Jubilee event today live: Platinum Party at the Palace begins with surprise sketch of the Queen and Paddington

The Platinum Party of the Palace has begun with a surprise pre-recorded sketch featuring the Queen and Paddington bear.

Kicking off the performances is Queen + Adam Lambert with a rousing renditon of “We Will Rock You” – with the Queen joining in via teacup.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will miss the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday evening, as they celebrate their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday “privately” in Windsor.

Other royal family members are attending the star-studded performance including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal, and others will also be there.

Amongst this weekend’s celebrations, the Queen did not attend the Epsom Derby today after also missing the platinum jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that her Majesty watched the major sporting event on television at Windsor Castle, after experiencing a “discomfort” following a busy first day of festivities on Thursday.

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Queen said she remains ‘committed to serving’ the nation

The Queen has said she remains “committed to serving” the nation to “the best of my ability”, after she set the seal on her Platinum Jubilee celebrations by appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The 96-year-old monarch was absent for much of the extended Bank Holiday weekend, after finding the first day enjoyable but tiring, and in a message of thanks acknowledged this but said her “heart” had been with well-wishers.

The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the Big Lunch, estimated that up to 18 million people could have taken part in Jubilee street parties, and the Queen expressed her hope this “renewed sense of togetherness” would be felt for years to come.

After the outpouring of public affection during her balcony appearance, the Queen said she was “humbled and deeply touched” so many people had taken part in celebrations marking her 70-year reign.

Surrounded by her family, she was cheered by thousands of well-wishers after stepping on to the balcony following the Platinum Pageant, which told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

Smiling as she acknowledged the spectators, she looked down on The Mall where tens of thousands had waited in hopes of seeing her.

The Queen said later in her message: “When it comes to how to mark seventy 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.

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

“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain6 June 2022 02:00

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Family day out for Royals at Jubilee Pageant

It was a family day out like no other, with prime seats in the royal box, catching up with cousins ​​and clapping along to classic tunes.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was an afternoon of entertainment for members of the royal family, who all sat together alongside their siblings and cousins.

Prince Louis, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, moved around a little, cosying up to both his parents and his grandfather the Prince of Wales.

At one point, Charles rocked his four-year-old grandson from side to side on his lap.

Louis joined his big brother and sister, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in the royal box.

As George stood for part of the parade, he mirrored his father William, both adjusting the front of their jackets at the same time.

He was also spotted resting his head on his hand during the show.

Lasting two and a half hours, it was not surprising that restlessness may have set in for the younger spectators.

Zara Tindall watched the pageant with three-year-old daughter Lena on her lap, while her other daughter Mia, eight, sat on her father Mike’s lap and had her arm around his neck.

At one point, little Lena sat on her 11-year-old cousin Savannah Phillips’s lap.

Princess Eugenie could be seen bouncing her son August on her knee.

The one-year-old was wearing a jumper with a Union flag on the front.

Later, Eugenie posted pictures and videos on Instagram showing August, her husband Jack Brooksbank, and her view of the pageant.

Meanwhile, the Princess Royal, 71, looked happy as she sat next to her brother Charles and clapped along to Kool & The Gang’s Celebration.

Those joining the royal family included Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain6 June 2022 00:00

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Fans share emotional reactions to the Queen’s surprise balcony appearance

Her Majesty, who is celebrating her 70th year on the throne, made a surprise appearance to mark the end of the platinum jubilee alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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.

My colleague Laura Hampson has more here:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 23:00

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Kate Moss wears Union Jack blazer atop pageant bus days after Johnny Depp verdict

Moss was a witness for the Depp team during the six-week trial, where she stated that Depp did not push her down a flight of stairs during their relationship in the nineties, Laura Hampson writes.

During the three-minute video appearance, the 48-year-old denied that Depp had ever “pushed her in that way”.

Depp was awarded $ 10 million (£ 8 million) in compensatory damages and $ 5 million (£ 4 million) dollars in punitive damages by the jury, while Heard was awarded $ 2 million (£ 1.6 million) in compensatory damages.

On Sunday, for the platinum jubilee pageant to celebrate the Queen’s 70th year on the British throne, Moss rode atop a double decker bus with makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, and Bridgerton actor Phoebe Dynevor.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 22:00

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Future of monarchy shown on balcony with ‘magnificent seven’

It was a “magnificent seven” who surrounded the Queen at the Jubilee finale – the core members of the royal family who are shaping the monarchy.

Future king the Prince of Wales, and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, who was publicly backed this year by the monarch to one day use the title Queen, emerged with the head of state as she stepped onto the Buckingham Palace balcony.

There too were the next in line, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George.

And the Duchess of Cambridge, like Camilla a future Queen Consort, along with Princess Charlotte and little Prince Louis, the siblings a double helping of spares to the heir, writes Laura Elston.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 21:45

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Princess Eugenie shares video of son August waving at Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Princess Eugenie shares video of son August waving at Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 21:30

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Princess Eugenie thanks stars and organisers of Jubilee Pageant

Princess Eugenie has expressed her appreciation for all those who organized and took part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in an Instagram post.

The post includes a video of her son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank waving at those participating in the Pageant.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 21:20

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

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

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 21:10

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

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.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain5 June 2022 20:51

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Pippa Middleton is pregnant with her third child

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:

Laura Hampson5 June 2022 20:38

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