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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ laura: i own laura trevelyan in new york city and this is bbc world news america. celebrations have gun for queen elizabeth marking a record-breaking 70 years as monarch. the queen appears on the balcony at buckingham palace with four generations of the royal family as the pageantry commemorating her platinum jubilee begins. a spectacular flightpath by the red arrows as 70 aircraftpaid tribute to the queen's tenure. >> people from around the u.k. on the world have been gathering to join in all of the celebrations. laura: we will bring you the latest on the ceremonies throughout the program and the rest of the days news.
♪ welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. we begin tonight in the united kingdom, where the pomp and pageantry is underway, marking queen elizabeth ii's platinum jubilee, her seven years on the throne. tributes have been pouring in from world leaders. president biden wished the queen a joyful celebration. katty kay is in london for us with a fantastic view of the festivities. the queen is the longest-serving monarch in u.k. history, and a singular global figure. it must be quite the party on the mall. katty: there have been people here all day. it has been jampacked buddies here at -- jampacked activities here. the queen walked out on the balcony to see the parade, and that was followed by a spectacular flightpath of
military planes. in a statement earlier, the queen said she hoped these four days of celebrations would create many happy memories for people around the world. our royal correspondent starts our coverage. reporter: for all that she wants jubilee to be about local communities creating their own special memories, in the end, it's all about her. after all, they would not be a platinum jubilee if they were not a monarch who served for 70 years. it is heard that e crowds have come to see. the queen appeared on the balcony can buckingham palace but for the first time in her reign, she did not attend the color itself. that is just too physically demanding for her now. earlier it had been the prince of wales who led the royal party from buckingham palace. also riding on horseback behind charles were prince william and princess ann.
and riding together in one of the carriages, the cambridge's three children, prince george, prince louis waving away happy in the middle, and princess charlotte. and the me the crowd waved, the more louis waved, until his sister decided that was probably enough. as the procession made its way down the mall, a group of animal-rights protesters group through the tight police gordon and attempted to disrupt one of the marching banned before being dragged away by police. on horse guards parade, the foot guards have formed up. plenty to look at for those newcomers to the parade. plenty to get used to for these newcomers. they will see it many times in years to come. absent from the parade, the duke of york, stripped of his role as
honorary kernel of the grenadier guards. keen young eyes were watching from the windows overlooking the parade ground. the duke anduchess of sussex were also watching from the same building. their presence was caught by photographers. at buckingham palace, the royal standard was being raised to signify the queen had arrived from windsor, ready for her appearances on the palace balcony. the military parade on horse guards over, the crowds were allowed of the amount towards buckingh palace. they filled the spaces around the victoria memorial. on the balcony the queen and the working members of the royal family and their children. one of whom was about to steal the show. overhead, there was a fly past, the finest britain's armed services could watch her. watching was four-year-old louie, still waiting for all he was worth, fascinating by what
he was seeing overhead one moment, putting his hands to his ears the next. the queen of course has seen it all before, and takes such things in her stride, just as she has done throughout her long reign. her seven years on the throne were marked in style. the platinum jubilee celebrations are underway. nicholas mitchell, bbc news. katty: don't you love the way it is always the children who steal the show? earlier, people from inside the u.k. and around the world gathered to watch the ceremonies here. we were on site and in in the crowd and speaking to spectators. reporter: it was 10 deep on the mall as people gathered to watch the parade. those at the back cannot really see much. but that seemed to bother absolutely no one. >> it is incredible. i have never seen it like this and it feels like a very special
occasion. we are delighted to be here. reporter: you cannot see very muchrom back here. does it matter? >> it actually really helpful. all the cameras in front of us, we are getting some good shots on what is happening anyway. reporter: some people have traveled thousands of miles to be here. you came from canada? oh my goodness. for this? >> specifically for this. her majesty's platinum jubilee. we came here 10 years for the diamond jubilee. reporter: why? >> because her majesty the queen has been faithfully serving sandy commonwealth for the last 70 years. reporter: why are you here? >> well, i think it is a very special occasion. we are never going to see this again, not with our queen, bless her. it is very special and you have got to be part of the atmosphere. reporter: for others, this was the tonic needed after the last long two years. >> incredibly proud to be part
of this. and the sense of togetherness, which we have not really felt in a long time, especially due to the pandemic, it is really special. reporter: why are you here? >> i am here celebrating the occasion. it is nice bringing communities together and we are all here. that is why i am here. reporter: where do you come from today? >> southport, england's classy resort. soaking it all up, making the most of it. reporter: we were just chatting and you are saying you thought these days we special for a particular reason. tell m again. >> it is great that all the good things about our country are exhibited today. all the good people coming out, a sense of together event. i was here 20 years ago. it is just great to be here. it's the atmosphere, sense of community, all together, all for the country and for the queen.
