Jubilee – live: Queen makes statement to mark end of bank holiday celebrations

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The Queen made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the royal standard was raised above the residence.

Her appearance concluded the Platinum Jubilee pageant, which marked the end of the four-day special weekend.

On Sunday, horses led the the Queen’s Gold State Coach down The Mall as the Platinum Jubilee Pageant began.

A hologram of a young Queen during her 1953 coronation was projected onto the State Coach.

More than 10,000 performers took part in four different acts, each of which helped tell the story of the Queen’s historic 70-year reign.

Those taking part included people from the military, volunteers, theatre performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the general public.

The pageant also featured 150 “national treasures”, including celebrities such as Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Rosie Jones, Alan Titchmarsh, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, and Gary Lineker.

Crowds were treated to a special performance by Ed Sheeran, who sang his hit single, ‘Perfect’.

The pageant coincided with the Big Jubilee Lunch, with thousands of street parties taking place across the UK on Sunday.

Ten million people joined in on local events, BBQs and other community festivites to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Yesterday, Prince Charles paid a moving, personal tribute to the Queen at the Platinum Party at the Palace and thanked her for being there for the nation in good times and bad for 70 years.

The future king was joined by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and addressed the Queen, who remains head of state at the age of 96 despite her mobility problems, saying: “You pledged to serve your whole life – you continue to deliver.”

Amongst this weekend’s celebrations, the Queen did not attend the Epsom Derby and platinum jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, after experiencing “discomfort” following a busy first day of festivities on Thursday.

Key points

  • Queen makes statement to mark end of platinum jubilee weekend

  • Queen makes surprise balcony appearance during Platinum Pageant

  • Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis bake cakes ahead of Big Jubilee Lunch

  • Prince Charles and Camilla attend Big Jubilee Lunch

Dogs compete in ‘corgi derby’ for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

21:10 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

ICYMI- ‘Media coverage of the platinum jubilee makes me uncomfortable to work in this industry'

20:51 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

As a Black woman descended from enslaved African people, the likes of whom were branded with hot irons bearing the initials of royal family members, the past four days of wall-to-wall, uncritical responses to the jubilee have been a gaslighting experience, our race correspondent Nadine White writes.

Read more here:

Opinion: Race was off-limits in media coverage of the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Pippa Middleton is pregnant with her third child

20:38 , Laura Hampson

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are expecting their third child.

The younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge debuted her baby bump on Saturday night during the Party at the Palace, which was being held as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations.

Middleton and Matthews are already parents to three-year-old Arthur, and one-year-old Grace.

You can read the full report here:

Pippa Middleton is pregnant with her third child

Princess Eugenie’s son makes royal debut wearing Union Jack jumper

20:14 , Laura Hampson

Princess Eugenie’s son has made his first public appearance at the platinum jubilee pageant on Sunday.

August Brooksbank joined his parents and other members of the royal family in the royal box while watching the pageant, which was being held as part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

August, 1, is the only child of Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank.

You can find the full report here:

Princess Eugenie’s son makes royal debut wearing Union Jack jumper

Prince Louis steals the show again during platinum jubilee pageant

19:38 , Laura Hampson

Prince Louis has stolen the show once again during Sunday’s platinum jubilee pageant.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest child already won over crowds on Thursday during the RAF flypast, and he was back at it with his reactions to the pageant.

The four-year-old was spotted covering his mother, Kate Middleton’s, mouth on Sunday during the pageant, as well as sitting on his father, Prince William’s, and his grandfather, Prince Charles’, laps during the ceremony.

Laura Hampson has all the best reactions to the young royal here:

Prince Louis steals the show again during platinum jubilee pageant

Fans share emotional reactions to Queen’s surprise balcony appearance

19:05 , Laura Hampson

Royal fans were delighted to see the monarch make a final balcony appearance to mark the end of the weekend’s celebrations, with some even saying that it made them “emotional”.

“I did not think that The Queen coming out on the balcony would make me quite so emotional, what a beautiful moment,” one Twitter user wrote.

You can read more reactions here:

Fans share emotional reactions to Queen’s surprise balcony appearance

BREAKING: ‘My heart is with you all’: Queen makes statement to mark end of platinum jubilee

18:31 , Laura Hampson

The Queen has made a statement to mark the end of her platinum jubilee weekend.

“When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee,” the statement released by Buckingham Palace read.

You can read the statement in full here:

‘My heart is with you all’: Queen makes statement to mark end of platinum jubilee

Queen flanked by heirs as she makes final jubilee appearance

18:02 , Laura Hampson

The Queen was flanked by the three heirs to the throne as she made her final appearance during the platinum jubilee.

Making a surprise appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the platinum pageant, Her Majesty stood between Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George, who are first, second and third in line to the throne respectively.

The Queen saw a much smaller group of family members join her on the balcony on Sunday, compared with the Trooping the Colour parade on Thursday.

Laura Hampson has the full report:

Queen flanked by heirs as she makes final jubilee appearance

The Queen’s surprise balcony appearance — in pictures

17:27 , Laura Hampson

The Queen chatted to her family members during her surprise appearance on Buckingham Palace balcony this afternoon.

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She was accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Her Majesty was flanked by Charles, William and George, the three heirs to the throne.

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The Queen, who has been facing mobility issues, only stayed on the balcony for a few minutes before returning inside.

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The Queen has made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

17:08 , Saman Javed

The Queen has closed out the Platinum Jubilee Pageant with a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The monarch is dressed in an all-green ensemble, and is wearing her signature pearl necklaces.

