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WATCH – Queen Elizabeth’s glorious Platinum Jubilee events so far

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Queen Elizabeth beamed with joy as she stood on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony to kick off a weekend dedicated to her remarkable 70 years on the throne

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has officially lit the Platinum Jubilee Beacon to mark a truly remarkable 70 years on the throne.

The lighting of the beacon

The beacon lighting follows a day of pomp and ceremony, with the Queen putting on a brave face after suffering from mobility issues.

Queen Elizabeth has confirmed she will not be attending the upcoming Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral, pulling out last minute after suffering discomfort.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace says the decision was made ‘with great reluctance’ after considering both the journey to the cathedral and the activity required.

The Palace says the onset of discomfort followed Thursday’s Birthday Parade event, with Prince Charles representing his mother at the ceremony instead.

But the monarch had vowed to light the beacon, and that is exactly what she did.

Taking great care as she walked out onto the grass of Windsor Castle, she is seen using a cane for support.

This particular event is an important tradition for special royal occasions, including jubilees, weddings, and coronations.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has previously had a beacon lighting for her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees, and her 90th birthday in 2016.

Trooping of the Colour

The four days of celebrations began with Trooping of the Colour, with Her Majesty smiling at thousands of her adoring supporters and fans.

The Queen could hardly wipe the smile from her face, receiving rapturous applause from the crowd below.

The 96-year-old was joined on the balcony with her fellow senior royals including Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children.

It was the Prince Louis show, with the young royal unimpressed by the noisy air display.

Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge,right, holds his ears as he stands next to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. –

Meanwhile, Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle, and embattled royal Prince Andrew were noticeably missing from the occasion.

Elizabeth had previously made a decision to reserve the balcony for working royals only.

1,200 officers and soldiers, mounted troops from the 1st Battalion and Irish Guards were accompanied by 400 musicians and 240 horses for the spectacle.

The parade makes its way up The Mall from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday.

And as the sun shone across London and the sky turned red, white, and blue – there was just one person on everyone’s mind, with revelers from Commonwealth countries right around the globe paying tribute to their remarkable Queen.

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Ivan carves path of utter destruction

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After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian is headed for Carolinas, Georgia

A grim picture of Hurricane Ian’s horrific wreckage emerged Thursday, as millions of people in Florida faced destroyed homes, completely flooded streets and power outages.

The storm’s power turned out to be worse than many had predicted.

Unfortunately, families who did not evacuate have been left stranded as rising water tore through their homes.

So far, hundreds have been rescued from floodwaters, and emergency crews are still struggling to reach some of the most devastated areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 12-18 feet hit as destructive waves struck the coast.

Officials say the hurricane knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers, mainly in southwest and central Florida.

Meanwhile, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) says that the next 72 hours will certainly be the most critical when it comes to rescue missions.

President Biden said there were ‘early reports of what may be substantial loss of life’ saying, that the numbers are still unclear but there are early reports of fatalities.

The President added, “water rescue is critical—Coast Guard deployed 16 rescue helicopter, six fixed wing aircraft and 18-rescue boats and crews. That’s just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams that were pre-staged in Florida.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis detailed the state’s “monumental effort” to help aid recovery and eventually rebuild.

“Those were really difficult images to see but we’re committed to restoring the infrastructure as needed. That is not going to be an overnight task. That is going to require a lot of love and care—it’s going to require a lot of resources, but we’re going to do it because we understand how important it is.”

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia

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Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Finland will close its border with Russia as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed theirs.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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