Royal watchers have been camping on the Mall for days in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Royal Family and showing their support to the Queen as she marks 70 years on the throne. Expats returned especially to join in the celebrations and to thank the Queen for the hard work she has put in since ascending the throne in 1952. Asked what had prompted her to travel from Spain to London, a woman told BBC Breakfast: “I’ve come from sunny Spain especially for one reason. And that is to say thank you, Your Majesty. Thank you.
“Big day today because of the military. This is a national event, it’s to do with our country, it’s not just the Queen and the family getting together.
“It’s all about…part of her service in these 70 years, she’s been supported. Who has she been supported by?
“The military, the armed forces, they’re the ones who protect her day in, day out.
“But they also protect us and they’re going to be parading today with their animals, their horses. And again, thank you.”
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Around 10 million people are estimated to have plannned celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The DCMS also said that more than 70,000 ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ and 200,000 more local events have been planned across the four nations.
Many official events will also be collecting money for charities throughout the bank holiday.
Across the Commonwealth and the rest of the world, more than 600 Big Jubilee Lunches are planned in around 80 countries – from Greenland to New Zealand.