Beaming Queen lights Platinum Jubilee beacon setting off 3,300 flames across Britain in majestic ceremony

THE Queen has lit the Platinum Jubilee beacon to mark 70 years of her reign as a day of pageantry and celebration draws to a close.

Her Majesty bravely smiled for Brits tonight – hours after deciding she won’t be able to attend tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s.

he Queen lit the Jubilee beacon from Windsor Castle tonight – despite suffering pain during the festivities todayCredit: Sky News

She smiled brightly for Brits during the event, a royal traditionCredit: PA

Prince William wore blue as he lit the next beacon at Buckingham PalaceCredit: Getty

The Duke of Cambridge met Grammy-winner Gregory Porter after the ceremonyCredit: Getty

He was joined by Sir Nicholas Bacon as he lit the 70ft Tree of Trees beaconCredit: Getty

Colourful images of the monarch were projected onto the walls of the palace

The monarch announced this evening that she will not attend tomorrow’s service at St Paul’s,

Stunning fireworks lit up the skies over WindsorCredit: JON BOND- The Sun

While the monarch was seen smiling during the flypast, Prince Louis wasn’t quite so sure

Palace officials say she suffered some ‘discomfort’ earlier today and has decided to back out of tomorrow’s event with ‘great reluctance’

It comes after she experienced “discomfort” during today’s festivities.

The monarch, who appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with a walking stick in her hand today, had vowed to light the beacon.

She had looked relaxed and happy as she was flanked by her family this afternoon, and was seen smiling at younger royals Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and four-year-old Louis.

But this evening, Her Majesty – again seen using a cane – walked with great care as she stepped out at Windsor.

She will be represented at St Paul’s tomorrow by Prince Charles.

The grounds of the castle looked stunning tonightCredit: PA

Elsewhere, drummers marched through the streets of LiverpoolCredit: PA

The coastline in Lee-on-Sea, Hampshire was packed with visitorsCredit: Paul Jacobs/

Fireworks lit up Blackpool TowerCredit: Phill Heywood

The Wimborne Milita fired off a 21-gun salute in the Dorset market townCredit: BNPS

One of the beacons was lit on Glastonbury Tor

Torches were also lit at Enniskillen Castle, Northern Ireland

Torch bearers smiled in Sandringham, NorfolkCredit: PA

Crowds gathered in Blackheath, south-east LondonCredit: LNP

The sad news follows a day of celebrations on the streets of London

Her Majesty covered her eyes with shades as she was driven away from the city centre after the event

Meghan Markle was spotted playing with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall during the festivities

Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the capital to celebrate the occasion

Crowds cheered for the royals as the four-day bonanza got off to a flying start

Prince Andrew will also not attend after testing positive for Covid.

Despite Her Majesty’s pain today, she vowed to continue on with the beacon lighting – an important tradition for special royal occasions, including jubilees, weddings and coronations.

She has had them for her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012, as well as her 90th birthday in 2016.

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