Queen Elizabeth II turns 70 on the throne on Sunday

Isabel II, the most famous monarch in the world, reaches this Sunday the historical milestone of 70 years of reign, at a time when her public appearances become less frequent, since her health began to deteriorate in October.

The only reigning monarch in the world with such longevity, the British queen has not planned anything special for the occasion.

Traditionally, February 6 is a day of recollection for her at her Sandringham estate, as it is both the date of her accession to the throne in 1952 at just 25 years of age and the date of the death of her father, King George VI, to whom she was very close, due to lung cancer at the age of 56.

There is no indication that this year will be any different. No public event has been announced at this time.

The 95-year-old sovereign, who remains very popular, quietly moved to Sandringham, three hours north of London, on January 23. She usually spends two months there around Christmas and New Years, but this year she postponed her departure from Windsor Castle due to the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

To celebrate the "platinum jubilee"that is to say the 70 years of reign, the royal house announced in January four days of great celebrations throughout the country for the beginning of June.

the traditional "Trooping the Color" o Banner Parade, which usually commemorates his birthday every year, will open the long weekend -from June 2 to 5- with 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians.

On June 4 a great concert is planned at Buckingham Palace and on June 5 about 200,000 Jubilee lunches, one of which in Windsor hopes to break the world record for the largest picnic, with some 1,600 participants.

A dessert contest and a historical reconstruction of his 70-year reign have also been announced, which will mix the British tradition with street artists.

But for now the queen enjoys the peace and quiet of Sandringham where, according to the British press, she settled in Wood Farm, a five-bedroom country house, which was the favorite of her late husband, Prince Philip, instead of of the sumptuous mansion of the estate.

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In that house, from which you can see the North Sea, Prince Felipe retired in 2017, who died last April, before the pandemic forced him to return to Windsor.

He liked to spend his days there reading, painting and walking. And also Elizabeth II enjoyed in this place, when she could, a life free from the usual royal pomp.

Sandringham, a special place

Sandringham has always been a special place for her: as well as Philip’s retirement residence, it was there that her father, her grandfather George V and George V’s mother, Queen Alexandra, died.

Since her health deteriorated in October, when her doctors advised her to curtail her activities, the queen’s public appearances have been rare.

The last one goes back to the recorded Christmas message that he devoted in large part to his "dear Philip"acknowledging how much he missed her gaze "naughty" and his laugh. They were married 73 years.

Before Elizabeth II, only two monarchs in history reached 70 years on the throne: Louis XIV, King of France, who reigned for 72 years and 110 days from 1643 to 1715, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (70 years and 126 days from 1946 to 2016).

The last few weeks have not been easy for the queen. In mid-January she withdrew from her son Andres, often described as her favorite, all her military titles and patronages, closing the door on any return to public life.

After a judge refused to file the case, Andrés is exposed to a possible trial in the fall in New York for sexual assault 20 years ago on a minor allegedly provided by the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

A shadow over the jubilee celebrations, which the queen would have preferred to avoid.

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