Queen Elizabeth II honored (includes video story)

The United Kingdom is honoring Queen Elizabeth II for her 70 years on the throne. Today marks day two of celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen took power at age 25, and now at 96 years old has become the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service.

The four-day bank holiday consists of many traditional festivities such as the historic Trooping The Colour military ceremony and the iconic balcony appearance at the Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force flyover. 

The balcony appearance did not include the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who stepped down as working members of the royal family in 2020 and relocated to the United States. 

In the last seven decades, there have been many changes to the Monarchy, from the modernization of the Commonwealth to the death of Princess Diana, to the passing last year of her husband of over 70 years, Prince Phillip.  

With two more days of celebrations still ahead, there will be many public events and community activities for the people of the United Kingdom.

Michelle Morris is a senior at Florida International University, pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Digital Media with a concentration in Television Production. Michelle Morris is Haitian American and has a passion for storytelling and video production that make diverse stories come to life. After graduation, Michelle aspires to be a television presenter as well as pursue other areas of television such as screenwriting.