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Russia’s Putin Critics Detail Efforts to Resist War in Ukraine

Hidden from much of the world behind a veil of Kremlin censorship, critics of President Vladimir Putin are waging a vigorous campaign of resistance to the war in Ukraine, according to a prominent opposition spokesman.

“The war in Ukraine is being fought on three different fronts,” said Leonid Volkov, a top aide to jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was in Washington last week to pick up the International Republican Institute’s 2022 Freedom Award on Navalny’s behalf.

Identifying those three fronts as military, informational and economic, he acknowledged that Russian civil society can’t do much to help Ukraine on the military front.

But, he said, Navalny’s supporters are actively fighting to resist Putin on the information front “where we fight to change the attitude of the Russian society,” and they are contributing to the West’s economic sanctions by identifying Putin supporters and their assets.

Volkov told the IRI audience that Navalny and his team have put together a list of what he described as “6,000 of Putin’s warmongers and war enablers – his oligarchs, corrupt government officials, his friends and family.”

“We suggest sanctioning all of them, make Putin toxic, isolated,” Volkov said. “I’m glad to say that during my meetings here, this idea has found a lot of support.”

On the information front, Volkov said, Navalny is leading an effort to counter a Russian propaganda campaign that depicts the war as a “special military operation” and outlaws truthful reporting, even while serving a dubious jail term that was extended by nine years in March.

Navalny “maintains contact with the outside world through his attorneys” and by maintaining an active presence on social media platforms, Volkov said. As a result, the Anti-Corruption Foundation that he established in 2011 has been able to survive enormous repression and is now stronger than it ever was.

“Just to give you an example, in April this year, we had over 20 million unique viewers of our program on YouTube where we investigate Putin’s corruption, countering Putin’s propaganda and disinformation and tell our Russian compatriots truth about Putin’s atrocious war against Ukraine,” Volkov said. “Twenty million, this is twice the number of followers we had on social media before the war started.”

Russian-language TV shows produced by Navalny’s foundation have also had tens — and in some instances hundreds — of millions of views, according to Volkov. He said the foundation is now conducting a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of expanding its reach.

Navalny has also been able to make his case against the war in an article penned for Time magazine and published late last month. In it, he portrayed the war against Ukraine as an extension of oppression within Russia itself.

“If someone destroys the independent media, organizes political assassinations, and sticks to his imperial delusions, then he is a madman capable of causing a bloodbath in the center of Europe in the 21st century,” Navalny wrote.

“A path that begins with ‘just a little election rigging’ always ends with a dictatorship. And dictatorship always leads to war. It’s a lesson we shouldn’t have forgotten.”

In the same essay, Navalny castigated world leaders, who he said, “have hypocritically talked for years about a ‘pragmatic approach’ and the benefits of international trade” with Russia. In so doing, he wrote, “they enabled themselves to benefit from Russian oil and gas while Putin’s grip on power grew stronger.”

The economic gains of those policies have been dwarfed by the costs of defending Ukraine against Russia’s aggression, Navalny continued. “Between sanctions and military and economic aid, this war will cost hundreds of times more than those lucrative oil and gas contracts, the signing of which used to be celebrated with champagne.”

Navalny’s stand has won him praise in the West, where he was honored this week by the European People’s Party, the largest voting bloc within the 27-member European Union.

“His fight for freedom of speech and freedom in Russia is [also] our fight,” the party declared at its annual conference in Rotterdam, where banners declared “We Stand with Freedom” and “We Stand with Ukraine.”

At the IRI event in Washington, Congressman Mike McCaul, the most senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, compared Navalny to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose staunch resistance to Russia has won him worldwide admiration.

By the same token, “the belligerent actions of Putin’s kleptocratic regime are a threat to freedom and democracy everywhere,” including Russia itself, IRI President Dan Twining told VOA.

To “live and let live” is how he sees the future state of Russia both on Russian soil and in its relations with Ukraine and other neighbors, Navalny said, while delivering his “final words” after a Russian court rejected his appeal of a nine-year sentence last week.

Navalny, a 45-year-old father of a 21-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son, looked to his own future while addressing a Russian court that rejected his appeal of his latest nine-year sentence last week.

“Certainly, I don’t want to sit in this cage instead of doing some useful things and watching my children grow up. But man is not given life to be afraid of the crazy old man in a bunker and this system he has built.”

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У Росії заблокували сайти вірменської служби Радіо Свобода і фінської телерадіокомпанії Yle

Від початку масштабної війни Росії в Україні «Роскомнагляд» заблокував сайти десятків ЗМІ, а також Twitter, Facebook й Instagram

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Зеленський: 50 посольств поновили роботу в Києві

«Кожне нове посольство, яке повертається в нашу столицю, є свідченням віри в нашу перемогу»

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Biden to Implore Congress to Approve New ‘Common-Sense’ Gun Restrictions  

U.S. President Joe Biden, in a White House address Thursday night, will implore Congress to approve “common-sense laws” to attempt to curb the recent spate of mass shooting deaths that have shocked many Americans.

The White House said Biden would call for the new restrictions “to combat the epidemic of gun violence that is taking lives every day.”

It was not clear whether Biden would advocate for specific restrictions he favors, such as universal background checks for gun buyers or a ban on the sale of the rapid-fire, high-powered weapons that have been used in recent mass shootings.

 

Neither element is likely to win approval in the politically divided Congress, where lawmakers for years have been at odds over gun legislation.

But some lawmakers are attempting to craft more limited restrictions in the aftermath of the three mass shootings within the past month: 10 Black people gunned down in a racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store; 21 students and teachers shot to death in their classroom at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school; and four more killed at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, medical facility.

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday debated a bill it said was an emergency response to the mass shootings. It would raise the purchase age for an assault weapon from 18 to 21 and attempt to curb the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines and “ghost guns” without identification numbers. The measure could pass the Democratic-controlled House as early as next week but is not expected to advance in the Senate, which is divided equally, with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.

Mass shootings every week

In the United States this year, there have been 232 mass shootings, defined as incidents in which four or more people, not including the shooter, have been injured or killed. Not a single week has passed without at least four mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group.

Some lawmakers have called for a significant boost in school security measures. Others want rules allowing law enforcement authorities to confiscate guns for a year or so after people threaten to harm others or exhibit mental instability — so-called “red flag” laws.

Congress has long been divided on the passage of new laws to control the sale of guns. Biden and Democrats mostly support a ban on the sale of assault weapons, such as the 10-year U.S. prohibition that ended in 2004, and they have called for more background checks of gun buyers before sales are completed.

Republicans, on the other hand, have condemned mass shooting violence but have regularly blocked gun control legislation. For the most part, Republicans say the proposed restrictions that Democrats favor would impinge on the freedom of law-abiding citizens and are at odds with the right of Americans to own guns that is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Hours after the Texas elementary school rampage, Biden spoke to the nation about gun violence.

“As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said. “When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

Vice President Kamala Harris last weekend told reporters that Congress should pass a ban on assault weapons.

“We know what works on this,” she said. “It includes, ‘Let’s have an assault weapons ban.’ You know what an assault weapon is? You know how an assault weapon was designed? It was designed for a specific purpose: to kill a lot of human beings quickly. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in a civil society.”

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Парламент Молдови ухвалив закон, який забороняє ретрансляцію інформаційних і політичних програм із Росії

Забороняється ретрансляція передач, що містять дезінформацію, пропаганду військової агресії, екстремістського чи терористичного змісту

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US Teachers Debate Guns in the Classroom

“My first thought was that this is not at all what I signed up for,” Jenna Whitesell Carson told VOA. “I became a school librarian to educate young minds, not to carry a gun.”

Carson has worked at a public high school in rural South Carolina for four years. She said she was appalled by the idea of arming teachers to prevent future school shootings.

“My second thought was that they definitely don’t pay us enough for this. Teachers have so much on our plates already. Now Republicans want to take away our right to not carry a gun?”

In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 students and two teachers dead, Americans across the political spectrum are once again clamoring for solutions to the country’s ongoing gun violence epidemic.