She is joined by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and three of her great-grand children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Ed Sheeran closes Platinum Jubilee Pageant with performance of ‘Perfect'

17:04 , Saman Javed

Ed Sheeran is performing his hit single, “Perfect”, in front of Buckingham Palace.

The performance concludes the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, the last official event of the four-day celebration.

Queen set to make surprise appearance at pageant finale

16:56 , Saman Javed

The Queen is expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the royal standard was raised above the residence.

Jubilee Pageant displays so far

16:45 , Furvah Shah

Today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant has seen colourful performances and displays from its 10,000 participants.

From bhangra dancing to carnival-themed performances, the third act of the Pageant has been a showstopping event so far.

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More famous faces arrive at Jubilee Pageant

16:30 , Furvah Shah

Famous faces in British sport and culture have arrived at today’s Jubilee Pageant.

Stars such as Sir Mohamed Farah, Dame Kelly Holmes and Gok Wan are amongst attendees at the Pageant running across The Mall towards Buckingham Palace.

The celebrities waved at the crowds below from the top of a jubilee-themed double decker bus.

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Prince Louis pulls more funny faces at Jubilee Pageant

16:15 , Furvah Shah

Prince Louis is yet again entertaining audiences as he pulls funny faces during today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

The young prince, aged four, sits alongside his mother, Kate Middleton, and older siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

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Celebrities spotted on jubilee buses

16:05 , Furvah Shah

Many famous famous have been spotted at today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Celebrities such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Chris Eubank and Sir Cliff Richard waved to crowds down below from jubilee-themed double decker buses as they rode down The Mall.

Charlotte Tilbury also made an appearance, as her brand - Charlotte Tilbury Beauty - is the Official Beauty Partner of today’s Jubilee Pageant at all.

Erin O'Connor, Kate Moss, Charlotte Tilbury and Naomi Campbell wave at attendees (Getty Images)
Erin O'Connor, Kate Moss, Charlotte Tilbury and Naomi Campbell wave at attendees (Getty Images)
Catherine Jenkins, Chris Eubank, Giles Terera and Cliff Richard ride a bus along The Mall (Getty Images)
Catherine Jenkins, Chris Eubank, Giles Terera and Cliff Richard ride a bus along The Mall (Getty Images)
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Red Arrows fly past cancelled

15:55 , Furvah Shah

The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows fly past today for the platinum jubilee has been cancelled due to bad weather.

Third act of Pageant underway

15:45 , Furvah Shah

The third act of today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant is now underway.

The act, titled ‘Let’s Celebrate’, tells the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign and pays homage to her service and dedication.

So far, it has featured a performative dance routine including a large dragon puppet managed by multiple puppeteers.

Prince Louis steals show at Jubilee Pageant

15:35 , Furvah Shah

Prince Louis, four, is in attendance of today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant alongside his father, Prince William, mother, Kate Middleton and siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Much like during Thursday’s celebrations, the young prince has amused audiences as he put his head in his hands during the show.

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More footage of young Queen hologram on Gold State Coach

15:25 , Furvah Shah

As a part of today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a hologram of the Queen aged 25 at the 1953 coronation was projected onto the Gold State Coach as it was paraded through central London.

Hologram of young Queen projected onto Gold State Coach

15:20 , Furvah Shah

A hologram of a young Queen was projected onto the Gold State Coach as it travelled through the Platinum Jubilee Pageant today.

While the Queen herself is not currectly in attendance at today’s pageant, footage of her from coronation in 1953 was cast onto the historic coach.

Attendees could see the images of the young monarch waving from the backseat of the coach, and Prince Charles stood up as the coach passed by at the pageant that brings the platinum jubilee celebrations to a close.

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Boris Johnson, Carrie Johnson and Keir Starmer arrive at pageant

15:05 , Furvah Shah

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken his seat at today’s jubilee pageant, alongside wife Carrie Johnson.

Labour leader Keir Starmer is also in attendance at the celebration in front of Buckingham Palace, London on the fourth and final day of jubilee festivities.

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Today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant kicked off at 2.30pm and will involve 10,000 participants and performances from Ed Sheeran and other famous faces.

Prince William, Kate Middleton arrive with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

15:00 , Saman Javed

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have joined their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the royal box to watch the pageant.

Kate is dressed in a long-sleeved, form-fitting fuchsia pink dress, while Prince William is wearing a classic black suit.

Charlotte looks sweet in a cream coat with peter pan collar.

George is matching his father in a navy blue suit and Louis is dressed in a white button down, worn under a black coat.

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William and George are both wearing suits (AP)
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Prince Louis has a playful interaction with Mike Tindall, the husband of Zara Tindal (Getty Images)

Gold State Coach leads Platinum Jubilee Pageant down The Mall

14:43 , Saman Javed

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant has begun.

The Queen’s Gold State Coach is travelling along The Mall as members of the royal family, including the Prince of Wales, take their position to watch the spectacle.

Half of The King’s Troop, which is leading the procession, are women.

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The Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not attend the pageant, royal commentator says

14:40 , Saman Javed

The Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not expected to attend the Platinum Jubilee Pageant this afternoon.

According to royal commentator Omid Scobie, most senior members of the royal family will attend.

The public can expect to see the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are also set to attend, alongside their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank.

Some of the Queen’s great grandchildren will also be present, Scobie said.

Crowds line The Mall ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

14:25 , Saman Javed

Crowds have flocked to the capital in anticipation of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will conclude the four-day weekend.

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Doctor Who Daleks to feature in Platinum Jubilee Pageant

14:05 , Furvah Shah

Daleks from TV show Doctor Who will be amongst the participants at this afternoon’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London.

