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Platinum Jubilee: Prince Charles pays tribute to Queen for 70 years of reign

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The Prince of Wales said his late father Prince Philip was ‘in spirit’ (Picture: PA)

Prince Charles paid heartfelt tribute to the Queen at tonight’s Platinum Party at the Palace, as the nation celebrates her 70-year reign.

He thanked his ‘mummy’ for being here for the country during his decades on the throne, in good times and bad.

As a crowd of 20,000 gathered around Buckingham Palace, Charles described how the Queen has laughed and cried alongside the country over the years.

He lauded her ‘a lifetime of selfless service’ as she took to the main stage at the Platinum Jubilee concert.

In a poignant moment, Charles spoke of his ‘much missed’ late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, calling him ‘my papa’ and saying the Queen’s late husband Philip was ‘in spirit’.

The Prince of Wales began his heartfelt speech with ‘Your Majesty, Mummy’, just as he did at the Diamond and Golden Jubilee concerts in her honor.

He said: ‘You have been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a platinum party at Buckingham Palace as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations on June 4, 2022.  About 22,000 people and millions more are expected to attend the star-studded concert for Queen Elizabeth II's historic platinum jubilee.  (Photo by Chris Jackson / Pool / AFP) (Photo by Chris Jackson / Pool / AFP via Getty Images)

Charles and Camilla proudly celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of reign on Tonight’s show (Picture: AFP / Getty Images)

‘You’ve met and talked to us. You laugh and cry with us and most importantly you are with us for these 70 years.

‘You resolved to serve your whole life – you keep giving. That is why we are here. That’s what we celebrate tonight.’

He reflected on the Queen’s ever-growing family, which now spans 12 great-grandchildren, and on her dual role as sovereign and royal matriarch.

‘Your family now spans four generations. You are our head of state. And you are our mother too,’ he said.

Reflecting on the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh last April, Charles said: ‘Your ‘strength and staying’ will be sorely missed this evening but I am sure he is here in spirit…

‘My father must have enjoyed the show and will wholeheartedly join us in celebrating what you are doing for your country and your people.’

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee is well and truly upon us.

The ceremony, which takes place from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, marks Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts and other special events involving the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

For all the latest updates visit Metro.co.uk’s Platinum Jubilee page.

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