Queen Elizabeth II skipped the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Sunday – but was there in spirit as she appeared in hologram form.
A digital representation of the 96-year-old monarch’s youthful personality was projected onto the windows of the Gold State Coach, which took her to her coronation in 1953.
The golden eight-horse carriage was featured in the parade for the first time in 20 years, with an image of the Queen waving to the crowds as she rode through the streets of London.
More than 5,000 people took part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which concluded the weekend of festivities celebrating Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The jubilee kicked off on Thursday with the Queen celebrating her official birthday alongside her family members on the palace balcony as they watched the Trooping the Color parade.
The Queen appeared to be in high spirits as she smiled next to her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, who was joined by his wife Kate Middleton and their three children Prince George. 8-year-old Princess Charlotte, 7, and the stunning prince. Luis, 4.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, were notably absent from the balcony, who were forced to take a back seat after leaving royal duties and moving to Montecito, California , in 2020.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were, however, spotted enjoying the parade with non-senior members of the Royal Family from the Major General’s office inside the palace.
Prince Andrew, whose royal duties were revoked in 2019 due to his links to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was also absent from the gathering. The Duke of York is also said to have tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
As the Queen was pictured smiling and waving to her subjects, Buckingham Palace announced she would be skipping Friday’s events after feeling “discomfort”.
As a result, Britain’s longest-serving sovereign did not attend the Thanksgiving National Service church service where Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, were booed. The couple also sat away from William, 39, and Middleton, 40, suggesting tension between the royal brothers remains.
Palace officials then announced on Friday that the Queen would miss Saturday’s Epsom Derby, the annual horse race in Surrey, England, amid her health issues.
Instead, she watched the event on television at Windsor Castle.
In October 2021, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Queen was in “very good shape” despite being seen using a cane for the first time in 17 years at an event at the ‘Westminster Abbey. An insider told Page Six at the time that Her Majesty used the cane “for her comfort.”
But the Queen has continued to raise health concerns in recent months after skipping several royal engagements.
She was hospitalized overnight on October 20 and later canceled a trip to Ireland after being asked to rest for medical reasons.
The Queen returned to royal duties in person in November, but again worried fans when she tested positive for COVID-19 in February.
She returned to work in March, but forfeited a court appearance in May over “mobility” issues.
The British government has long had a 10-day plan in place for the Queen’s passing.
Charles, 73, is the heir apparent to the British throne. The Queen said in February that the Prince of Wales’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, would take the title “Queen Consort” after his death.
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