Prince Charles’ last-minute call to Queen led to her historic balcony appearance

Prince Charles' last-minute call to the Queen was the reason why she made her historic balcony appearance at the end of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

The lasting, and carefully choreographed, image of the four generations of the Royal Family standing proud on the Buckingham Palace balcony, with the three heirs to the Queen's throne around her, will be forever etched in history.

Prince Charles to her right, along with Prince William and Prince George to her left, is a photograph that has been presented right around the world.

It is a shot, snapped during the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, that may never happen again on such a high-profile occasion.

And we have the Prince of Wales to thank for persuading Her Majesty to make the effort to present herself to her enormous flock of adoring fans.

An inside source said: “The Queen only decided that she would go to London about three hours before the balcony appearance.

“She was not feeling brilliant, but the Prince of Wales had called her and told her she really ought to come if she could.

“He told her there were so many people desperate to see her and he convinced her to come.”

The 96-year-old monarch, who has reigned since 1952, duly travelled to London from Windsor, and was staggered by reception she got, with some rare tears welling in her eyes.

The sourced added: “The Queen was totally overwhelmed by the number of people waiting to see her – she had tears in her eyes before she stepped out on the balcony.”

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Her Majesty herself admitted: “While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.”

The Queen is expected to carry out less personal appearances from now on and will enjoy a well-earned break at Balmoral – after attending the investiture for the Order of the Garter later today (June 12) – where her cosy cottage Craigowan Lodge, has been fitted out with mobility aides, including a stair lift.

The insider revealed: “Over time, the Queen will revert to becoming a more virtual Queen with digital appearances and video calls.”

She will not join the procession or be at the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor later today, where the historic ceremony will witness the Camilla installed to the 700-year-old order of Knighthood, along with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Baroness Amos.

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