London has put on their characteristic white, blue and red colors due to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II who will celebrate her 60 years of accession to the throne.
The celebration has taken over store fronts, streets, transportation, among others, but perhaps the most striking is the giant portrait (7,000 m2) in black and white of the royal family that adorns the facade of a building.
On Monday there will be a concert in front of Buckingham Palace, with a stellar lineup led by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Kylie Minogue, and Tuesday, a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul, a ride on a tumbril and, as finale, the appearance of the sovereign before her people on the balcony of her official residence in London.
In these 60 years, the queen, who has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, has become for the British in a symbol of continuity in a changing world and has created a new role of “grandmother of the people”. (MZ)