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Platinum Jubilee: 70 years of the Queen in 70 seconds

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, celebrating her 70 years on the British throne, is above all a tribute to one of history’s great acts of constancy.

Her reign has spanned virtually the entire post-World War II era, making her a witness to cultural upheavals from the Beatles to Brexit, technological advances from wireless radio to Zoom, political leaders from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson.

From the sepia-tinted pictures of her coronation in 1953 to her emotional televised address to a nation in the grip of the pandemic in 2020, the queen has been an abiding presence in British life for as long as most Britons have been alive.

Her triumphs — history-making visits to South Africa and Ireland — have lifted the country. Her sorrows — the fraught days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a Paris car crash, or the Covid-enforced isolation of her grieving for her deceased husband, Prince Philip — have become the nation’s sorrows.

Perhaps no living person has met so many famous people, a gallery of heroes and villains ranging from Nelson Mandela to Vladimir V. Putin. But it is her countless meetings with ordinary people that have left perhaps the most lasting imprint of the longest serving British monarch in history.

The photographs below are a small representation of her reign:

The queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with one of her corgis in September 1952.

Elizabeth’s coronation in June 1953, after the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952.

She was 25 years old when she ascended to the throne in 1952.

Riding in front of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, en route to the Horse Guards Parade in London for a Trooping the Colour ceremony in May 1956.

Attending a dinner with Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, at No. 10 Downing Street in London in April 1955.

The queen on a royal tour in Nigeria in 1956.

A motorcade taking Queen Elizabeth along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House in Washington in 1957, on her first trip to the United States as the British monarch.

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Britain’s streets are decked out with flags, tea parties have been planned and cakes baked as the country marks Queen Elizabeth II’s unprecedented 70 years on the throne.

The country is hailing its highly popular monarch with four days of pageantry and parties as she becomes the first to celebrate an anniversary billed as the Platinum Jubilee. As her reign enters what is likely its closing act, the jubilee represents a moment of light for the queen, her family and the nation after two dark years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the death of Prince Philip and royal scandals.

Join us as we follow along with the royal festivities in London and beyond.

LONDON — Proof that this jubilee will be a very British combination of old and new lies in the layers of Jemma Melvin’s “Platinum Pudding,” which beat almost 5,000 rivals in a special bake off to find an official dessert to mark the occasion.

Her winning entry is a seven-layer lemon swiss roll and amaretti trifle, a modern twist on a traditional dish that dates back to the 1700s.

Organizers hope people across the country might serve the winning dessert at the thousands of street parties being held as part of this week’s celebrations.

They may have ranted that the royals were a “fascist regime” and said the queen “ain’t no human being,” but the punk icons the Sex Pistols appear to have mellowed since releasing the countercultural anthem “God Save the Queen” during the monarch’s 1977 Silver Jubilee.

The band has re-released the song as a potentially lucrative tie-in for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee. But now, all in their 60s, its members appear to have lost some of the anti-establishment swagger that made the song such a hit.

“I mean, it’s entertaining stuff,” Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones told The Associated Press of the four-day event. “Tourists just absolutely love it.”

Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, then known as Johnny Rotten, recently told the broadcaster Talk TV he was “really, really proud of the queen for surviving and doing so well.”

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s face was full of smiles during the Royal Air Force flypast, the centerpiece of Thursday’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but it was one of her great-grandsons who stole the show.

Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, had no problem showing his emotions while standing next to the queen, and was seen fidgeting, covering his eyes, holding his head in his hands and resting his chin throughout the ceremony on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.

But it was an image of the 4-year-old holding his ears, with his mouth wide open, that took off on social media, quickly achieving meme-status.

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Prince Andrew has tested positive for Covid and will not attend Saturday’s jubilee service of thanksgiving for the queen at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“After undertaking a routine test the Duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service,” the statement said.

Andrew was stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages in January after his lawyers failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that accused him of sexual abuse.

The following month, he reached a legal settlement with Virginia Giuffre who alleges she was 17 when she was sexually abused by him.