The Queen enjoyed an amazing program of horse shows, military parades and performances by artists from all over the world. The meeting was attended by Helen Mirren, Joan Collins and Tom Cruise. The musical accompaniment was provided by Gregory Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber and singer Katherine Jenkins. The show focused on highlights from the Platinum Anniversary of Elizabeth and honors from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Prince Charles also spoke about his mother. He praised the way she has always been able to present herself and the way she handles various challenges in life.
There was also a role for Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of Prince Edward. She led a horse show with carriages in honor of Prince Philip, Elizabeth’s husband, who passed away last year.
The Queen received a standing ovation from the public when she walked independently to her spot in the stands. The royal family has been struggling with her health in recent months. According to the British court, she was experiencing “mobility problems”, which forced her to cancel some events. For example, she was not present at the start of the British Parliamentary year last Tuesday.
Elizabeth used a cane as she walked to her seat at the exhibition and was flanked by her son, Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex. The Queen clearly enjoyed the performances and made a delightful impression.
At the end of the evening, Elizabeth was taken from the party site in a Land Rover. She walked a short distance from her seat to the car and spoke briefly with some of the gallery staff along the way.