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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.

With just two days to go until the bank holiday weekend starts, Britons have begun counting down until the festivities kick off, with many starting with beacon lightings on Thursday night.

While the Queen has made mostly virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, she has appeared at the Chelsea Flower show this week riding an electric buggy.

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.

Table of Contents

Key points

  • When is the Platinum Jubilee?

  • Queen to ‘miss Epsom Derby’ on platinum jubilee weekend

  • Prince Andrew expected to join Queen at Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

  • Royal family to share friendship, food and fun at jubilee lunches

Archbishop of Canterbury to miss Platinum Jubilee service

08:26 , Kate Ng

The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to miss the Platinum Jubilee service due to a positive Covid test and mild pneumonia.

Lambeth Palace said Justin Welby will not be preaching at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for the celebration later this week.

The archbishop said he was “deeply saddened” to be missing the service marking 70 years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II.

Zoe Tidman reports:

Archbishop of Canterbury to miss Platinum Jubilee service

08:23 , Kate Ng

Good morning, and welcome back to The Independent’s liveblog following the latest updates on the Queen and her platinum jubilee. Just under two days to go before the festivities get underway!

Monday 30 May 2022 18:45 , Saman Javed

That’s a wrap of our royal coverage today, check back in tomorrow as we begin our countdown to the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

What platinum jubilee events will the Queen attend?

Monday 30 May 2022 18:30 , Saman Javed

The platinum jubilee celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne are fast approaching.

However, the question of whether the 96-year-old monarch will be fit to attend all the events is still up for debate due to episodic mobility issues suffered by the Queen since autumn last year.

So, what events is Her Majesty expected to attend over the bank holiday weekend? Joanna Whitehead details everything we know so far:

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

What are the supermarket opening times over the platinum jubilee weekend?

Monday 30 May 2022 18:00 , Saman Javed

As Britons gear up to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee in a special four-day bank holiday at the end of this week, it’s worth noting that the festivities may require some extra planning.

This is because some supermarkets will operate reduced hours on bank holidays, so you may need to do your grocery shopping ahead of time.

Kate Ng has the full list of opening times here:

What are supermarket opening times on the platinum jubilee bank holiday?

How to throw a jubilee street party

Monday 30 May 2022 17:30 , Saman Javed

With 16,000 street parties set to take place up and down the country, you may be feeling inspired to throw your own.

Street parties are a historical fixture during times of celebration in the UK, with the first street parties taking place in 1919 after the First World War.

Earlier today, technology minister Chris Philp encouraged local councils to “show a bit of flexibility and pragmatism in support of Her Majesty’s Jubilee” and approve late applications for street parties where possible.

Fancy throwing your own party? Kate Ng has everything you need to know:

How to throw a jubilee street party

Who is your favourite member of the royal family?

Monday 30 May 2022 17:00 , Saman Javed

With just days to go until the Queen’s platinum jubilee, we want to know; do you have a favourite royal and if so, who?

We’ve listed all the main – living and adult – members of the royal family as it is at the moment, from the Queen to all 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 definitive ranking over the weekend, so pick your favourite, or let us know that you don’t have one by voting in our reader poll here:

Who’s your favourite member of the royal family?

More than 16,000 street parties planned for platinum jubilee weekend

Monday 30 May 2022 16:30 , Saman Javed

On 5 June, which also marks National Thank You Day, the public is being encouraged to host street parties as part of “The Big Jubilee Lunch”.

Council across the country have received a “huge number” of applications for residents who are keen to host a street party in their area, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

A snap poll of a dozen councils by the LGA showed it has approved more than 1,000 street parties so far.

Extrapolated across the country, the LGA estimates there could be more than 16,000 celebrations taking place.

Saman Javed has the details here:

More than 16,000 street parties planned for platinum jubilee weekend

England’s largest church bell will be rung at platinum jubilee service

Monday 30 May 2022 16:00 , Saman Javed

On Friday 3 June, royal family members will gather at St Paul’s Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign.

The service will include Bible readings, anthems, prayers and congregational hymns, as well as the ringing of Great Paul – the largest church bell in England.

