Queen Elizabeth had a bumpy arrival in London ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebration this weekend.
The royal’s 13-seater jet flew into a lightning storm as it was returning to the capital from Aberdeen on Tuesday evening, forcing the pilot to delay their landing at RAF Northolt in northwest London. Due to the lightning, hail, and heavy rain, the pilot had to abort the landing just seconds before touchdown, per The Sun. But the pilot’s second attempt was successful once the bad weather finally dissipated. The monarch, with her corgi at her side, was then taken in a black car to Windsor Castle where she’ll prepare for the long weekend of activities ahead celebrating her 70 years on the throne. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said of the event, “The Queen’s flight was delayed due to a lightning storm, all the correct procedures were followed and there were no safety concerns.”
Queen Elizabeth was returning to Windsor Castle from her Balmoral estate in Scotland where she was taking a “short break” ahead of all the festivities. The royal traditionally visits her home there at this time of year and will stay until the June public holiday weekend in the UK which, this year, marks her Platinum Jubilee. According to a royal source that spoke to People, the monarch also used that time away at Balmoral to rest and pace herself ahead of all these celebrations in her honor as there are a handful of key events she wants to make sure she feels up to attending. “She will have gotten her energy back,” the insider confirmed. “She will feel energized.” The queen also has a reunion with her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle to look forward to as they are expected to attend the service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.
The Platinum Jubilee is also gearing up to be a star-studded affair with a big concert scheduled for Saturday night featuring performances by huge musicians such as Queen, Diana Ross, Ed Sheeran, Duran Duran, and Alicia Keys. There will also be special appearances by British stars such as Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, and a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John. And in honor of the queen’s love of show tunes, special appearances from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda have also been planned. But the celebrations all kick off on Thursday with Trooping the Colour followed by flypast of Royal Air Force jets which Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family will take in from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
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