The proposed solutions, however, depend on the side of the political divide they come from. While Democratic lawmakers and their allies are calling for legislation that would restrict access to certain firearms and better scrutinize gun purchasers, some Republicans and gun rights advocates suggest putting guns in the hands of teachers and other school staff who volunteer for that responsibility.

The rationale for arming teachers has been summed up by Wayne LaPierre, CEO of America’s best-known gun rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association. LaPierre has long insisted that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Many teachers reject that idea.

“Children, teachers and education belong in schools — not guns,” said A.J. Allegra, who has taught in New Orleans, Louisiana, K-12 schools for 15 years. “Imagine your oldest teacher when you were in school firing a gun several times within feet of 25 kids. The image is as preposterous as the idea,” he said.

Some teachers see it differently, however. Jason Winder has been teaching high school history for five years in Uintah County, Utah. He carries a concealed firearm at school, which is legal in the state.

“It’s not about being a hero, and it’s not about seeking out an active shooter,” Winder said. “It’s about giving me the best tools to keep my students and myself safe. I can’t speak for everyone, but a firearm in my hand will be a lot more effective at stopping someone trying to harm my kids than us hiding in a corner.”

Nationwide problem

According to federal data, since 1970, every state in the U.S. has had at least one incident of school gun violence. Most have had dozens, with California and Texas each suffering well over 100 incidents.

The tragedy in Uvalde was one of more than two dozen school shootings in America so far this year.

Silver Spring, Maryland, middle school music teacher Jonah Rabinowitz-Buchanan noted that many schools already had armed personnel tasked with protecting students and staff, yet the slaughter continued.

He mentioned the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school in 2018 that left 17 people dead. “They had a resource officer who had a gun, and he fled the scene,” he said.

Robb Elementary School in Uvalde also had a resource officer.

“The Uvalde officer wasn’t even in the building. What good are they?” Rabinowitz-Buchanan said. “How does that equate to schools needing more guns?”

Sergeant Keith Mott, a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, agrees that operating a firearm should not be a priority for teachers. Rather, he thinks the focus should be on the failures of resource officers.

“The resource officer is the first line of defense,” Mott said. “Teachers, on the other hand, have enough to do just trying to educate our children. That’s their goal, and there’s no reason they should be armed in the pursuit of that goal.”

But some educators want an extra line of defense. Angelica Garcia works at schools in Saginaw County, Michigan. Teachers aren’t allowed to carry guns, but she wishes she could.

“Last week showed us again that teachers can’t rely on others to save us and our students in a threatening situation,” she said. “No one came to the aid of those students or teachers.”

At the very least, Garcia says, schools should have more nonteaching personnel armed and ready to intervene during an emergency. But, she adds, teachers who volunteer to be trained and to carry a gun would ideally be present in every wing of the school.

“You need them nearby to prevent the loss of life,” she said. “I care about my students like they are my own children. If need be, I want to protect them, not just to sit there with a stapler in my hand like a sitting duck.”

Solutions

Ryan Petty’s daughter, Alaina, was one of 14 students killed in the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Since then, he’s become an activist, attempting to make schools safer by supporting legislation allowing teachers to voluntarily carry a gun in school if they are trained and certified to use it. In 2020, conservative Governor Ron DeSantis appointed him to the Florida Board of Education.

“I’ve heard many law enforcement officers say two guns are better than one, and three are better than two,” he said.

In school shootings, seconds count, Petty said. The average attack takes just over five minutes, he said, but it takes law enforcement an average of five to seven minutes to respond.

“In a 2019 report by the U.S. Secret Service, only 1 out of 42 school attacks were stopped by responding off-campus law enforcement,” he said. “Having an armed resource officer and other armed staff members gives schools the best chance to save lives.”

Most teachers aren’t convinced. A 2018 Gallup poll found that 73% of American teachers did not want to carry guns in school.

New Orleans teacher Allegra sees guns as the root of the problem. The Giffords Law Center listed nearly 100 publicly reported instances of guns being mishandled at schools in the past five years.

