Queen news - live: Countdown to platinum jubilee weekend begins

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The Queen is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June with a four-day bank holiday weekend.

The weekend, which will begin on Thursday 2 June and end on Sunday 5 June, will see several events take place involving members of the royal family.

These include Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving, the Platinum beacons, a Platinum Jubilee pageant and a star-studded concert.

However, the RMT union has today announced planned strike action on the weekend, which will affect passengers aiming to travel on the Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines.

Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have begun their three-day tour in Canada, where they are representing the Queen - one of a number of recent appearances to highlight Prince Charles’ increased presence as head of the royal family in the light of the monarch’s mobility problems and advanced age.

While the Queen has made mostly virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, as she gears up for the Jubilee weekend Her Majesty has started to make more in-person appearances.

However Buckingham Palace has said the Queen’s attendance at Jubilee weekend events aren’t likely to be confirmed until the day-of.

Follow our liveblog for all of the latest updates on the Queen as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

Key points

  • When is the Platinum Jubilee?

  • Kate Middleton helped up red carpet steps by Tom Cruise at Top Gun premiere

  • Tube strike action announced for jubilee weekend

  • Queen + Adam Lambert to open Platinum Jubilee concert

What will pub opening hours be like on the platinum jubilee weekend?

10:23 , Laura Hampson

An extra bank holiday date tied with a royal jubilee means it’s a cause for celebration, so will pub opening hours be extended?

Joanna Whitehead has the answer here:

What will pub opening hours be like for the Jubilee weekend?

Eight towns win city status to mark platinum jubilee

09:55 , Saman Javed

A record-breaking eight towns across the UK have been awarded city status in celebration of the monarch’s platinum jubilee.

The new cities are among the areas in the UK that “make Britain great”, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay said.

Those that triumphed in a competition to recieve civic honours include Colchester, Britain’s first recorded settlement, and Milton Keynes, a town formally established in 1967.

The towns of Dunfermline in Scotland and Wrexham in Wales were also successful.

Emily Atkinson has the full list of newly-crowned cities here:

Milton Keynes and Doncaster among eight new cities to mark platinum jubilee

What events will the Queen attend at the platinum jubilee?

09:01 , Laura Hampson

With the jubilee weekend now less than two weeks away, Her Majesty is expected to attend a total of three events across the weekend.

However, earlier this month Buckingham Palace released a statement saying that the Queen’s attendance at these events wasn’t likely to be confirmed until the day-of.

Joanna Whitehead has the run-down on which events the Queen will be attending here:

What events will the Queen attend on the platinum jubilee weekend?

08:32 , Laura Hampson

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the Queen and the royal family in the lead-up to the platinum jubilee.

Friday 20 May 2022 19:21 , Laura Hampson

That’s a wrap of our coverage today, join us again tomorrow for more updates on the Queen and the royal family.

This is the Queen’s favourite alcoholic drink

Friday 20 May 2022 18:58 , Laura Hampson

Darren McGrady, who previously worked as a personal chef for Queen Elizabeth II for over a decade, and later served Princess Diana and her two sons, William and Harry, once divulged everything that the Queen eats in a day.

Sharing a series of videos on YouTube, the former royal chef explained that during his time working for the monarch between 1982 and 1993, the Queen enjoyed four small meals a day, and always took afternoon tea - even when they were on the Royal Yacht Britannia on a tour of Australia.

Find out what the Queen’s favourite tipple is here:

The Queen’s favourite alcoholic drinks, according to former royal chef

Why Kate Middleton can’t vote

Friday 20 May 2022 17:43 , Laura Hampson

Kate Middleton is forbidden from going to the ballot box. After Kate entered the royal family, she could no longer express her political views in public, and must always remain politically impartial in interviews and at events.

According to the official royal website this is “convention” rather than law. “By convention, The Queen does not vote or stand for election, however, Her Majesty does have important ceremonial and formal roles in relation to the government of the UK.”

Here are all the other things the Duchess cannot do:

Kate Middleton can’t vote, and other everyday things she’s not allowed to do

New TfL map released featuring Elizabeth Line

Friday 20 May 2022 16:34 , Laura Hampson

The latest tube map has been revealed by Transport for London (TfL), featuring the soon-to-launch Elizabeth Line.

The map of London’s underground network looks busier than ever, with the Elizabeth Line - part of the Crossrail project - sketched out in purple.

