam and Arthur Chatto, as well as Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Tom Kingston, as well as the Duke of Kent and their descendants and Princess Alexandra of Kent .

Shortly afterwards Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and Sophie of Wessex arrived with their children, Lady Louise and James Mountbatten-Windsor. At the moment, Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi entered with Princess Eugenia of York and Jack Brooksbank, who usually go as a pack in this type of event, and finally Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving ServicePrince Charles and Camilla Parker and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to an official act together for the first time since leaving the British Royal House, and due to Prince Harry’s position in the line of succession, they entered the last before the great arrivals. Because it was precisely the line of succession that marked the arrivals and not belonging or not to the British Royal House.

Finally, and 10 minutes later, Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived and finally Prince Charles and Camilla Parker. The Prince of Wales, who made a gesture with the Duchess of Cornwall by placing her dress on her when she got up from her seat, thus acted as King without being King and walked towards the place of honor together with Camilla and the Dukes of Cambridge.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker and Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving ServicePrince Charles and Camilla Parker and Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

The rest waited, and thus he made it clear again that for him, the idea of ​​the Monarchy is smaller than that of Elizabeth II. He does not mean that when he ascends the Throne he will at once eliminate all the members of the British Royal House except the Cambridges, who will then be the Welsh, but that figure of such an extensive Monarchy will end when the reign of Elizabeth II ends.

Entry with order, exit more freely

Already at the exit there was not so much order and it was possible to see how, for example, the Dukes of Sussex mixed with Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, with whom they have a very good relationship, as well as their second uncle, the Earl of Snowdon. The Windsors left for the reception given by the Mayor of London to the British Royal Family at the Guildhall.

The Earls of Wessex and their children and Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence at the Platinum Jubilee Service of ThanksgivingThe Earls of Wessex and their children and Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence at the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

There was no meeting between the Cambridges and the Sussexes because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not attend the reception. Neither was there in St Paul because the protocol chose to separate them as much as possible. Thus, while the four main couples sat in the first row on the right side, the Sussexes sat in the second row on the left.

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