The sci-fi show villains will be in the company of more than 10,000 people in today’s pageant which is set to kick off at 2.30pm.

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Preparations for Platinum Jubilee Pageant underway

13:50 , Furvah Shah

Preparations for this afternoon’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant are underway as the final event for the Queen’s jubilee approaches.

Performers and participants are adding the final touches to their displays as crowds gather ahead of the show’s 2.30pm start time.

The pageant comprises of four acts that will tell the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign and the UK’s changing social landscape. It will involve more than 10,000 people from across the Commonwealth - including the military, more than 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers, and 2,500 members of the general public.

The show will feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard and Dame Shirley Bassey and will be aired from 1pm on BBC One.

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Best of today’s Big Jubilee Lunches

13:30 , Furvah Shah

Big Jubilee Lunches have been taking place up and down the country today, with an estimated 10 million people taking part in street parties, BBQs and other community celebrations for the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

In London, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are attending an event in Kennington while Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are visiting party-goers in Westminster.

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In other parts of the country, thousands attended a street party along The Long Walk in Windsor and people danced and enjoyed afternoon tea in Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie attend Big Jubilee Lunch

13:10 , Furvah Shah

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are attending a Big Jubilee Lunch in Westminster, London this afternoon.

The event was organised by Westminster council for local community groups and volunteers who had assisted during the Covid-19 pandemic at Paddington Recreation Grounds.

The princesses have been meeting with attendees, bowling and trying their hand at plate-spinning at the jubilee celebration.

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Platinum Party at the Palace most watched TV event of the year with 13 million viewers

12:50 , Furvah Shah

The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace has become the most-watched TV event of the year so far as it welcomed 13.3 million viewers at its peak.

The star-studded show outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday featured performances from Diana Ross, Queen with Adam Lambert and Duran Duran.

The event claimed a 74 per cent share of TV viewers on Saturday evening and the audiences favourite moment included the Queen sharing tea with Paddington Bear and tapping her spoon along to “We Will Rock You” by Queen.

Prince Charles and Camilla drink and cut cake at Big Jubilee Lunch

12:15 , Furvah Shah

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed champagne, canapés and cut a celebratory cake at a Big Jubilee Lunch in Oval, south London today.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended the large event at the Oval Cricket Ground, where they chatted with party-goers celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

They shared cheers with attendees and cut a large cake in one of many celebrations taking part across the UK today.

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It is estimated that at least 10 million people have taken part in the Big Jubilee Lunch.

How the Buckingham Palace balcony became key to royal family’s existence

12:05 , Furvah Shah

From royal weddings, war victory celebrations to Prince Louis covering his ears at the sound of the RAF fly-past, the Buckingham Palace balcony has acted as a precious connection to the royal family.

“This is the monarchy at their most visible,” says Professor Pauline MacLaren from the University of London’s Centre for the Study of Modern Monarchy. “But it is also them at their most strategic. Time and again down the years, they have used appearances there – with considerable shrewdness, it has to be said – to emphasise and maintain their place at the heart of the nation.”

Colin Drury collates the most iconic moments from the Buckingham Palace balcony here.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant: When is it and who is performing?

11:50 , Furvah Shah

To conclude this weekend’s festivities, a Platinum Jubilee Pageant is taking place today in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

The pageant comprises four acts to tell the story of the Queen’s reign and the UK’s changing social landscape.

More than 10,000 people from across the Commonwealth are involved in the pageant, including the military, more than 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers, and 2,500 members of the general public.

The show will feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard and Dame Shirley Bassey and will be aired from 1pm on BBC One.

Kate Ng has more details.

Prince Charles and Camilla attend Big Jubilee Lunch

11:30 , Furvah Shah

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are attending a Big Jubilee Lunch at the Oval Cricket Ground in London this morning.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are chatting with party-goers at the event - one of thousands taking place across the UK today.

A variety of elaborate cakes and party foods were on display at the event in south London.

It is thought that at least 10 million people will be joining in today’s Big Jubilee Lunch.

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Drones at jubilee celebration cause buzz

11:15 , Furvah Shah

Audiences were stunned by the use of drones at last night’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

A sky-sized corgi, pot and cup of tea and a purse were amongst the images displayed on the sky above Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Party at the Palace concert, alongside messages of thanks for the Queen.

Hundreds took to social media to commend the display, which they labelled “magical” and “superb,” as part of ongoing jubilee celebrations.

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Meghan Markle’s hairdresser reveals rare details about Archie and Lilibet

11:00 , Furvah Shah

George Northwood, hairdresser to the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed small details about the personalities of her children - Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

In an Instagram post, Norwood shared a series of photographs of Meghan from Friday - when she and Prince Harry attended the special Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral.

In the caption, he said: “So nostalgic and wonderful to be reunited Harry, Meghan and their family in the UK. Archie has grown to be the cutest, well mannered little boy and Lilibet is just beautiful.”

Saman Javed has the full story.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal show with concert reactions

10:40 , Furvah Shah

At last night’s Platinum Party at the Palace, Prince George and Princess Charlotte sat in attendance alongside their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

As the evening went on, the young royals stole the show as they laughed and sang along to the various musical performances and special features.

Most notably, the Queen partook in a pre-recorded sketch featuring her having tea with Paddington Bear - which the Cambridge children seemed to particularly enjoy.

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Charlotte and George at last night’s concert (Getty Images)
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The siblings laughed as they watched the show (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Saman Javed has the full story.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms threaten jubilee street parties

10:15 , Furvah Shah

Heavy, thundery showers are threatening to dampen Sunday’s celebrations for the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The Met Office issued futher severe weather warnings of thunderstorms covering much of England and Wales, which run from midnight on Sunday through to 6pm.

