Queen Elizabeth II kicked off festivities Saturday to mark her Platinum Jubilee — the 70-year anniversary of Feb. 6 1952, when she ascended to the throne at age 25.
Driving the news: “It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign,” the Queen wrote in a statement Saturday.
- “I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me,” she added.
- The Queen also outlined plans for the royal family’s transition after her death. “It is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
The big picture: The Queen briefly appeared at a small reception Saturday to greet guests and cut a celebratory cake but plans to spend Sunday quietly, per the New York Times. Four days of celebration to mark the jubilee are planned for June.