it is great. repoer: you sound emotional. >> i am a little bit. reporter: a bit of emotion on the mall today. i am joined now by grammy award winning american jazz singer. thank you so much for joining me. tell us about the song you just sung. >> a life of grace, a life lived with grace. i feel that about her majesty, the queen. just an honor to be here. but the song speaks of some of the things i love to speak about -- to sing about. peace, love, togetherness, harmony, and with a beautiful message for the queen as well. i am just a little gospel singing boy from bakersfield, california. so this is a real honor for me. that honors my mother and family. i am just thankful to be here. katty: like you, i live in the
u.s., and when i told people i was coming over for jubilee celebrations, everybody was thrilled. americans do love the royal family. were you surprised when you got the call, as an american, to sing at the jubilee? >> very surprised. i was like, no, that cannot be right. i have sang for the royals before, and i guess they liked what they heard and said, let's have him back. katty: i have been talking to people all day who come from all over the world. this does seem to be more than a british celebration. i am struck by that. >> it is a worldwide celebration. and obviously we are struck by the fantastic tradition that exists he in the u.k. but she is an international treasure. so to be able to honor her in song, it's a gift for me. and i think for the rest of the world. they understand where we are in terms of her life.
and we want to celebrate her. katty: while she is still alive. what is it about her that you admire so much? >> just like the song says,er grace during difficult times i think is palpabl to everybody. it's like, to be cool under fire. anshe has been through so many things over 70 years. i am young, i have not seen everything. but in ascending to the throne at a very young age, and just being so, so cool and steady, and measured, and thoughtful all these years, it is amazing to see. and quite frankly, this grace that we talk about that she gives to everybody, she shares it. royal humility.
i sing about that. will see i sing often about royal humility. katty: thank you very much for joining me here. grace and royal humility. those are the kind of words we have been hearing throughout the day. we live in a world where so much has changed so fast during the queen's 70 years on the throne, and yet she has not, she has stayed the same. perhaps that is part of what people admire so much about her ound the world. laura: and you have been talking to people from around the world and the commonwealth today. what do they say is relevant about the queen to them? katty: you know, it is striking, particularly speaking to younger people. i interviewed a young woman from zambia was part of a charitable program that the queen is a patron of. i said hold on a second, here you are, a 20-year-old woman from zambia, and we are talking about a 96-year-old woman lives in buckingham palace behind you, what do you have in common?
she said the queen h the sense of duty and service and bringing people together, and that was why she admired her and respected her. is the commonwealth still an incredibly relevant organization? i think that is up for dispute, but it is certainly true people i spoke to today who come from the commonwealth, young and old, feel the queen is relevant and that the queen is what makes them so impressed with the british monarchy. it is so much today this celebration about one woman, her majesty, queen elizabeth. laura: well, stay with us, we will have more from you on the queen's jubilee later in the program. we turn now to south africa, where there has been an outbreak of anti-immigrant violence. the country's president called the anger towards foreign nationals deeply disturbing, saying it echoes the country's apartheid past. our correspondent has been
speaking to immigrants who tell her they are living in fear. reporter: a business that was once a dream come true, now the site of a recurring nightmare. this mozambique barber says he has been repeatedly attacked by people accusing him of taking their jobs. >> this family came here, there were seven of them. they took the machines, their dress, and displays. we had no choice but to let them take them because they had guns. i am afraid, because when they come here, i don't know what will happen. they would kill me. reporter: this is not the first time anti-foreigne sentiment has been an issue in alexandra, a marginalized community on the doorstep of one of johannesburg's richest areas. in this townshipin 2008
xenophobic violence began and then spread around the country. the competition for increasingly scarce resources. some locals are blaming other africans. among the loudest voices, a campaign whose name means to push back in zulu. it's been closing down businesses it claims are run by illegal immigrants. >> we will not let those nes you just said break the spirit of the community who are fighting for what is rightfully theirs. if the government does things the right way, that would not be anything to do with vigilantism and harassment. we also get harassed. we were attacked on march 7 by sticks, weapons. so some things need serious attention. reporter: most of these foreigners weave spoken to say they are too scared to go on
camera. but we heard again and again people havhad businesses smashed and been threatened. there is a real sense that people do not know what is going to happen next. e owners of this store say they live in fear, after south cans armed with whips stole their stock. it is not the life is 19-year-old imagined for himself when he came to south africa om mozambique last year. >> my dream when it came to johannesburg was to get a good job and money. i just want to live myife like other people do. i am so scared. i am even thinking of moving to another country. reporter: both south africans and foreigners say they feel forgotten by people with power because they are poor. a divided community, united in despair. laura: in other news from around the world, the united nations has announced the cease-fire in
yemen has been expended for two more months. the u.n. special envoy says yemenis have experienced tangible benefits of the cease-fire, which came into force the start of april civilian casualties have significantly reduced since then. an overwhelming majority of dahave voted in favor of joining the eu's common defense priority, meaning they will now contribute troops and participate in eu foreign policy where defense is concerned. this follows a finland and sweden's historic applications for nato, with the war in ukraine forcing reagan -- forcing european countries to rethink policies. and president biden lifted restrictions on flights to cuba was put in place by the trump administration. u.s. flights to airports outside the capital havana will be allowed. u.s. secretary of state antony blinken said the move was in support of the cuban people, and in the foreign policy interests of the united states. on the even --eve of the 100th
day of fighting ukraine, president zelenskyy says russian forces now control 1/5 of ukraine's territory. heavy fighting continues in the east. amid the war, ukraine's football match against scotland last night was closely followed. our correspondent watched the world cup qualifier with soldiers in the capital kyiv. reporter: this is no normal world cup qualifier, and these are no, fans. these young ukrainians have all volunteered to join the fight against russia's invasion. 23-year-old alex he's to a software engineer. he will soon be heading to the front. >> i am really proud of myself because i am doing a really great thing for my country. reporter: football is a big deal here, even in the darkest of times. >> everybody feels responsibility, because they
want to show to us that they are fighting too. reporter: no of course normally for a game like this, all the bars, pubs, would be packed. but of course there is a curfew, soeople are watching at home, or in this instance, at their military base. an unusual setting for an almost unique sporting event. >> right now for us it is really important to -- we won in the region and ukrainians would be really happy if we win this match. reporter: but in their way, a scotland team almost everyone assumed would be to ukraine. but not here. 1-0. 2-0. these soldiers have grown used to remarkable victories, but they also know that victory can turn into defeat.