The bell, housed in the cathedral’s southwest tower, weighs approximately 16.5 tonnes.

The service will mark the first time Great Paul has been rung during a royal event after it was repaired in 2018.

Saman Javed has the full story here:

England’s largest church bell will be rung at platinum jubilee service

Greene King pubs now giving away pints for free

Monday 30 May 2022 15:30 , Saman Javed

One of the UK’s biggest pub chains is now offering free pints of its IPA beer to kick off the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

Greene King previously announced that it would sell pints at 6p, which is the same price an average pint cost during the Queen’s 1952 coronation.

It has now changed its offer, choosing to forgo the 6p price tag altogether. For one day only, staff at more than 400 pubs will be pulling pints free of charge for anyone who uses the secret code word “1952” at the bar.

Joanna Whitehead has the update:

This pub chain is giving away free pints today for the platinum jubilee

Which platinum jubilee events will Prince Andrew take part in?

Monday 30 May 2022 15:00 , Saman Javed

There has been much speculation about which events the Duke of York will attend this weekend.

Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties in 2019, and was stripped of his honorary military titles and patronages earlier this year.

In February, he paid an undisclosed sum out of court to settle a civil sexual assault case brought against him in the US by Virginia Giuffre. The duke has continuously denied all claims levied against him.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Andrew will not appear on the balcony during the Royal Air Forces flypast because the line-up has been limited to working members of the royal family.

Kate Ng has the full details here:

Which platinum jubilee events will Prince Andrew take part in?

Queen’s beloved corgi breed surges in popularity nationwide

Monday 30 May 2022 14:30 , Saman Javed

The Queen’s favourite dog breed, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has surged in popularity in the past year, according to new figures from The Kennel Club (TKC).

1,223 corgis were registered in 2021, which is the highest annual figure in nearly three decades.

TKC said the increase in popularity was spurred by the corgi breed’s starring role in the Netflix TV series, The Crown.

Olivia Petter has the details:

Queen’s beloved corgi breed surges in popularity nationwide

Archbishop of Canterbury tests positive for Covid-19

Monday 30 May 2022 13:55 , Saman Javed

The Archbishop of Canterbury has tested positive for Covid-19, and will therefore miss the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3 June.

Archbishop Justin Welby was diagnosed with mild pneumonia last week and has continued to carry out work, but developed symptoms for Covid-19 over the weekend.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, will preach Friday’s sermon instead.

PA

Who will appear on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour flypast?

Monday 30 May 2022 13:30 , Saman Javed

The Queen’s “official” birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, is taking place on Thursday 2 June.

The annual event sees soldiers, musicians and horses parade down The Mall in London, before the royal family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to a Royal Air Forces flypast.

Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace announced that only working members of the royal family would join the monarch on the balcony. This means that the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be present.

Saman Javed has the full list of all the royal family members who are expected to appear:

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022: Who will be on the balcony during Trooping the Colour?

What events are scheduled to take place this bank holiday weekend?

Monday 30 May 2022 13:00 , Saman Javed

The Queen is set to celebrate her historic reign with a four-day spectacle, including a Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a party at Buckingham Palace and her birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.

Kate Ng has the full details here:

What events are scheduled during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

How to make the official platinum jubilee pudding

Monday 30 May 2022 12:30 , Saman Javed

A lemon and amaretti Swiss roll trifle is the official pudding for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee after beating thousands of entries in a competition to find a new royal dessert.

Created by Jemma Melvin, a copywriter from Southport, the dessert takes inspiration from the lemon posset served at the Queen’s 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

The trifle is made with layers of lemon curd and custard, St Clement’s jelly, a mandarin coulis made with tinned mandarins, amaretti biscuits, whipped cream and finished with a jewelled chocolate bark.

Fancy making your own? Joanna Whitehead has the full recipe here:

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

Treat yourself to a 6p pint today

Monday 30 May 2022 12:00 , Saman Javed

In celebration of the longest reign in British history, one of the UK’s biggest pub chains is offering pints of its IPA beer for just 6p.

For today only, Greene King staff will be pulling pints across its 408 sites at the bargain price, which is the same as an average pint cost during the Queen’s 1952 coronation.