More than 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches in the UK today, while a further 10 million are expected to join the typically outdoor festivities.

Emily Atkinson has the full story.

George, Charlotte and Louis bake cakes for jubilee street party

10:05 , Furvah Shah

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared photos of their three children - Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four - baking cakes for street party goers in Cardiff.

Kate Middleton helped her children ice cakes ahead of the street party in the Welsh capital - one of many taking place up and down the country as a part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

The post is captioned: “Baking cakes for the local community in Cardiff to enjoy at a Platinum Jubilee street party taking place today! We hope you like them!”

Over ten million people across the UK are expected to take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch which is set to involve street parties, BBQs and other community celebrations.

Best tributes made to the Queen at Palace party

09:45 , Furvah Shah

At the Platinum Party at the Palace last night, celebrities, politicians and members of the royal family shared tributes to the Queen in celebration of her 70 years of service as monarch.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig thanked the Queen for her unwavering grace and said he “would follow her anywhere.”

Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, said: “I feel deeply honoured to have spent time with you over the years.”

Actress Dame Julie Andrews thanked the Queen for “dedicating herself” to the country and the Commonwealth.

Sports star Sir Mo Farah thanked the monarch for her services to “our country and our people” and and Emma Raducanu said Her Majesty has “remained calm at all times.”

Prince William took to the stage to address the climate crisis. He said: “Today, in 2022 - as The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee - the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent.

“But like her, I am an optimist. Decades for making the case for taking better care of our world, has meant that environmental issues are now at the top of the global agenda,” he continued.

“It’s my firm hope that my grandmother’s words are as true in 70 years’ time as they are tonight that as nations we come together in common cause, because then there is always room for hope.”

Prince Charles, accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, addressed the Queen as “Her Majesty” and “mummy”.

He said: “You laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us.”

Best moments from Party at the Palace performances

09:10 , Furvah Shah

The star-studded Platinum Party at the Palace saw famous faces from across the world come together to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.

From the greats such as Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Queen to fresh faces like Mabel and Ms Banks - performers brought out all the stops for their performances.

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Adam Lambert and Queen’s Brian May (REUTERS)
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Mabel (Getty Images)
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Duran Duran, Ms Banks and Nile Rodgers (PA)

The performances were well received by members of the royal family in the audience, with Prince William, Kate Middleton and children - George and Charlotte - waving union jack flags and singing along.

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Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William (Getty Images)
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Princess Charlotte and Prince George (REUTERS)

What happened on Friday for platinum jubilee celebrations?

08:30 , Furvah Shah

On Friday evening, the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace took place which saw stars such as Diana Ross, Queen with Adam Lambert and Duran Duran perform outside of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles took to the stage to pay a moving tribute to the Queen, who he addressed as “mummy”, and thank her for her 70 years of service as monarch.

Prince William also praised the Queen on-stage for her resilience and dedication to the climate crisis.

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The Epsom Derby also took place yesterday, which the Queen did not attend after experiencing “discomfort” following Thursday’s busy day of celebrations.

Princess Anne and other royals such as Zara Tindall were in attendance at the Derby.

What’s happening for the platinum jubilee today?

07:45 , Furvah Shah

To conclude the festivities of this historic weekend, a Platinum Jubilee Pageant organised by Buckingham Palace and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will take place today to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

Thousands of performers from across the UK and the Commonwealth will come together tell the story of the Queen’s time as monarch and the changing face of British society.

It will be broadcast live on the BBC from 1pm and on large screens around The Mall in London, Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and in Bute Park in Cardiff.

Also, over 60,000 people have registered to host a Big Jubilee Lunch with 10 million people across the UK expected to be joining in on street parties, BBQs and other community celebrations.

07:30 , Furvah Shah

Good morning and welcome to day four of The Independent’s live coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee celebrations!

Saturday 4 June 2022 23:09 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

We hope you enjoyed today’s Platinum Jubilee coverage! We will back tomorrow for the final day of this weekend’s celebrations.

Diana Ross closes the show

Saturday 4 June 2022 22:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Dianna Ross closes the show with her best hits as the crowd dance along to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

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Prince William praises Queen’s optimism as he urges action to protect climate

Saturday 4 June 2022 22:26 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke of Cambridge hailed the Platinum Jubilee concert as full of “optimism and joy” as he praised the Queen for her “hope” in the future of the planet.

Prince William paid tribute to the positive outlook of his grandmother during a segment of the Platinum Party at the Palace dedicated to the environment and featuring Sir David Attenborough.

He echoed the Queen’s words from her speech to the Cop26 UN Climate Change summit, when she said working together in a “common cause” always gave rise to hope.

Read more here:

Prince William praises Queen’s optimism as he urges action to protect climate

‘You have been there for us’: Charles pays tribute to ‘mummy’ the Queen

Saturday 4 June 2022 22:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Charles has delivered a touching speech for his mother’s 70 years of service to the country.

Standing alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles asked the crowd to cheer loudly enough for the Queen to hear 20 miles away in Windsor.

Heir to throne Charles, told how the Queen had laughed and cried along with the country through the decades, as he hailed her “lifetime of selfless service”.

The future king, who was joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, said, addressing the absent monarch, who remains head of state at the age of 96 despite her mobility problems: “You pledged to serve your whole life - you continue to deliver.”

Charles pays tribute to ‘mummy’ the Queen in jubilee concert speech

Prince Charles gives touching speech for his mother

Saturday 4 June 2022 22:12 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Charles delivers a speech at the party draws to a close.

