On February 6, 1952, when she was only 25 years old, Elizabeth II saw herself becoming the new Queen of England. Now 95 years old, the latter is therefore preparing to celebrate her 70 years of reign, that is to say her Platinum Jubilee. For the occasion, Buckingham saw things big, with numerous trips by the Queen to different places in the Commonwealth and around the world. The high point of this Platinum Jubilee will take place in June 2022, with a very dense program of celebrations of all kinds.
For the occasion, and somewhat against all odds, his son, Prince Andrew, will accompany him on at least one stage of his journey. It must be said that after being at the heart of a sexual abuse scandal with Virginia Giuffre, the 62-year-old man should no longer be part of it. However, while this matter appears to be settled for good, it has been reported that Andrew will be chaperoning the Queen again sometime in June.
“Elizabeth II wants to show that she still makes the decisions”
“He was to remain unseen during the Platinum Jubilee so there was no chance of him taking part in any events. But the Queen needs a chaperone on all occasions at this time due to her mobility issues and Andrew has designated Derby Trooping the Color as the one where he will accompany him,” a source close to Buckingham said. A decision that does not necessarily please internally.
This is how Prince Charles and his nephew Prince William would have expressed to the Queen their dissatisfaction with the role played by Andrew. According to the same source, the two heirs to the throne would have been “shocked” and appalled” to see Andrew appear in the foreground. But Vanity Fair editor Katie Nicholl said the Queen had deliberately chosen to play Andrew such an important role on this day and to show the public that she “always makes the decisions”.Yes, even at 95, Elizabeth II is still the head of her royal family.
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