Anyone visiting a Greene King Local Pub or a Flaming Grill site will be able to claim a pint of Greene King’s IPA for just IPA by using the secret code word “1952” at the bar.

Joanna Whitehead has the details here:

This pub chain is serving 6p pints for the platinum jubilee – here’s how to get one

Which events will Harry and Meghan attend?

Monday 30 May 2022 11:30 , Saman Javed

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to return to the UK this week with their children, Archie and Lilibet, to attend the celebrations.

It will mark the first time the Sussex family has returned to the UK since Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020.

While the Sussexes have not confirmed their schedule for the weekend, Saman Javed has the lowdown on everything we know about their visit so far and the events they will reportedly attend:

Queen’s platinum jubilee: Which events will Harry and Meghan attend?

Sunny spells and warm temperatures set for bank holiday weekend

Monday 30 May 2022 11:16 , Saman Javed

It’s good news for those planning street parties and other outdoor events, with the Met Office predicting that there will be “sunny spells” and warmer temperatures.

The unsettled and unseasonably cool start to the week – with some areas seeing below-freezing temperatures on Monday morning – will gradually give way to drier, brighter and warmer weather in time for the long weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Richard Miles told the PA: “It’s fine and dry rather than major sunshine, but good sunny spells. Most people should see a bit of sunshine.”

Miles said those planning to be outdoors should be prepared for all weather eventualities.

“You’d be unlucky if you had to use the umbrella, but take one just in case, because you can never know. You’re more likely to need the sunglasses than the umbrella,” he added.

Most of the UK will enjoy fine and dry conditions with sunny spells on Thursday and Friday, with some areas basking in “plenty of sunshine”, the Met Office said. However, those in central and northern England could see some rain.

“On Saturday and Sunday it’s looking quite settled, with most places seeing quite a bit of fine and dry weather again, with a risk of showers this time in the south east and east coast, maybe,” Miles said.

“It’s looking OK; good dry weather with some sunny spells.”

PA

Boris Johnson shares tribute to the Queen

Monday 30 May 2022 11:00 , Saman Javed

Boris Johnson has called on the British public to “rejoice” and celebrate the “love, devotion and leadership” of the Queen, describing Her Majesty as “Elizabeth the Great”.

Jubilee bank holiday tube strike has been cancelled

Monday 30 May 2022 10:38 , Saman Javed

A planned strike at two London Underground stations over the Jubilee bank holiday has been cancelled.

Around 80 staff at Euston and Green Park were due to stage a walkout on Friday 3 June, causing the stations to potentially shut over the busy long weekend.

But the industrial action has been halted following successful talks between the RMT union and London Underground chiefs.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m pleased that the RMT has suspended their industrial action on 3 June. This good news ensures everyone will be able to make the most of the events in the capital throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrating Her Majesty’s service to our country.

“This demonstrates the importance of unions working with employers to find solutions. I hope TfL and the RMT can continue to work together on the issues raised.”

Helen Coffey has the details:

Jubilee bank holiday tube strike cancelled

The number of women working past 50 has increased during Queen’s reign

Monday 30 May 2022 10:00 , Saman Javed

The number of women aged 50 and over either in work or looking for jobs has increased by millions in the 70 years since the Queen has been on the throne, according to new research.

While there were 1.3 million women in the age group working or looking for employment in 1952, the figure has increased to 5.1 million now, researchers at Rest Less said.

Read the full story here:

Number of women working past 50 shows big increase during Queen’s reign

The Queen’s popularity is her greatest asset — so what will the firm do once she’s gone?

Monday 30 May 2022 09:30 , Kate Ng

With the Queen’s approval ratings consistently at levels politicians could only ever dream of, we’ve taken a closer look at how the monarch has remained so beloved for 70 years.

Emma Mackenzie has the details:

The Queen’s popularity is her greatest asset — so what will happen once she’s gone?

Culture minister urges councils to show ‘a little bit of flexibility’ for late street party applications

Monday 30 May 2022 09:00 , Kate Ng

A culture minister has urged councils to show “a little bit of flexibility” when it comes to issuing licenses for street parties to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Chris Philp was asked on Sky News about councils warning the public against hosting unauthorised platinum jubilee street celebrations.