“We already have more guns than any other nation on the planet,” Allegra said, “and have more gun deaths than any other nation on the planet. Isn’t the connection between those statistics a little obvious? The solution is to reduce the number of guns circulating in our country, to reduce the ability for Americans to purchase high-powered automatic weapons, and to increase criminal charges against those found with illegal weapons in their possession.”

Other teachers say the focus should be on diagnosing mental illness and/or keeping school buildings secure.

Thomas Cotter teaches middle school band in South Carolina and a member of his school district’s safety and procedures team. He believes the U.S. is too hesitant to diagnose and treat mental illness.

“We need to pay better attention to that,” he told VOA, “and pass red flag laws that deal with threatening language on social media. Violations should result in weapon confiscation. You don’t have a right to a gun when you’re making illegal threats.”

Cotter also advocates for a single public entrance at all schools. He said a resource officer should monitor that entrance to maintain security.

“I think of this all from the perspective of being a father of two. How do I want my children’s teachers to act?” Cotter asked. “I’d rather them worry about locking a door than chambering a round. A locked school, not an armed one, is one that is safe and can make kids feel safe. That’s important.”

Garcia, the ESL teacher, doesn’t completely agree. She believes having responsible teachers and staff carrying guns will make schools safer.

“And it’s not like children should see the gun or know teachers are carrying one,” she noted.

But despite their many differences in opinion, most teachers share an end goal.

“The goal is to make sure our children feel safe, but also to ensure they are safe,” Garcia said. “At the end of the day, we all just want to go home to our families, for our families to come home to us, and for us all to live to see another day.”

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In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Kicks Off with Pomp

Four days of celebrations honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne get underway with a display of British military traditions stretching from the days of horse and cannon to the jet age, The Associated Press reports.

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Harvey Weinstein’s Rape Conviction Upheld by Appeals Court

A New York appellate court has upheld Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction, rejecting the disgraced movie mogul’s claims that the judge at the landmark #MeToo trial prejudiced him by allowing women to testify about allegations that weren’t part of the criminal case. 

The ruling Thursday by a five-judge panel in the state’s intermediate appeals court affirmed the milestone verdict in America’s reckoning with sexual misconduct by powerful figures — an era that began with a flood of allegations against Weinstein. 

Weinstein, 70, is jailed in California, where he was extradited last year and is awaiting trial on charges he assaulted five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. 

Weinstein was convicted in New York in February 2020 of a criminal sex act for forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant in 2006 and rape in the third degree for an attack on an aspiring actress in 2013. 

He was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault stemming from actor Annabella Sciorra’s allegations of a mid-1990s rape. 

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they speak publicly about their allegations, as Sciorra has done. 

 

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Повернутися і знайти свій дім у руїнах: фотоісторія трагічного моменту в житті однієї родини з Київщини

За даними ООН, 7,7 млн. українців, або 17,5% всього населення, є внутрішньо переміщеними особами. Тобто вони не виїхали за кордон з початком широкомасштабної війни, а переїхали до інших регіонів з надією повернутися додому. Для однієї сім’ї повернення додому не було радісним.

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Дальність пострілів HIMARS залежить від українських військових – посол США

За словами Брінк, Сполучені Штати готові підтримувати Україну в протистоянні російській агресії стільки, скільки це буде потрібно

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Нова посол США в Україні розповіла про п’ять основних завдань на посаді

«У всіх цих п’ятьох напрямках наша непохитна мета – Україна має визначати своє майбутнє»

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Greece Urges Global Action to Free Iran-Held Tankers

The Greek government and shipping industry on Thursday called for a global mobilization to free the crews of two oil tankers held by Iran in an ongoing dispute with Athens.

“We call on all nations to act in order to end this unacceptable incident, and to ensure it does not happen again,” Merchant Marine Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis told reporters.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Friday seized the two Greek-flagged tankers in the Gulf, days after Athens said it would deliver to Washington Iranian oil it had seized from a Russian tanker in April.

Plakiotakis said last week’s incident posed a “threat” to shipping safety and trade and has “cast a shadow” over Greece’s top shipping fair Posidonia, which opens Monday with over 1,900 companies from nearly 90 nations participating.