He said: “You are the head of state, and you are also the mother.

“My papa would have enjoyed the show and joined us wholeheartedly in celebrating all your continue to do for your country and your people.

“Looking back, you will think of red boxes filled with gvvenemt papers at the end of the day.

“How things have changed, we think of all you who have done to make the commonwealth such an important cause of good. And there was still time for fun amidst the work.

“But I know what really gets my mother up in the morning. It’s all of you, ladies and gentlemen.

“All of you watching at home, represented tonight in this great audience.

“Your Majesty, you have been with us in our difficult times, and you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.

“You have met us and talked with us, you have laughed with us and cried with us. And most importantly, you have been there with us for these 70 years.”

Duran and Duran and Alicia Keys perform at tonight’s party at the Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 22:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

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Prince William makes moving speech about the planet

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:53 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince William makes an impassioned speech about the environment as he also honours his grandmother’s service.

“Our planet has become more fragile. Today, in 2022, as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent. But like her, I am an optimist.

“More and more businesses and politicians are answering the call, and perhaps, most inspiringly, the cause is being spearheaded by a united generation across the world.

“Congratutlations to all of them. They won’t accept the status-quo, they wont accept that change is too difficult to deliver.”

Sir David Attenborough pays tribute to Queen and natural world

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

“Today the natural world everywhere is changing and in retreat because of what we are doing to it,” Sir David said.

“But there is hope.

“We can if we wish begin to restore the natural planet.

“And the Queen and her family have been a crucial part in working for the conservbation of our green planet.”

Alicia Keys devotes her song to the Queen

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:43 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Alicia Keys sings ‘Girl on Fire’ in honour of the Queen and her 70 years of service to the country.

Dame Julie Andrews makes touching tribute to Her Majesty

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:36 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Dame Julie Andrews makes a touching tribute to the Majesty as she thanks her for Her service.

“You were so young when you ascended the throne,” the Sound of Music star said.

Dame Julie joined other actors and sporting legends Mo Farah and Emma Radacanu in honouring the Queen. e

Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis-Hill speak of their Olympic pride

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:33 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Athletes Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis-Hill told of their pride at representing the UK at the Olympics.

Diver Daley said: “When we see that flag going up the flagpole, we know that the whole country helped send us victorious.”

Ennis-Hill said it was a “priceless” feeling to have made the Queen feel proud.

It came after rapper and actor Doc Brown told of the country’s sporting achievements.

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Jubilee concert: George Ezra censors song lyric about dying during celebration of Queen

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:31 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

George Ezra censored his own song lyric about dying during his performance at the Queen’s platinum jubilee concert.

The musician performed his hit song “Green Green Grass” at the event, which took place outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday (4 June).

However, his fans noticed that the singer omitted the lyrics, in which he sings: “Green green grass, blue blue sky / You better throw a party on the day that I die.”

My colleague Jacob Stolworthy has more:

George Ezra censors own song lyric about dying during Queen’s Jubilee Concert

Twitter blown away by Bocelli

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:27 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Andrea Bocelli shows off stunning vocal range

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:24 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Andrea Bocelli gives an ethereal performance of Nessun Dorma while the sun sets over the Palace at tonight’s Jubilee celebrations.

Prince George smiles as crowd sing Sweet Caroline

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:20 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Duke and Duchess sing along to Sweet Caroline

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:19 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children could be seen singing along to Sir Rod Stewart’s performance of Sweet Caroline.

William and his son George sang the song from the royal box, as did Kate.

Welcomed to the stage as a “rock legend”, Sir Rod urged the crowd to join in as he performed.

He also sang Baby Jane.

George Ezra drops problematic lyric for Queen’s party

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:17 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

English singer and songwriter George Ezra performed songs Green Green Grass and Shotgun.

However, he appeared to drop the lyrics “on the day that I die” during the first performance.

The Duke of Cambridge was seen turning around and laughing in the royal box.

Ezra told the crowd it was “an honour” to play for them.

Rod Stewart sings Sweet Caroline

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Rod Stewart invites the crowd to sing along as he belts out Sweet Caroline.

Eurovision star takes the stage

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:06 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Eurovision star Sam Ryder performed his song Space Man as the crowd waved their hands in the air while flames and smoke were let off from the stage.

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal could be seen applauding, smiling and chatting after it ended.

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Royals enjoy the Party at the Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:04 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Here are some more photos of the Royal Family enjoying tonight’s celebrations.

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Lee Mack makes ad-libbed Boris Johnson Partygate joke during Jubilee concert

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:04 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jubilee concert: Lee Mack makes ad-libbed Boris Johnson Partygate joke during BBC ceremony

Saturday 4 June 2022 21:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Lee Mack made a joke at the expense of Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party during the Queen’s platinum jubilee concert

The comedian graced the stage after Queen + Adam Lambert finished their opening performance.

“We are here right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the party of a lifetime,” he said, adding: “I’ll tell you what – finally we can say the words ‘party’ and ‘gate’ and it’s a positive.”

My colleague Jacob Stolworthy has more:

Lee Mack makes ad-libbed Boris Johnson joke during Jubilee concert

Jason Donovan sings Any Dream Will Do

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:58 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jason Donovan sings Any Dream Will do from Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat for the Queen’s Jubilee party.

Jubilee concert: The Queen shows off ‘cute’ acting skills with Paddington skit for BBC concert

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:56 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen’s platinum jubilee concert, titled platinum Party at the Palace, kickstarted in heartwarming fashion.