The Elizabeth Line is set to launch on Tuesday, 24 May, some 41 months later than originally planned.

Deputy Travel Editor Lucy Thackray has the full report here:

New TFL tube map released featuring Elizabeth Line

Jennie Bond: ‘Charles will make a fine King’

Friday 20 May 2022 15:57 , Laura Hampson

Jennie Bond has said that Prince Charles will “make a fine King” during an exclusive event hosted by The Independent on Thursday evening.

Bond was joined by Independent journalists Sean O’Grady and Sunny Hundal to discuss the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee, her 70-year reign, and what the future of the monarchy might look like.

You can watch the full discussion, hosted by Laura Hampson, here:

Jennie Bond: ‘Charles will make a fine King’

Prince Harry and Meghan ‘filming at-home documentary series for Netflix'

Friday 20 May 2022 14:48 , Laura Hampson

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly filming an “at-home” documentary series with Netflix.

Film crews have been given permission to film Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their home in Montecito, California, and followed them on their trip to New York City last September.

Saman Javed has the full story here:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘filming at-home documentary series for Netflix’

Kate wears Roland Mouret dress at premiere

Friday 20 May 2022 13:32 , Laura Hampson

The Duchess of Cambridge went for a sleek, monochromatic look with her outfit choice at Thursday evening’s premiere for Top Gun: Maverick, which she attended alongside her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, and the film’s lead actor, Tom Cruise.

For the occasion, Kate chose to wear a fitted, off-shoulder black and white gown by Roland Mouret that went down to her ankles.

She chose to wear her hair loose and accessorised the look with minimal jewellery, opting for just a simple pair of drop earrings and no necklace.

Olivia Petter reports:

Kate Middleton dazzles in Roland Mouret dress at Top Gun premiere

Camilla says women fleeing abuse ‘have nothing to be ashamed of’ in refuge visit

Friday 20 May 2022 12:23 , Laura Hampson

The Duchess of Cornwall has said women fleeing domestic abuse “have nothing to be ashamed of” as she visited a refuge in Canada.

Camilla was visiting a YWCA transitional housing centre in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, which can house up to 18 victims of violence and their children.

The Duchess told staff at the facility: “How lucky they are to have you here for them. It has been hidden for so long, people never talked about it. But now it is alright to talk about it. There is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Read more here:

Camilla says women fleeing abuse ‘have nothing to be ashamed of’

Milton Keynes and Doncaster among eight new cities to mark Queen’s platinum jubilee

Friday 20 May 2022 11:17 , Laura Hampson

A record-breaking eight places across the UK and beyond have been awarded city status to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The new cities that triumphed in a competition to receive civic honours range from Colchester, Britain’s first recorded settlement, to Milton Keynes, a town formally established in 1967.

Emily Atkinson has the full report:

Milton Keynes and Doncaster among eight new cities to mark platinum jubilee

Prince Charles dances during traditional drum show in Canada

Friday 20 May 2022 10:06 , Laura Hampson

Charles busted some moves as he took part in 1,000-year-old traditional Dene Drum Dance in Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The Prince of Wales spoke to Chief Edward Sangris and Chief Fred Sangris in private about issues affecting indigenous people on his trip to see the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Leadership at the Chief Drygeese Government Building in Detta.

Read the full story here:

Prince Charles dances during traditional drum show in Canada

Camilla presented with stress ball made from beaver fur in Canada

Friday 20 May 2022 09:13 , Laura Hampson

On the last day of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s tour of Canada, Camilla laughed when she was presented with a fluffy gift in Yellowknife, Canada, and was told it was a stress ball made of beaver fur.

“Everybody needs a stress ball,” Camilla said.

Jane Dragon, 81, handmade the ball for the Duchess, explaining: “It’s from sheared beaver.”

Read the full report here:

Camilla given ball made from beaver fur in Canada: ‘Everybody needs a stress ball’

Kate Middleton helped up red carpet steps by Tom Cruise at Top Gun premiere

Friday 20 May 2022 09:04 , Laura Hampson

Prince William and Kate Middleton dazzled on the red carpet at the UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick last night.

On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Leicester Square in London ahead of the film screening, with the duchess opting for an off-the-shoulder black and white gown by Roland Mouret for the occasion.

The Duchess wore her hair in a sleek straight style, and accessorised with a black clutch and dangling star statement earrings.