Philp said: “I think it is fantastic we are celebrating the Queen’s jubilee, and I would just say to local councils around the country, including mine in Croydon, if you do get a late application, and maybe the deadline has technically passed, I would just say to the councils to show a little bit of flexibility, show a little bit of willingness to accommodate people.

“And if you are at all able to, you know, please do grant these requests, even if they are maybe technically after the deadline.”

PA

Royal family to share friendship, food and fun at jubilee lunches

Monday 30 May 2022 08:45 , Kate Ng

Members of the royal family are to share friendship, food and fun at special lunches to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will meet guests at a feast at The Oval cricket ground in south London, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex will join members of the local community in Windsor.

Find out more below:

Royal family to share friendship, food and fun at jubilee lunches

Coronation maid of honour gown and pageboy outfit go on display in Co Fermanagh

Monday 30 May 2022 08:30 , Saman Javed

Two original outfits worn at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 have been rediscovered from storage.

The gown worn by a maid of honour, Lady Moyra Campbell, and an ensemble worn by Lord Erne are set to go on display at Enniskillen Castle in Northern Ireland.

The outfits are being provided by Lady Campbell and Lord Erne’s families, who have carefully preserved the garments.

Read the full story here:

Coronation maid of honour gown and pageboy outfit go on display in Co Fermanagh

Monday 30 May 2022 08:00 , Saman Javed

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

Sunday 29 May 2022 16:54 , Laura Hampson

That’s a wrap of our royal coverage today, check back in tomorrow as we begin our countdown to the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Ed Sheeran to pay tribute to Prince Philip during jubilee pageant

Sunday 29 May 2022 15:33 , Laura Hampson

Ed Sheeran is to perform his love song “Perfect” at the Jubilee Pageant in a special moving tribute to the Queen and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

At the finale of the carnival procession through the streets of London on Sunday, ahead of the National Anthem, the star will sing the hit romantic ballad as footage featuring images of the Queen and Philip fills the giant screens around the stage.

Find out more information here:

Ed Sheeran to pay tribute to Prince Philip during jubilee pageant

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

Sunday 29 May 2022 14:47 , Laura Hampson

With the Queen thought to be missing the Epsom Derby next weekend, which events will she be attending?

Joanna Whitehead has the run-down here:

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

Queen to ‘miss Epsom Derby’ on platinum jubilee weekend

Sunday 29 May 2022 13:32 , Laura Hampson

The Queen is no longer planning to attend the Epsom Derby during her platinum jubilee weekend.

The 96-year-old monarch is said to want to pace herself during her milestone celebrations, with her daughter the Princess Royal representing her at the racecourse instead, The Sunday Times reported.

However, Buckingham Palace declined to comment, saying Her Majesty’s attendance (or lack thereof) won’t be confirmed until the day-of.

Read the full story here:

Queen to ‘miss Epsom Derby’ on platinum jubilee weekend

In 2018 the Queen sat front row at London Fashion Week

Sunday 29 May 2022 11:53 , Laura Hampson

As part of the Royal Family Twitter account countdown to the platinum jubilee, today they have shared a photo of the Queen from 2018.

It sees Her Majesty seated next to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour during the Richard Quinn show, where the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design was awarded to Quinn.

How to make the ‘Platinum Pudding’

Sunday 29 May 2022 10:38 , Laura Hampson

In preperation for the Queen’s platinum jubilee next weekend, it’s probably time you started thinking about buying in the ingredients to make the official “Platinum Pudding”.

Jemma Melvin’s lemon trifle creation took the crown during the BBC special earlier this month, and you can find the full recipe for the moreish trifle here:

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

Johnson praises Queen

Sunday 29 May 2022 09:36 , Laura Hampson

No monarch has ever served their country as well as the Queen, the Prime Minister has said ahead of her platinum jubilee.

Boris Johnson hailed her leadership, wisdom and lifelong service at home and abroad as the world prepares to celebrate her 70-year reign.