As musicians including Alicia Keys and Georga Ezra prepared to perform at the BBC event, a pre-recorded segment was shown to viewers in which the Queen herself acted opposite Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishsaw.

In a similar vein to the segment she filmed alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond for the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012, this clip saw the Queen showcase her acting skills opposite the CGI character.

My colleague Jacob Stolworthy has more:

The Queen shows off ‘cute’ acting skills with Paddington skit for jubilee concert

Lion King steals the show

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:54 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The cast of the Lion King steal the audience’s hearts as they sing along to the ‘Circle of Life’.

Cast of Hamilton and Phantom of the Opera stun crowds

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:50 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A sensational performance by the cast of Hamilton has been followed by a number from the Phantom of the Opera for the Queen’s Party at the Palace.

A performance from the Lion King cast is to follow.

Andrew Lloyd Webber welcomes a string of musical stars

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber welcomes onstage a series of musical theatre stars.

He opens the act saying: “Your Majesty, your reign has outrun any theatre in history- an extraordinary achievement.”

British rapper Craig David performs at Queen’s Jubilee concert

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:42 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

“Congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen for her 70 years of service,” he said.

He then performed his songs Ain’t Giving Up, Re-Rewind and Fill Me In.

Rapper and singer Craig David opened his set by congratulating the Queen.

Twitter loves the Queen x Paddington sketch

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:39 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen has suprised the nation with her acting skills in an adorable sketch Her Majesty did with none other than Paddington.

Twitter has shown their appreciation to the Queen for her dedication to the skit:

Queen Elizabeth Shows Off ‘Cute’ Acting Skills With Paddington Skit For BBC Concert

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:36 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Diversity celebrates the best of British pop music

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:34 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

British dance group Diversity take the crowd through 70 years of British pop music.

The crowd dances and sings along to British favourites Spice Girls and One Direction.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth plays ‘We will rock you’ on a tea cup with Paddington for Jubilee party

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:26 , Kate Ng

Crowd cheers during the Queen’s sketch with Paddington

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:18 , Kate Ng

The Queen’s surprise sketch with Paddington Bear has gone down a treat with the audience at the Platinum Party at the Palace.

The comedy short sent the crowd into peals of laughter, and plenty of cheers when Her Majesty revealed she, like Paddington, kept a marmalade sandwich on her “for emergencies”.

Watch the reaction below:

Platinum Party at the Palace kicks off with surprise sketch of the Queen and Paddington Bear

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:09 , Kate Ng

The Queen has appeared in a surprise pre-recorded comic sketch with Paddington Bear at the start of the Jubilee concert.

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The duffle-coat wearing bear showed the Queen how he ensured he always had his favourite treat on him just in case, lifting up his red hat to reveal his snack.

The Queen responded by revealing “So do I” before opening her bag and declaring “I keep mine in here” to show her very own ready-made supply of the bread and orange preserve staple.

The Queen revealed she shares Paddington’s love of marmalade sandwiches and keeps an emergency stash in her trademark handbag.

The monarch and the famous bear - both much loved British institutions - then tapped out the beat of the We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups using silver spoons as a unique way of getting the celebrations under way.

Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join audience for Platinum Party at the Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 20:04 , Kate Ng

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now taken their seats in the audience for the Platinum Party at the Palace concert.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are joined by their two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George take their seats at the Platinum Party at the Palace (BBC)
Princess Charlotte and Prince George take their seats at the Platinum Party at the Palace (BBC)

Also in attendance is the Princess Royal, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice with their husbands.

Ministers arrive at Buckingham Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 19:52 , Kate Ng

Following Boris Johnson’s arrival, other ministers and politicians have made their way to Buckingham Palace for the concert.

Many have been seen taking selfies and videos - some more enthusiastically than others.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Home Secretary Priti Patel arrive at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace (REUTERS)
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Home Secretary Priti Patel arrive at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace (REUTERS)
(left) Wales's First Minister Mark Drakeford and wife Clare, Labour leader Keir Starmer and wife Victoria attend the Platinum Party at the Palace (PA)
(left) Wales's First Minister Mark Drakeford and wife Clare, Labour leader Keir Starmer and wife Victoria attend the Platinum Party at the Palace (PA)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband and current chief executive officer of the Scottish National Party Peter Murrel take their seats for the Platinum Party (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband and current chief executive officer of the Scottish National Party Peter Murrel take their seats for the Platinum Party (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attends the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace (REUTERS)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attends the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace (REUTERS)

Boris Johnson arrives at Platinum Party at the Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 19:37 , Kate Ng

The prime minister and his wife have arrived at Buckingham Palace for tonight’s concert.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace (REUTERS)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace (REUTERS)

It comes after Boris and Carrie Johnson attended the Queen’s Service of Thankgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

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The pair were greeted by the sound of boos and cheers from the crowds gathered outside the cathedral.

Who is performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace?

Saturday 4 June 2022 19:16 , Kate Ng

Need a refresher on who’s performing this evening? Look no further than Isobel Lewis’ explainer:

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

Harry and Meghan will not attend jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace with senior royals

Saturday 4 June 2022 19:02 , Kate Ng

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not attend the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday evening.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spent the day celebrating their daughter’s first birthday “privately” in Windsor.

Read the full report below:

Harry and Meghan will not attend jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace

All the patriotic outfits worn by members of the public at Buckingham Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 18:41 , Kate Ng

Royal fans have arrived at Buckingham Palace for tonight’s jubilee concert decked out in their most patriotic gear.

Here are some of the loudest, most patriotic looks to get you into the jubilee spirit ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace:

A lady watches a screen in St James's Park before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace (PA)
A lady watches a screen in St James's Park before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace (PA)
Royal fans arrives near Buckingham Palace (AP)
Royal fans arrives near Buckingham Palace (AP)
A royal fan with face paint and colored hair is seen prior to the Platinum Jubilee concert (AP)
A royal fan with face paint and colored hair is seen prior to the Platinum Jubilee concert (AP)
Members of the public on the Mall before the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace (PA)
Members of the public on the Mall before the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace (PA)
A member of the public wearing Union Jack glasses on the Mall (PA)
A member of the public wearing Union Jack glasses on the Mall (PA)
Members of the public on the Mall before the Platinum Party at the Palace (PA)
Members of the public on the Mall before the Platinum Party at the Palace (PA)
People take a selfie by The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palac (REUTERS)
People take a selfie by The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palac (REUTERS)

What time does the Platinum Jubilee concert start and how can I watch it?

Saturday 4 June 2022 18:15 , Kate Ng

The big Platinum Party at the Palace concert is nearly here.

Tom Murray has all the details on what time it starts and how you can watch it:

How to watch the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert

WATCH: Crowd sings ‘Sweet Caroline' in front of Buckingham Palace for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Saturday 4 June 2022 18:00 , Kate Ng

The waiting crowd in front of Buckingham Palace have broken into song as they wait for the concert to start.

Watch the video below to hear their rendition of “Sweet Caroline”.

Crowds gather in anticipation for Platinum Party at the Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 17:48 , Kate Ng

Scores of people are gathered outside Buckingham Palace in anticipation for this evening’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert.

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Large queues of people waiting to get into the venue have formed.

Ticket holders enter Green Park before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace (PA)
Ticket holders enter Green Park before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace (PA)

A couple who have been waiting several hours ahead of the event, David Hitchins and his wife, traveled to the capital from guildford in Surrey.

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Hitchins told the PA news agency: “I was gifted two tickets after I raised £25,000 for the NHS. We’re so excited to be here and I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved.”

The crowd arriving before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace (PA)
The crowd arriving before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace (PA)

American Shane, 32, from Austin, Texas, has also been waiting for the concert. He has lived in London for nearly four-and-a-half years.

He told the PA news agency that being in London over the Queen’s jubilee is a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

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He said: “Being from America this is something totally different - we would never get this. It feels like a country-wide holiday and to have such a sense of community in such a big place, it’s just incredible to embrace this moment.”

Kate Middleton made surprise visit to children’s hospital in London on Friday

Saturday 4 June 2022 17:31 , Kate Ng

The Duchess of Cambridge made an unexpected visit to a children’s hospital in central London on Friday night to meet those who were not able to celebrate the jubilee.

The Evelina Children’s Hospital wrote on Twitter: “We received a very special surprise last night! Our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, dropped in for a private visit to meet our patients, families and staff unable to join in the celebrations this weekend.”

A masked Kate was pictured next to the bed of a young child, who had tubes attached to their face.

Kate has been a patron of Evelina Children’s Hospital since 2018.

It is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and treats children with complex and rare conditions from birth into adulthood.

‘Does anybody want one of my ‘stuff the jubilee’ badges?'

Saturday 4 June 2022 17:15 , Kate Ng

Although many are celebrating the jubilee, some - such as The Independent’s managing editor Richard Best - are “gobsmacked by the fact that so many working-class people are still buying into this celebration of an anachronistic institution that, for me, cannot be separated from much of what is shameful about our country’s history”.

Read his op-ed about why he won’t be attending any jubilee street parties here:

Opinion: Does anybody want one of my ‘stuff the jubilee’ badges?

Corgi-mania as more than 70 of Queen’s favourite dog gather at Balmoral

Saturday 4 June 2022 17:00 , Kate Ng

More than 70 corgis have gathered on the lawn at Balmoral Castle as part of celebrations for the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The dogs, the Queen’s favourite breed, enjoyed a walk in the royal estate with their owners before posing for photos in the grounds.

Corgis Bradley and Hovis at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee (PA)
Corgis Bradley and Hovis at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee (PA)

The event in Aberdeenshire, organised by the Corgi Society of Scotland and the UK Corgi Club, brought together dozens of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis.

The Queen has owned more than 30 Corgis and Dorgis - a cross between a corgi and a dachshund - during her reign, most of which have been descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.

A corgi at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland (PA)
A corgi at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland (PA)

Hilary Greensill, a member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, said there was a “fantastic” atmosphere at the event on Saturday afternoon.

She said: “We have been to Balmoral before and with it being the platinum jubilee year, the estate approached us and suggested we might like to come back in the summer time.

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“It is a really nice opportunity to showcase the breeds and how much fun they are and help celebrate the platinum jubilee with dogs the Queen is fond of.”

She added: “It has been fantastic, very very jolly and noisy, lots of barking, and lots of fun.

70 corgis posed on the front lawn at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee (PA)
70 corgis posed on the front lawn at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee (PA)

“We have had the most glorious day and the sun has been shining down and that has made everyone really happy.”

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George Ezra can’t believe he is playing at tonight’s Jubilee concert

Saturday 4 June 2022 16:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

George Ezra has tweeted ahead of his performance at the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday night.

“Here’s something I never imagined myself saying... I’m playing at Buckingham Palace tonight for the Queen’s Jubilee!!” the musician wrote in a tweet.

Queen watching the derby in ‘comfy clothes’ at Windsor, Zara Tindall says

Saturday 4 June 2022 16:16 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen will be watching Epsom Derby Day at home in “comfy clothes”, her granddaughter Zara Tindall has said.