Chelsea Ritschel has the full story here:

Kate Middleton helped up steps by Tom Cruise at Top Gun premiere

Friday 20 May 2022 08:54 , Laura Hampson

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog covering news of the Queen and the wider royal family in the lead-up to the platinum jubilee.

Tune in to our liveblog again tomorrow

Thursday 19 May 2022 17:25 , Saman Javed

That’s a wrap of our coverage today! Check back in tomorrow for more news and live updates about the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee celebrations.

Preparations are underway

Thursday 19 May 2022 17:20 , Saman Javed

A photograph shared to the Royal Family’s official Twitter shows preparations underway at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Spectator stands have been erected around The Victoria Memorial and railings have also been put in place.

70 facts about the Queen

Thursday 19 May 2022 17:00 , Saman Javed

The Queen is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having spent 70 years on the throne.

From her first trip on the London Underground to details from her wedding to Prince Philip, here are some things you might not know about Her Majesty:

70 facts about the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee: What events are scheduled to take place and when is it?

Thursday 19 May 2022 16:30 , Saman Javed

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place over four days. They will include the monarch’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving and a Jubilee pageant.

See the full schedule here:

What events are scheduled during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

How to make the lemon trifle crowned platinum pudding for Queen’s jubilee

Thursday 19 May 2022 16:08 , Saman Javed

A lemon and amaretti Swiss roll trifle is the official pudding of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The dessert, created by Jemma Melvin, a copywriter from Southport, Merseyside, was inspired by the lemon posset served at the Queen’s 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

Keen to make your own Jubilee pudding? Joanna Whitehead has detailed Melvin’s recipe in full:

How to make the lemon trifle crowned Platinum Pudding for the Queen’s Jubilee

What is the Queen’s last name?

Thursday 19 May 2022 10:57 , Laura Hampson

As many people reflect on the Queen’s historic reign, some royal admirers might be surprised to learn that they’re not entirely familiar with our monarch’s full name.

If you’re unsure what the Queen’s last name is, Joanna Whitehead has laid it out here:

What is the Queen’s last name?

First Nations leader calls for Queen’s apology over indigenous children scandal

Thursday 19 May 2022 10:23 , Laura Hampson

The Prince of Wales has not apologised on behalf of the Queen for the “assimilation and genocide” of Canada’s indigenous residential school children but instead “acknowledged” the nation’s dark past, First Nations leaders have said.

RoseAnne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, appealed directly to Charles for an apology from the monarch during a reception in the Canadian capital where many leading figures from the country’s indigenous community were invited, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other prominent individuals.

You can read the full story here:

First Nations leader calls for Queen’s apology over indigenous children scandal

What is operation London Bridge?

Thursday 19 May 2022 09:47 , Laura Hampson

The day that Queen Elizabeth II dies will elicit a series of carefully constructed plans that have been in place since the 1960s in a process dubbed “Operation London Bridge”.

Oivia Petter has the complete run-down on the process here:

The secret plan for after the Queen dies has been updated

William and Kate to attend Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London

Thursday 19 May 2022 09:18 , Laura Hampson

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an appearance at the UK premiere of the highly anticipated Top Gun sequel, Maverick.

The couple will join Tom Cruise for the London event on Thursday, which is taking place as a Royal Film Performance.

The fundraising event is held in aid of The Film and TV Charity, which supports people working behind the scenes in the UK’s screen sector.

Read the full report here:

William and Kate to attend Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London

Over 2,800 beacons will be lit to celebrate Queen’s platinum jubilee

Thursday 19 May 2022 08:55 , Laura Hampson

More than 2,800 Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit across the globe in honour of the Queen’s 70-year reign, organisers have revealed as the two-week countdown to the national celebrations begins.

Read the full report here:

Over 2,800 beacons will be lit to celebrate Queen’s platinum jubilee

Everything the Queen eats in a day, according to royal chefs

Thursday 19 May 2022 08:26 , Laura Hampson

With a team of world-class chefs, access to the best food that money can buy, and dining rooms at palaces across the UK, you would have thought meal times are always prestigious in the Windsor household.

Yet, as the Queen’s former chef Darren McGrady previously revealed, the Queen sticks to a pretty rigid schedule about what she eats and drinks.

Read the full story here:

Everything the Queen eats in a day, according to royal chefs

Queen + Adam Lambert to open Platinum Jubilee concert

Thursday 19 May 2022 08:25 , Laura Hampson

Queen + Adam Lambert will open the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert 20 years after Brian May performed “God Save the Queen” on Buckingham Palace’s roof to mark the Golden Jubilee.

The Queen is celebrating 70 years on the throne in June, with a whole line-up of events taking place across the country to celebrate her reign.

One of the most star-studded events taking place over the bank holiday weekend is the Platinum Party at the Palace, which will be broadcast live on the BBC on Saturday 4 June.

Isobel Lewis has the full story here:

Full line-up for Platinum Party at the Palace concert for Queen’s jubilee announced

Thursday 19 May 2022 08:07 , Laura Hampson

Good morning and welcome to today’s liveblog covering the latest Queen and royal family-related news.

Check back in tomorrow

Wednesday 18 May 2022 21:10 , Laura Hampson

That’s a wrap of our royal coverage today, check back in tomorrow for the latest stories from the royal family.

The eight key bombshell claims from the Palace Papers

Wednesday 18 May 2022 20:36 , Laura Hampson

In case you missed it, author Tina Brown recounted scandals, love affairs and betrayals that have plagued royal family over past three decades in her recently-released book, The Palace Papers.

Packed with eye-opening details, the author of The Diana Chronicles picks up from where she left off in her last book - the death of the People’s Princess - and documents the next 25 years of the Firm’s history.

Covering all the senior royals in equal measure, Brown leaves no stone unturned and has interviewed over 120 sources for the project.

Here are the key claims:

The eight key bombshell claims in The Palace Papers

Where will Prince Harry and Meghan stay during the Jubilee?

Wednesday 18 May 2022 19:28 , Laura Hampson

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed they will be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations along with their two children next month.

The scheduled June visit to the UK, which comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a secret visit to the Queen last month before travelling to The Hague, Netherlands for the Invictus Games, will mark the first time the 96-year-old monarch has met the couple’s daughter, Lilibet Diana, 11 months.

But where will the family stay? Chelsea Ritschel has the low-down here:

Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay during Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

William pays tribute to ‘resilience’ of submariners

Wednesday 18 May 2022 17:48 , Laura Hampson

The Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to the “continued resilience” of the Royal Navy’s submariners and their families as he unveiled a new memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

William gave a short speech on the Submarine Service during the unveiling ceremony at the Staffordshire site on Wednesday, in which he said: “You would be hard-pressed to find a more challenging environment to serve in.”

Read the full report here:

William pays tribute to ‘resilience’ of submariners as he unveils new memorial

Prince Harry welcomes Colombia and Nigeria to Invictus community

Wednesday 18 May 2022 16:44 , Laura Hampson

The Duke of Sussex has announced that Colombia and Nigeria are joining his Invictus Games Foundation in a new “community” structure.

Harry founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

More here:

Harry welcomes Colombia and Nigeria to ‘inspiring Invictus community of nations’

Take a look back at 70 incredible years of Queen Elizabeth II

Wednesday 18 May 2022 16:30 , Kate Ng

The Independent is hosting a free panel discussion on Thursday 19 May at 6.30pm with royal experts Jennie Bond and Sean O’Grady, hosted by our Deputy Lifestyle Editor Laura Hampson.

Follow this link to book your spot on the Zoom session now.

Diana’s Spencer Tiara to go on display for Jubilee jewels exhibition

Wednesday 18 May 2022 15:30 , Kate Ng

The famous Spencer Tiara, worn by Diana, Princess of Wales on her wedding day, is to go on display as part of the UK’s largest exhibition of tiaras in 20 years.

Some 50 glittering treasures of aristocratic and royal provenance, many seen for the first time in public in decades, will be on view as part of Sotheby’s’ Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Find out more:

Diana’s sparkling Spencer Tiara to go on display for Jubilee jewels exhibition

Who is performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert?

Wednesday 18 May 2022 14:30 , Kate Ng

The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday 4 June is gearing up to be a star-studded event, with the likes of Diana Ross, Adam Lambert and George Ezra already lined up to headline the show.

Our Culture Reporter Isobel Lewis has all the details:

Who is performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert for the Jubilee?

Diana Ross to headline Queen’s platinum jubilee concert

Wednesday 18 May 2022 13:30 , Kate Ng

The legendary Diana Ross is set to headline the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday 4 June.

The Ain’t No Mountain High Enough singer’s performance will be one of the main attractions for the event, which will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Diana Ross to headline Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert

‘My therapist will hear about this’

Wednesday 18 May 2022 12:30 , Kate Ng

Everyone is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee - but one chip shop’s offering for the royal occasion is... questionable.

Crisp and Fry, a chip shop chain in Wales, posted a TikTok video of its “Jubilee fish and chips”, featuring bright red chips and a blue battered fish, and the response is nothing short of hilarious.

Get the full story here:

TikTokers horrified and amused by blue and red ‘jubilee fish and chips’

Crafters to decorate post boxes ahead of Queen’s Jubilee

Wednesday 18 May 2022 11:30 , Kate Ng

The UK’s crochet experts have picked up their hooks to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – recreating the monarch and her corgis in miniature to sit on top of post boxes across the country.

Keen crocheters have decorated their communities with bejewelled crowns and googly-eyed versions of the Queen’s Guard to mark her 70 years on the throne.

Crafters to decorate post boxes ahead of Queen’s Jubilee

Tube strike action announced for jubilee weekend

Wednesday 18 May 2022 10:33 , Kate Ng

Strike action has been announced for the Jubilee long weekend (2-5 June) which could affect the celebrations in the capital.

The RMT Union says its members will walk out of Euston and Green Park stations on Friday 3 June to protest bullying and a “toxic working environment”.

The strikes would last all day on the Friday and affect passengers aiming to travel on the Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines.

Our Deputy Travel Editor Lucy Thackray reports:

Strike action announced for Jubilee long weekend

Charles discusses ‘vital process of reconciliation’ in Canada amid calls for apology over indigenous treatment

Wednesday 18 May 2022 10:00 , Kate Ng

Prince Charles has pledged to listen and learn from Canadians embarking on a process of reconciliation to “come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past”.

It comes after the couple faced calls from indigenous communities for the Queen to formally apologise for the treatment of indigenous people in education institutions.

Charles vows to learn from Canadians embarking on process of reconciliation

Charles and Camilla celebrate Canada’s culture during tour of country

Wednesday 18 May 2022 09:02 , Kate Ng

Prince Charles and Camilla are currently on a three-day tour of Canada in honour of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

On Wednesday, the royal couple celebrated the culture, crafts and people of Canada by pouring themselves pints of beer made from icebergs that were thousands of years old.

Read about their trip so far below:

Charles and Camilla celebrate Canada’s culture during tour of country

Wednesday 18 May 2022 08:56 , Kate Ng

Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog following the latest news about the Queen and the royal family ahead of the upcoming platinum jubilee.

Tune in to our liveblog again tomorrow

Tuesday 17 May 2022 20:30 , Kate Ng

That’s a wrap of our coverage today! Check back in tomorrow for more news and live updates about the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee celebrations.

When is the Platinum Jubilee?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 19:50 , Kate Ng

In case you’ve forgotten already, here are the details on when the platinum jubilee is:

When is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Barbie doll made in honour of the Queen sold out in three seconds

Tuesday 17 May 2022 18:50 , Kate Ng

A Barbie doll created in the likeness of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her platinum jubilee sold out in three seconds - and the dolls are now being sold for hundreds of pounds on eBay to avid royal collectors.

Kate Ng reports:

Barbie Queen made in honour of Platinum Jubilee sells out in three seconds

Untraditional artwork of the Queen to go on display for platinum jubilee

Tuesday 17 May 2022 17:50 , Kate Ng

Over 50 cutting-edge portraits of the Queen by urban, graffiti and contemporary artists are going on show to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

Her majesty has been hailed a “true icon” and a “cultural inspiration” by creatives as diverse as musician and graffiti artist Goldie and X-ray artists Ernesto Romano.

Find out more about the exhibition below:

Queen shown with sunglasses and tattoos in Jubilee exhibition

How old was the Queen when she became the Queen?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 16:44 , Kate Ng

The Queen’s platinum jubilee will mark her 70th year on the throne, the longest of any British monarch.

But when did Her Majesty take on the Crown? Joanna Whitehead explains:

How old was the Queen when she became the Queen?

What are the platinum jubilee beacons?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 15:45 , Laura Hampson

To mark the Queen’s historic milestone, platinum jubilee beacons will be lit across the UK and in Commonwealth nations.

Joanna Whitehead explains what the beacons represent and how you can take part:

What are the platinum jubilee beacons and how can I take part?

When was the Queen’s coronation?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 15:16 , Laura Hampson

It’s been 70 years since the Queen ascended the throne, but just 69 since she was coronated.

So why did it take just over a year between the Queen becoming the head of the royal family and her coronation occuring, and what did she wear to her coronation?

Joanna Whitehead has all of the answers here:

When was the Queen’s coronation?

Join The Independent’s Platinum Jubilee panel event this Thursday

Tuesday 17 May 2022 15:00 , Kate Ng

Join former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond to reflect on the Queen’s 70 incredible years on the throne at a Platinum Jubilee panel event run by The Independent on Thursday 17 May at 6.30pm.

The broadcaster and journalist will be joined by The Independent’s Associate Editor Sean O’Grady, Deputy Voices Editor Sunny Hundal and hosted by Deputy Lifestyle Editor Laura Hampson to explore the highs and lows of Her Majesty’s seven decades on the throne.

Find out more below:

Jennie Bond to look back at the Queen’s 70 years on the throne

What events will the Queen attend on the platinum jubilee weekend?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 14:15 , Laura Hampson

Despite the Queen’s recent public appearances over the weekend and today, the question of whether the 96-year-old will be fit to attend all the events is still up for debate due to her episodic mobility issues.

So, what events is Her Majesty expected to attend over the bank holiday weekend?

What events will the Queen attend on the platinum jubilee weekend?

Queen shows subtle support for Ukraine

Tuesday 17 May 2022 13:08 , Laura Hampson

The Queen has shown her own subtle support for Ukraine with her choice of clothing during her latest public appearance.

Making a surprise appearance at Paddington station on Tuesday morning to open the long-awaited Elizabeth line, Her Majesty wore a sunshine yellow coat, with a matching hat adorned with blue flowers.

Yellow and blue are the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Laura Hampson has the full report here:

Queen shows subtle support for Ukraine during surprise appearance

Queen makes surprise appearance at Paddington station to see Elizabeth line

Tuesday 17 May 2022 11:52 , Laura Hampson

The Queen has made a surprise appearance at Paddington Station to see the completed Elizabeth line today.

The 96-year-old monarch joins her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, for the official visit to the new London Underground line which is named in her honour.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told the PA news agency: “In a happy development, Her Majesty The Queen is attending today’s event to mark the completion of the Elizabeth line.

“Her Majesty was aware of the engagement and the organisers were informed of the possibility she may attend.”

Kate Ng has the full story here:

Queen makes surprise appearance at Paddington station to see Elizabeth Line

Prince Charles and Camilla set out for three-day tour in Canada

Tuesday 17 May 2022 10:36 , Kate Ng

Prince Charles and Camilla have embarked upon their three-day tour of Canada this week representing the Queen.

The trip, which will run from today, Tuesday 17 May, to Thursday 19 May, will focus on climate change, indigenous reconciliation and efforts to connect with the Canadian public.

Our reporter Joanna Whitehead has the full story:

Prince Charles and Camilla head to Canada on Commonwealth tour

Deck yourself out in Jubilee beauty from Aldi

Tuesday 17 May 2022 09:57 , Kate Ng

Aldi has launched a Jubilee beauty range for hardcore fans of Queen Elizabeth II who want to go all out for the Platinum Jubilee.

IndyBest writer Lauren Cunningham has all the details:

Aldi launches a Jubilee beauty range for all your royal celebrations

What events are taking place on the Platinum Jubilee weekend?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 08:39 , Kate Ng

As the Platinum Jubilee weekend draws closer, here are all the events that are scheduled so you can plan your weekend accordingly:

What events are scheduled during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 07:48 , Laura Hampson

The monarch’s birthday is celebrated on her actual date of birth in April, and also later on in the summer with a grand parade by Buckingham Palace.

This year, the Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour, will take place on 2 June instead of 11 June to coincide with Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

So why does the Queen celebrate two birthdays every year? Sabrina Barr has the answer:

Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Is it time for royal tours to end?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 06:27 , Laura Hampson

Following the backlash against the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s recent Caribbean tour, Emma Mackenzie asks whether the expensive trips should cease.

Read Mackenzie’s full analysis of the recent royal tours here:

It’s time for royal tours to end

Do we get an extra bank holiday in 2022?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 04:16 , Laura Hampson

The culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced the additional bank holiday in November 2020 and confirmed that the May bank holiday weekend would be moved to Thursday 2 June.

