Queen Elizabeth II has started receiving wishes from world leaders for her record-breaking 70 years on the throne as Jubilee celebrations began.
On Thursday, the Platinum Jubilee ceremony began with Trooping the Colour, as crowds gathered to see the Queen appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside other close members of the Royal Family.
“For 70 years, you’ve inspired people with your selfless devotion and service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” Biden said in a video message shared on Twitter.
“And throughout your reign, the relationship between the United Kingdom and United States has grown stronger and closer than ever.”
“From the dark days when your family welcomed General de Gaulle in your home, to his joy to welcome you in his, you have been a constant presence and a source of wisdom for the leaders of our two countries,” he said.
Pope Francis also paid tribute to the Queen.
“I send cordial greetings and good wishes, together with the renewed assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will bestow on you, the members of the Royal family and all the people of the nation blessings of unity, prosperity and peace,” he said.
Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan sent a message of congratulations to the Queen with a statement on the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles website.
Your remarkable seventy years of service is an unprecedented and extraordinary milestone in the history of the British monarchy. Throughout your reign, you have been a remarkable global personality whose legacy transcends national borders.”
He further added: “You have been and continue to be a symbol of stability, grace and hope for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I wish to celebrate Your Majesty’s continuing reign, in being loved and respected by the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the entire world.”
The Queen’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey in London.