The monarch did not attend the major sporting event on Saturday, opting to view it on television from Windsor Castle, where she has been sent a souvenir race card to follow the action.

Zara arrived at the sold-out racecourse in Surrey alongside husband, former rugby player Mike, just before 1pm as part of a procession, which included her mother the Princess Royal and husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and brother Peter Phillips.

She said: “She will be watching on the TV - she has a few runners today dotted around the country, so she knows exactly what’s going on.

“She’ll just be sat on the sofa watching the TV. She’ll be in her comfy clothes.”

Peter was pictured with his girlfriend, who has been named in numerous reports as Lindsay Wallace, despite it being rare for the girlfriend of a member of the royal family to attend a high-profile event.

Crowds cheered and waved union flags as they made their way in to the course, with Anne seen smiling.

She appeared in the royal box while the national anthem was played by a band.

Afterwards, Anne could be seen waving and laughing, while thanking those around her for a warm welcome.

The princess was later given a painting of Dunfermline, the Queen’s winner of The Oaks race in 1977, as a gift to the monarch.

Peter, Zara and Mike could be seen on the balcony of the royal box during the second race of the day, though no celebrations took place after filly Bashkirova claimed victory.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lead tributes to Lilibet’s first birthday

Saturday 4 June 2022 16:00 , Kate Ng

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have led the royal tributes to Lilibet Mountbatten Windsor on her first birthday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter turns one on Saturday 4 June, on the third day of platinum jubilee celebrations in honour of the infant’s great grandmother, the Queen, whom she was named after.

Read the birthday wishes here:

Prince William and Kate lead tributes to Lilibet on first birthday

Princess Charlotte playfully attempts to conduct orchestra in Wales

Saturday 4 June 2022 15:45 , Kate Ng

Fans of Princess Charlotte have been delighted by her playful attempt at conducting an orchestra while on a visit to Cardiff Castle in Wales.

Watch the sweet video below:

Princess Charlotte playfully attempts to conduct orchestra in Wales

Princess Eugenie reveals new tattoo at service of thanksgiving

Saturday 4 June 2022 15:39 , Kate Ng

Princess Eugenie has revealed that she has a new tattoo.

The inking came to light in photographs taken at the service of thanksgiving held on Friday at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations.

Olivia Petter reports:

Princess Eugenie reveals new tattoo at service of thanksgiving

Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Northern Ireland for jubilee

Saturday 4 June 2022 15:00 , Kate Ng

The Earl and Countess of Wessex have visited Northern Ireland to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The couple first visited Belfast, where they joined members of the public at a 1950s-themed celebration on Royal Avenue in the city.

They met groups of performers, including the Belfast Busking Band, and heard stories of the city’s diverse communities over the last 70 years, which is explored through fashion, photography, music and dance.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex meet local children during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration in Belfast, Northern Ireland (REUTERS)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex meet local children during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration in Belfast, Northern Ireland (REUTERS)

Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II, also met older members of the local community, brought together by Age Friendly Belfast to share their memories and experiences.

Meanwhile, Sophie joined in with special platinum jubilee craft activities, making crowns and corgis with school children, before viewing a showcase of fashion through the ages.

The couple also tried a local delicacy, the Belfast Bap, and visited stalls at the retro jubilee market. They also watched a community dance group perform a routine that celebrates the last seven decades.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex watch a performance in Northern Ireland (PA)
The Earl and Countess of Wessex watch a performance in Northern Ireland (PA)

The royal couple then headed off to their second engagement of the day and travelled to Bangor, Co Down.

On the beachfront of Bangor, which has newly been awarded city status, the Earl and Countess of Wessex joined members of the public to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee at a vintage, seaside funfair.

Having viewed vehicles from the last 70 years, The Earl visited a 1950s pop-up diner, where he had was able to try his hand at pulling a pint of Guinness.

The Earl Wessex pours a pint of Guinness during a visit to Bangor, Northern Ireland (PA)
The Earl Wessex pours a pint of Guinness during a visit to Bangor, Northern Ireland (PA)

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This is the full lineup for Platinum Party at the Palace

Saturday 4 June 2022 14:45 , Kate Ng

The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday night promises to be a star-studded affair.

The official Twitter account for the royal family has released the full line-up for this evening’s concert:

Kate Middleton makes fashion statement in bright red coat at Cardiff Castle

Saturday 4 June 2022 14:30 , Kate Ng

The Duchess of Cambridge has turned heads in yet another brightly coloured ensemble during the platinum jubilee celebrations.

It’s not the first ensemble of the weekend that has delighted royal fans.

Olivia Petter reports on the details of Kate Middleton’s outfit:

Kate Middleton wears bright red coat at Cardiff Castle

Past and present jockeys who rode Queen’s horses dress in her colours

Saturday 4 June 2022 14:12 , Kate Ng

The Queen’s current and former jockeys have worn matching uniforms in Her Majesty’s colours at the Epsom Derby.

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The guard of honour, comprised of 40 retired and current jockeys, were set to greet the Queen at the race, but the monarch was unable to attend due to her mobility issues.

The group included Willie Carson, who rode Dunfermline, the Queen’s Oaks winner, in 1977, as well as John Reid, Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore and Hayley Turner, who were all dressed in the purple and gold silks.

Past and present jockeys who have ridden the Queen’s horses (John Walton/PA) (PA Wire)
Past and present jockeys who have ridden the Queen’s horses (John Walton/PA) (PA Wire)

The official Twitter account for the Epsom Downs Racecourse tweeted a video of the jockeys gathered together today and described it as “unreal”.

Click here to read the full blog on The Independent's website