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UK to hold days-long bash to celebrate queen’s 70-year reign

LONDON (AP) – Britain is getting ready for a party featuring mounted troops, solemn prayers – and a pack of dancing mechanical corgis.

The nation will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne this week with four days of pomp and pageantry in central London. But behind the brass bands, street parties and a planned appearance by the ageing queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace lies a drive to show that the royal family still remains relevant after seven decades of change.

“The monarchy is not elected, so the only way in which a monarch can demonstrate consent is not through the ballot box, but through people turning out on the streets,” said the historical adviser on The Crown series Robert Lacey.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin