Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Live: Monarch returns to Windsor ahead of Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Queen is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June with a four-day bank holiday weekend.
The weekend, which will start on Thursday June 2 and end on Sunday June 5, will see several events taking place involving members of the royal family.
These include Trooping the Colour, a Thanksgiving Service, Platinum Beacons, a Platinum Jubilee Contest and a Star-Studded Concert.
One day before the start of the bank holiday weekend, the Queen is back in Windsor after a short stay at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
While the Queen has made mainly virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, she appeared at the Chelsea Flower show this week aboard an electric buggy.
Buckingham Palace has said the Queen’s attendance at Jubilee weekend events is unlikely to be confirmed until D-Day.
Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the Queen as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
What is the Platinum Jubilee competition route and what time does it start?
A 10,000-person spectacle honoring the monarch is set to captivate the capital on Sunday June 5.
The Platinum Jubilee Competition, which will conclude the four days of festivities, is one of the main official events organized by Buckingham Palace and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Artists from across the UK and Commonwealth will tell the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign – the longest of any British monarch in history – and the changing face of British society.
Kate Ng has mapped out the competition route and where you can watch:
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Who will attend the Trooping the Color ceremony tomorrow?
Platinum Jubilee celebrations kick off on Thursday with the Queen’s ‘official’ birthday, which is marked by a military parade named Trooping the Colour.
During the parade, soldiers, musicians and horses will descend The Mall in London towards Buckingham Palace, and the streets will be filled with spectators.
The ‘official’ celebrations of the Queen’s birthday will be attended by all working members of the Royal Family and their children.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that 17 family members will join the Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be included in the lineup.
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Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson in London ahead of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson were pictured in London this week, having arrived ahead of the special UK bank holiday weekend.
Photographs of the pair taken on Tuesday showed Kardashian wearing a full Balenciaga outfit, complete with a cropped beige hoodie and shiny gold leggings that ended in point-toe boots.
Davidson, who recently lost his platinum blonde hair to match his girlfriend’s, wore a black hoodie under a quilted black jacket with dark green pants and white sneakers.
Some reports speculated that Kardashian and Davidson would be in London to meet other celebrities attending the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee parties.
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Who is your favorite member of the royal family?
With just one day left until the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we want to know; do you have a favorite royal and if so, which one?
We’ve listed every major member – living and adult – of the Royal Family as it currently stands, from the Queen to all of her grandchildren and spouses who are most regularly in the public eye, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
We’d like to give our readers the final rankings over the weekend, so pick your favorite, or let us know you don’t have one by voting in our reader poll here:
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Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon says he ‘totally respects’ the Queen as a person
Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon said he “totally respects” the Queen as a person, and is looking forward to her platinum jubilee celebrations this weekend.
The singer, whose band was famous for their anti-establishment lyrics, admitted he was ‘drawn to pageantry’ and praised the monarch’s ‘sense of dignity’.
The famous Sex Pistols song “God Save the Queen” was released over 40 years ago during the monarch’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, before being banned by the BBC.
Read the full story here:
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What are the words of the national anthem?
With Platinum Jubilee celebrations set to begin in less than a day, now is the time to get ready and learn the lyrics to the national anthem.
For those who usually just hum the patriotic song “God Save The Queen”, Jacob Stolworthy has the full lyrics here:
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Princess Eugenie pays sweet tribute to “granny”
Princess Eugenie has penned a tribute to her grandmother, the Queen, in honor of the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.
Eugenie, who is the daughter of the Duke of York, spoke about Her Majesty’s historic 70-year reign.
She also said she would like her one-year-old son August to have the best queen features when he grows up.
“70 years is really something, isn’t it? The Jubilee is a testament to a woman who transcended time and was that constant rock for so many when the world can feel so fragile,” Eugenie wrote.
Kate Ng has all the details:
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Meghan and Harry were the royal family’s last hope for a modern monarchy
As the Sussexes are set to return to the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we explored the potential that was lost when they decided to leave the business in 2020.
Emma Mackenzie take a closer look here:
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These are the opening hours of the supermarkets during the bank holiday weekend
As the nation prepares to celebrate the Queen’s historic milestone this weekend, it’s worth noting how the bank holiday could affect supermarket opening hours.
Many stores have reduced opening hours, so we recommend planning your shopping in advance.
Kate Ng has the full list of opening hours here:
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What Platinum Jubilee events take place and when?
Many festivities take place this weekend.
The celebrations will begin with the Trooping the Color ceremony and the lighting of the royal beacons on Thursday.
This will be followed by a thanksgiving service on Friday which the entire Royal Family, including the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expected to attend.
Over the weekend there is a Platinum Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace as well as a Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
Additionally, the public throws street parties, with over 15,000 planned across the UK.
Here is the full schedule of events taking place this weekend:
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