Queen Elizabeth news LIVE: Her Majesty ‘humbled’ by Platinum Jubilee as she makes surprise Palace balcony appearance


THE Queen was left “humbled and touched” by her Platinum Jubilee celebrations as she appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Her Majesty, 96, was absent for much of the extended Bank Holiday weekend, after finding the first day enjoyable but tiring.

But in a message of thanks, the monarch acknowledged her health but said her “heart” had been with well-wishers during the Platinum Jubilee.

The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the Big Lunch, estimated that up to 18 million people could have taken part in Jubilee street parties, and the Queen expressed her hope this “renewed sense of togetherness” would be felt for years to come.

After the outpouring of public affection during her balcony appearance, the Queen said she was “humbled and deeply touched” so many people had taken part in celebrations marking her 70-year reign.

Surrounded by her family, she was cheered by thousands of well-wishers after stepping on to the balcony following the Platinum Pageant, which told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

Smiling as she acknowledged the spectators, she looked down on The Mall where tens of thousands had waited in hope of seeing her

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