Queen Elizabeth II has asked her British subjects and Commonwealth nations to look ahead with “confidence and enthusiasm” as they prepared to celebrate her record-breaking 70 years on the throne.
The Platinum Jubilee festivities will kick off on Thursday and run for 4 days as Britons contend with a surge in inflation not seen since the 1970s, with many households struggling to put food on the table and pay rocketing bills.
In a message for the jubilee, Elizabeth gave thanks to all involved in organising activities from local to national levels, in Britain and across the 54-nation Commonwealth.
“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions,” she said.
“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”