The Platinum Jubilee bank holiday will then take place the following day, on Friday 3 June, resulting in a four-day bank holiday weekend for the nation.

According to the Royal Family’s website, the bank holiday will “provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone”.

Read more here:

Do we get an extra bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Harry, Meghan and Andrew won’t join Queen on Buckingham Palace balcony

Tuesday 17 May 2022 02:08 , Laura Hampson

In case you missed it, earlier this month Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Andrew, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not join other members of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the Trooping the Colour parade.

The monarch’s decision to only include royals carrying out official public duties was taken “after careful consideration”, Buckingham Palace said.

Read the full report here:

The royals who won’t be joining the Queen for Jubilee balcony appearance

Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay during the Platinum Jubilee?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 00:56 , Laura Hampson

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed they will be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations along with their two children next month, one question remains: where will they stay?

Chelsea Ritschel investigates here:

Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay during Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

70 facts about the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

Monday 16 May 2022 23:04 , Laura Hampson

To celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone, Buckingham Palace has released 70 facts about the Queen to celebrate her seven-decade reign.

From becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history, to her first trip on the London Underground, and details from her wedding to Prince Philip, here are some things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth II.

70 facts about the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

How to make the Platinum Pudding

Monday 16 May 2022 21:34 , Laura Hampson

In need of some dessert inspiration? Why not try your hand at the newly-minted Platinum Pudding recipe?

Last Thursday, Jemma Melvin, a copywriter from Southport, Merseyside, was named the Platinum Pudding champion after her lemon and amaretti Swiss roll trifle was selected to be the official pudding for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Some 5,000 people aged between eight to 108 entered the national competition to commemorate the Queen’s 70-year reign.

If you’re keen to recreate the dessert yourself, make sure you set aside at least two hours. Here’s the complete recipe:

How to make the lemon trifle crowned Platinum Pudding for the Queen’s Jubilee

Barbie Queen sells out in seconds

Monday 16 May 2022 19:48 , Laura Hampson

In case you missed it, Barbie’s limited edition Queen Elizabeth Barbie doll, which was released in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee, sold out three seconds after it went on sale at John Lewis.

As Kate Ng writes: “The commemorative doll, which is priced at £94.99 at the retailer, is now being resold on eBay for as much as £1,000.

“Barbie unveiled the doll in April to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, which makes Her Majesty the longest-ruling monarch in British history.”

Read the full story here:

Barbie Queen made in honour of Platinum Jubilee sells out in three seconds

One in three Britons think the Queen should retire

Monday 16 May 2022 18:04 , Laura Hampson

A new YouGov survey has revealed a distinct shift in public opinion about whether the Queen should remain as head of state for the rest of her life.

For the past two years since the polling began, more than half of Britons thought Her Majesty should continue her reign until she dies, while only a quarter thought she should retire.

But the new survey showed an increase in the number of people who think the monarch should withdraw from the throne (34 per cent), while less than half (49 per cent) think she should continue working.

Kate Ng has the full report:

One in three Britons think the Queen should retire

Prince William travels to UAE to offer condolences

Monday 16 May 2022 17:30 , Laura Hampson

Prince William has travelled to the UAE to offer the Queen’s condolences following the death of the country’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It is the first time second-in-line William has been asked to pass on the monarch’s condolences following the death of a foreign head of state.

Sheikh Khalifa died on Friday at the age of 73 after years presiding over the country’s rapid transformation into a global business hub and regional power centre.

Read the full report here:

Prince William travels to UAE to offer Queen’s condolences after ruler’s death

The secret behind the Queen’s black handbag

Monday 16 May 2022 15:45 , Laura Hampson

The Queen is rarely seen without a black handbag - and it’s filled with all sorts of surprising items.

Her Majesty’s go-to is a patent top handle bag from Launer, a heritage British luxury handbag and leather small goods brand. The Queen reportedly owns more than 200 Launer bags and her favourite styles are the black leather Royale, black patent leather Traviata and a third custom handbag.

According to Phil Dampier, author of What’s in the Queen’s handbag: And other royal secrets, she carries all manner of things, including dog treats.