Speaking at the Posidonia inaugural press conference on Thursday, Union of Greek Shipowners president Melina Travlos said some of the sailors held by Iran were youths on their first shipping assignment.

“The global shipping community must mobilize, nations, everyone. This situation needs to end,” she said.

Greece’s coastguard on Thursday said both ships are moored at the Iranian port of Bandar.

The coastguard has identified nine Greeks and a Cypriot on board, but has given no information about other crew nationalities.

Iran has said the crews of two tankers were in “good health” and not under arrest.

The Revolutionary Guards — the ideological arm of Iran’s military — had said it seized the tankers “due to violations”, without elaborating further.

Greece has condemned Tehran’s detention of the two ships as “tantamount to acts of piracy” and warned its citizens not to travel to Iran.

The German and French foreign ministries, in separate statements, condemned the seizure as a violation of international law, and called on Iran to immediately release the ships and their crews.

The United States has also strongly condemned Iran’s seizure of the two tankers, and demanded their immediate release.

Iran has called the statements “one-sided” and “inappropriate interference.”

Tehran noted that France and Germany “are protesting against the legal measures taken in Iran” while “remaining silent” on Greece’s own seizure of the tanker, which it said was Iranian.

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Меркель вперше публічно засудила військове вторгнення Росії та підтримала Україну

Колишній канцлер Німеччини Ангела Меркель у першому публічному виступі за пів року засудила російське військове вторгнення та підтримала право України на оборону, передає видання Zeit Online.

«Я солідарна з Україною, атакованою Росією, та підтримую її право на самооборону», – заявила Меркель і додала, що підтримує всі заходи, які вживає Німеччина та інші країни ЄС, а також США, НАТО, G7 та ООН.

Меркель заявила про «варварську війну», якій треба якнайшвидше покласти край, і зазначила, що війна в Україні «стала занадто кричущим порушенням міжнародного права в історії Європи після закінчення Другої світової війни».

Меркель нагадала про жертви серед мирного населення: «Приклад цього жаху – Буча».

Політику щодо Росії, яку Меркель проводила на посаді канцлера, вона не коментувала.

Наприкінці 2021 року Ангела Меркель пішла з посади канцлера Німеччини, яку займала 16 років.

У квітні президент України Володимир Зеленський запросив ексканцлера Німеччини Ангелу Меркель та колишнього президента Франції Ніколя Саркозі у Бучу. Українське МЗС заявило, що ухвалене у 2008 році рішення Німеччини та Франції про відмову Україні у вступі до НАТО було «стратегічною помилкою». Речник Меркель сказав, що вона так не вважає.

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Рух ушкодженою через ракетний обстріл ділянкою залізниці на Львівщині частково відновлено – УЗ

Раніше «Укрзалізниця» повідомляла про затримку низки поїздів у результаті вчорашнього обстрілу інфраструктури в Стрийському районі Львівської області

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РФ має відвести сили в морській акваторії та надати безпекові гарантії про ненапад на порти і комерційні конвої – МЗС

Дії Росії можуть призвести до світової продовольчої кризи, а в деяких регіонах – навіть до голоду, наголошують в МЗС України

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«Це не просто цифри, це окремий світ, який був знищений армією РФ» – Зеленський про 243 загиблих дітей

За цими цифрами стоять «зруйновані родини, маленькі особистості, які навіть не встигли побачити, що таке життя»

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«Важливий сигнал» Путіну. У Данії підтримали приєднання до спільної політики оборони ЄС

Президент Європейської комісії Урсула фон дер Ляєн і президент Європейської ради Шарль Мішель привітали «історичний вибір Данії».

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Latest Developments in Ukraine: June 2

For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine.

The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT.

12:04 a.m.: Russian forces continue their siege of Sievierodonetsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine, The New York Times reported. “A local official said on Wednesday that Russian forces controlled about 70 percent of the city, where only about 12,000 residents remain out of a prewar population of 100,000 after weeks of intense shelling.” the Times report said. “Ukrainian soldiers there are at risk of being surrounded. With bridges over the Seversky Donets River destroyed or under fire, resupply has become tenuous. Ukrainian officials have been candid about the army’s travails while arguing more rapid deliveries of Western weaponry will resolve them. Every day in the current heavy fighting, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with Newsmax this week, 60 to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed and another about 500 soldiers are wounded in combat.”  

