Platinum Jubilee: Worldwide tributes to the Queen are led by Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron led world leaders in congratulating the Queen on her platinum jubilee when France gifted Her Majesty a horse to mark her historic 70 years on the throne today.
Macron described the Queen as the “golden thread that binds our nations together,” while praising her “dedication to our alliance and our friendship” in a video message this morning from the Elysee Palace.
His warm wishes preceded a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, where both the French and British national anthems will be played, and after France gifted Her Majesty a horse as a nod to her love of all things horse.
The horse — a seven-year-old gray gelding named Fabuleu de Maucour — previously wore that flag-bearer of the French Republican Guard during the May 8th anniversary parade in Paris to mark the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Emmanuel Macron led world leaders today in honoring the Queen, congratulating her on record-breaking 70 years on the throne
It was delivered to Windsor Castle on Wednesday with a ceremonial saddle and cavalry saber.
Marcon, addressing the Queen today, spoke mainly in English, but partly in French, which Her Majesty is fluent in.
“Times have changed, Europe has evolved, our continent is experiencing war again,” he said.
“Throughout these transformations, your commitment to our alliance and to our friendship has remained.”
He recalled “the dark days when your family welcomed General De Gaulle into your home” during World War II, when the leader of the Free French and later founding president of the Fifth Republic of France fled to London from the Nazis.
Since then, in “a life of devotion,” Macron said the Queen had “shared our joys and seen the deep affection and admiration that the French people have for you.”
Switching to French, he added: “Your celebration today celebrates the sincere and deep friendship that unites our two countries.”
Macron’s tribute prompted world leaders to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth today.
As a sign of one of the most significant aspects of her reign, there were tributes from Ireland’s Sinn Fein – once the political wing of the Provisional IRA.
The Provisional IRA was responsible for the August 1979 bombing that killed the Queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten, along with two of his family and a friend.
Michelle O’Neill, the party’s vice president, wrote to the Queen to praise her “significant” contribution to the peace process in Ireland and recognize her “dedicated public service to the British people”.
Ms O’Neill thanked the Queen for her “warmth and unwavering courtesy” on the occasions when the couple met and wrote of the “value and respect” she had for the monarch’s contribution to reconciliation
France also gifted the Queen a horse – a seven-year-old gelding named Fabuleu de Maucour – as a nod to her love of all things horse.
The horse, which carried the flag bearer of the French Republican Guard during this year’s Victory Day parade in Paris, arrived at Windsor Castle yesterday
Newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is also expected to name an island after her later in the day – despite being a Republican.
Aspen Island, located in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, will instead be renamed Queen Elizabeth II Island.
Albanian, who has previously expressed his respect for the queen, said it will be “an honour” to participate in the ceremony.
“I am privileged to light a beacon as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and to kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Australia,” he said.
‘Australia will honor and pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s remarkable dedication and service during the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
“I look forward to officially renaming Aspen Island to Queen Elizabeth II Island later this week as a token of Australia’s appreciation and respect for Her Majesty.”
The ceremony to open the island includes a 21-gun salute and a flypast from the Royal Australian Air Force.
Over the next four days, the UK and Commonwealth will celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum anniversary – 70 years since she was crowned, and a milestone no monarch of these islands has passed before.
Elizabeth, then 25, became queen on February 6, 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI.
Her formal coronation took place on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey.
Now 96 years old, she is the country’s longest reigning monarch and the first to sit on the throne for seven decades.
Anthony Albanese, the new Australian Prime Minister who is also a Republican, will rename an island in Canberra after Queen Elizabeth later today
Aspen Island, located in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra (pictured), is renamed Queen Elizabeth II Island