Queen Elizabeth Lights the Jubilee Beacon with Help from Prince William

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A year ago it was very difficult to imagine the incombustible British sovereign requiring assistance to walk in her public appearances, but the mobility problems she has experienced in recent months have made seeing her leaning on a cane become commonplace. In fact, it was considered a real triumph that yesterday he did not have to use a wheelchair to attend the Trooping the Colour parade, although he paid the price of spending so many hours standing, and today he has canceled his attendance at a mass in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Like everything Elizabeth II does and says, the cane she used in the lighting of lanterns, which closed the first day of celebrations for her 70 years of reign, also has a very special meaning. It is a gift from the armed forces that includes a dedication expressing its widespread admiration for the devotion that the queen has shown throughout her life in the service of the country: “The Army presents its loyal support to the sovereign in its Platinum Jubilee. MCML 11 – MMXX 11”.

This gift was hand-delivered to a member of Elizabeth’s staff by General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, who later explained to the Daily Telegraph newspaper that he had chosen an article that was “personal, relevant and practical”. The British monarch loved the idea and was especially pleased with the design of the cane made by craftsman Dennis Wall.

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