Read Kate Ng’s full report here:

The secret behind Queen Elizabeth’s black handbag

Prince Charles and Camilla to head to Canada this week

Monday 16 May 2022 14:35 , Laura Hampson

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will embark on a three-day tour of Canada this week as they represent the Queen in the Commonwealth nation.

The trip, which will run from Tuesday to Thursday, will focus on climate change, indigenous reconciliation and efforts to connect with the Canadian public.

The visit forms part of a series by senior royals to some of the 14 Commonwealth countries outside the UK where the Queen is also head of state.

Previous visits have not gone to plan, however, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Earl and Countess of Wessex facing protests in the Caribbean calling on the monarchy to apologise and pay reparations for its role in slavery throughout the region.

Joanna Whitehead has the full story:

Prince Charles and Camilla head to Canada on Commonwealth tour

Royal fans share delighted reactions as Queen celebrates Jubilee kick-off

Monday 16 May 2022 13:05 , Laura Hampson

Royal fans have taken to social media to share their delighted reactions at the Queen’s appearance at Windsor Castle on Sunday night.

The 96-year-old monarch attended “A Gallop Through History” as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which saw an all-star line-up including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Cruise and Katherine Jenkins.

Photos from the event show the Queen smiling as she watches the performance, and chatting to fellow spectators.

Fans of the monarch have reacted to the images on social media, with one writing: “It made my heart swell and eyes water to see her enjoying herself. We need to treasure these moments now.”

Laura Hampson reports:

Royal fans share delighted reactions as Queen celebrates Jubilee kick-off

What events are scheduled to take place for the Platinum Jubilee?

Monday 16 May 2022 12:15 , Laura Hampson

There are several events set to take place over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, including Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving, and the Platinum Party at the Palace.

Other events will include the Derby at Epson Downs, a Platinum Jubilee Pageant, and the Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Kate Ng has the full schedule here:

What events are scheduled during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

Experts to reflect on Queen’s seven decades on the throne

Monday 16 May 2022 11:26 , Laura Hampson

To celebrate the Queen’s 70th year as Britain’s monarch, Laura Hampson will speak to royal experts Jennie Bond and Sean O’Grady about Her Majesty’s most memorable moments, the biggest scandals she has faced, and how she redefined what it means to serve one’s country.

This virtual event will take place on Zoom on Thursday 19 May at 6.30pm.

For more information and to sign up for a free ticket click here.

You can find out more about the event here:

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: A look back at 70 incredible years

Tom Cruise commends Queen’s ‘tremendous dignity’

Monday 16 May 2022 11:09 , Laura Hampson

Tom Cruise has opened up about his involvement in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, saying that he admires her “tremendous dignity” and “devotion”.

The Top Gun star was just one of the celebrities present at the musical and theatrical event “A Gallop Through History” which took place at Windsor Castle on Sunday evening.

“She’s just a woman that I greatly admire. I think she is someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire her devotion,” he said.

Joanna Whitehead has the full story here:

Tom Cruise commends Queen’s ‘tremendous dignity’ as part of Jubilee celebration

Queen receives standing ovation at Platinum Jubilee show

Monday 16 May 2022 10:33 , Laura Hampson

The Queen received a standing ovation during a Platinum Jubilee show on Sunday evening.

As Joanna Whitehead reports, the 96-year-old monarch enjoyed a cast of entertainers , including Tom Cruise, Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis and Katherine Jenkins, as part of the musical and theatrical event “A Gallop Through History” closing the four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The Queen clearly enjoyed the show and at its finale, when her own horses and ponies were led around the open-air arena, appeared enthralled, beaming as the animals passed the royal box.

Read the full story here:

Queen receives standing ovation at Platinum Jubilee show

When is the Platinum Jubilee?

Monday 16 May 2022 10:29 , Laura Hampson

The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations are fast approaching, with Britons eagerly anticipating a four-day weekend next month.

The Platinum Jubilee marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne - an achievement Her Majesty reached on 6 February this year.

The bank holiday weekend will see four days of celebrations, with events including Trooping the Colour, a Platinum Jubilee concert, a pageant, and a Service of Thanksgiving.

The Jubilee celebrations will start on Thursday 2 June and end on Sunday 5 June.

Here’s everything you need to know about when the Jubilee is happening, as well as which members of the royal family will be in attendance:

When is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Monday 16 May 2022 10:24 , Laura Hampson

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog following all the latest news from the Queen as she prepares for the Platinum Jubilee.

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