it has been a really good game buit is getting tense now. ukraine had a one goal advantage scotland are pushing. it is getting nerve-racking, even for neutrals. [yelling] >> we won this match, so it's really great. this means nothing is impossible for our country and we are going to win this too. laura: something to celebrate. let's return to our top story, the queen's celebration of her platinum jubilee. katty kay is still with us in london. the queen has become a global figure in her 70 year reign, and she's practically the embodiment of the special relationship between the u.s. and the u.k., isn't she? katty: i do not think americans
can imagine the united kingdom without queen elizabeth. over the past seven decades she has met countless world leaders, including 13 of the 14 different american presidents who have served during her time. tim allman has taken a look back and has more. >> america salutes, as the big royal canadian air force plane lands. reporter: she was not even clean when she met her first president. princess elizabeth arriving in washington in 1 first visit to , and perry s truman was there to say hello. >> it certainly is a very great pleasure for me as theresident of the united states, to welcome you to the capital of our country. >> the president's car is approaching, and the queen awaited s real -- his arrival. reporter: eight years later and she was playing house, this time to president eisenhower, who she invited to her estate in
scotland. next up was president kennedy, here at a state and quit in buckingham palace in 1961. the only president xi never met was lyndon johnson. she met his successor richard nixon in 1969. president gerald ford welcomed her to the white house in 1976 as part of america's bicentennial celebrations. another banquet, another president, this time jimmy carter being wined and dined at the palace. president reagan made quite the impression on u.k./u.s. relations, so much so he was given an honorary knighthood. as was his vice president, george bush senior, when he took over at the oval office. bill clinton met the queen several times. this, his final trip to the u.k. before leaving office. george w. bush, iited to a
state dinner at the white house, where she paid tribute to the bonds between the two countries. >> this atlantic unites, not divis us. ours is a partnership always to be reckoned with in the defense of freedom. reporter:resident number 12 was barack obama, being shown around the x or gallery at buckingham palace. donald trump was invited to tea at windsor castle. as was hisuccessor joe biden. the latest president to have the honor of meeting thilongest lasting of queens. tim allman, bbc news. katty: the queen is truly a historic figure. these beacons are being lit in her honor tonight from australia to zambia. they are an ancient form of communication. what do they symbolize? katty: i was speaking to a historian today who told me more
about beacons that i certainly ever knew. they are basically an early form of email. they are a way of communicating quickly across the country. marauders are coming, quickly like a beacon. it was used as a form of defense of the realm, if you like. now it has become a source of celebration. they have had reagan's -- they have had beacons for previous jubilees, and they are being lit around the united kingdom including at windsor castle and here at buckingham palace. and interestingly, right around the commonwealth as well, where 54 members are lighting in a capital cities. because of time zones it means they are being lit on a 24 hour clock. but everyone joining in on the celeation of the platinum jubilee. laura: this is just day one of those celebrations. what is still to come, and how much can the queen actually participate in? katty: today was really the big
day of pageantry, the military pageantry as much as anything, the thing the brits do so well, all the shining horsemen on their hses and uniforms and the flags. it was great, it looks fantastic. tomorrow is a more somber day, a service of thanksgiving at st. paul's cathedral. we just heard from the palace that the queen will not be there. we saw her three times today, twice on the balcony and once at windsor castle when she triggered the lighting of those beacons. but the palace said it is with great regret that the queen will not attend those services. she apparently had discomfort. she is out at windsor castle so she has to travel back into the city, it would be very tiring for her. she will not be there but the other wells will. laura: and we leave you with some pictures from windsor castle on the first day of the queen's platinum jubilee celebrations. and you can see that is the scene there tonight.
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