12:01 a.m.: When she helped launch The Kyiv Independent in November, chief editor Olga Rudenko had no idea that six months later she would be on the cover of Time magazine. But her team’s reporting on Russia’s war in Ukraine propelled their English-language site into the spotlight, with Time describing The Kyiv Independent as the “world’s primary source for reliable English-language journalism on that war.” 

 

Rudenko says she feels she has a great responsibility to her audience, “to be the world’s window into Ukraine.” In this interview with VOA, she shares her commitment to fact-based reporting and how that has been essential in a war where disinformation is high, and journalists find themselves reporting on atrocities happening so close to home. 

 

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Угорщина вимагає виключити з пакету санкцій проти РФ патріарха Кирила

Глава РПЦ Кирил активно висловлюється на підтримку політики президента Росії Володимира Путіна, в тому числі, у питанні війни в Україні

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Queen Elizabeth II to Salute Jubilee From Palace Balcony

Queen Elizabeth II will make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday, kicking off four days of public events to mark her historic Platinum Jubilee.

The extent of the 96-year-old monarch’s involvement in the celebrations for her record-breaking 70 years on the throne has been a source of speculation for months.

She has cut back drastically on her public appearances since last year because of difficulties standing and walking — and a bout of COVID-19.

But royal officials confirmed that she would take the salute of mounted troops from the balcony after a military parade called Trooping the Colour.

The centuries-old ceremony to officially mark the sovereign’s birthday has previously seen the queen take the salute on horseback herself.

Her 73-year-old son and heir, Prince Charles, will step in this year, supported by his sister, Princess Anne, 71, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39.

Joining senior royals watching the display of military precision will be Charles’ younger son, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, on a rare visit from California, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

But the queen’s disgraced second son, Prince Andrew, 62, is not expected to join them.

She will return to the balcony later to watch a flyby of military aircraft, including iconic models from World War II, the palace said.

At nightfall, the queen will be at Windsor Castle, west of London, to take part in a ceremony to light more than 3,000 beacons across the country and the Commonwealth of 54 nations that she heads.

Parties, parades, concerts

 

Elizabeth was a 25-year-old princess when she succeeded her father, King George VI in 1952, bringing a rare touch of glamour to a battered nation still enduring food rations after World War II.

Seventy years on, she is now the only monarch most Britons have ever known, becoming an enduring figurehead through often troubled times.

Britain’s first and very likely only Platinum Jubilee will see street parties, pop concerts and parades until Sunday in potentially the last major public celebration of the queen’s long reign.

It has not yet been confirmed if she will attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, while her planned attendance at horse racing showcase The Derby on Saturday is off.

She could yet put in a final appearance — again from the palace balcony — on Sunday, at the climax of a huge public pageant involving 6,000 performers.

In a message, the queen thanked everyone involved in organizing the community events in Britain and around the world.

“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions,” she said.

“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”

Attention turning to succession

The jubilee, held against a backdrop of rising inflation that has left many Britons struggling, is being seen not just as respite for the public after two years scarred by the pandemic but also for the royals.

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, caused shockwaves in early 2020 by moving to North America, from where they have publicly criticized royal life.

In April last year, she lost her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, and was forced to sit alone at his funeral because of coronavirus restrictions.

Since then, she has struggled with her health and also the fallout from Andrew’s links to the convicted sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew, who in February settled a U.S. civil claim for sexual assault, has effectively been fired from his royal duties.

Attention is increasingly turning to the succession, and the monarchy’s future at home and in the 14 other Commonwealth countries where the queen is also head of state.

Her approval rating among Britons remains high at 75%, according to a poll by YouGov published Wednesday, but Charles is only at 50%.

A total of 62% still want a monarchy, although younger people are split, with 33% in favor, and 31% wanting a republic.

Only 39% said they thought there would still be a monarch in 100 years’ time.