In a personal message, he said: “This week the good people of the United Kingdom will pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, honouring her exemplary service, celebrating both the institution of the Crown and the exceptional individual who wears it.”

You can read Johnson’s full message here:

Johnson praises Queen saying ‘no monarch has served the country so well’

Sunday 29 May 2022 08:53 , Laura Hampson

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

Saturday 28 May 2022 18:04 , Laura Hampson

That’s a wrap of our jubilee coverage today. Please tune in again tomorrow morning for further updates on the Queen and the wider royal family.

How to get a 6p pint ahead of the platinum jubilee

Saturday 28 May 2022 17:18 , Laura Hampson

In case you missed it, Greene King is selling pints at its pubs nationwide for just 6p in the lead-up to the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

On Monday 30 May only, Greene King staff will be pulling pints across its 408 sites at the bargain price, which is the same as an average pint cost during the Queen’s 1952 coronation.

Anyone visiting a Greene King Local Pub or a Flaming Grill site will be able to claim a pint of Greene King’s IPA for just IPA by using the secret code word “1952” at the bar.

Joanna Whitehead has the full story:

This pub chain is serving 6p pints for the platinum jubilee – here’s how to get one

Prince William leads Trooping the Colour rehearsal ahead of bank holiday weekend

Saturday 28 May 2022 16:37 , Laura Hampson

The Duke of Cambridge has led a dress rehearsal in London today for the Trooping the Colour parade ahead of next week’s celebrations.

The colour of the Irish Guards will be trooped at this year’s event and Prince William, as Colonel of the Regiment, led the full dress rehearsal at Horse Guards Parade on Saturday.

William, on horseback, oversaw the 90-minute rehearsal for the annual military spectacle which will this year kick off the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations during the long bank holiday weekend.

Laura Hampson has the full report:

Prince William leads Trooping the Colour rehearsal ahead of bank holiday weekend

Queen takes Scottish break ahead of platinum jubilee weekend

Saturday 28 May 2022 15:43 , Laura Hampson

The Queen has travelled to Balmoral for a short break ahead of platinum jubilee celebrations which begin next week.

The monarch has attended a number of high-profile engagements in recent weeks and it is understood the head of state is now pacing herself before the national events start.

In past years the Queen has usually visited her private Scottish home at the start of the summer and it is understood she arrived at her highland retreat on Thursday.

Read the full report here:

Queen takes Scottish break ahead of platinum jubilee weekend

Student designer of Jubilee emblem says seeing it everywhere is a ‘pleasure’

Saturday 28 May 2022 14:26 , Laura Hampson

The student who designed the official platinum jubilee emblem has said it is a “pleasure” to see his creation on everything from London buses to chocolate bars and coins.

Graphic design student Edward Roberts, from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, also said he feels “honoured” to have been invited to the official celebrations on the bank holiday weekend.

The 19-year-old’s design was selected as the winning entry in The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition, run by the Victoria & Albert Museum in conjunction with Buckingham Palace.

Read the full report here:

Student designer of Jubilee emblem says seeing it everywhere is a ‘pleasure’

What will the weather be like for the platinum jubilee weekend?

Saturday 28 May 2022 13:47 , Laura Hampson

The UK is set to bask in sunshine at the start of the weekend but cooler, more unsettled weather will take over ahead of the Jubilee weekend, forecasters have said.

With all eyes on the forecast for the four-day bank holiday, the Met Office said that while there is still “plenty of detail to work out”, a showery start could make way for finer, warmer conditions for the celebrations.

The sunny weather enjoyed by many on Friday is set to last until Saturday for most, according to the Met Office.

Read more here:

Sunny Saturday to give way to mixed weather ahead of Jubilee

Jubilee fund worth £3 million announced to improve 125 village halls

Saturday 28 May 2022 12:58 , Laura Hampson

A new £3 million fund to upgrade and renovate England’s village halls has been announced by the Government to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Over a three-year period, the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund will provide money for projects such as installing wifi, extending buildings and modernising facilities.

Find out more here:

Jubilee fund worth £3 million announced to improve 125 village halls

More than 16,000 street parties planned for platinum jubilee weekend

Saturday 28 May 2022 12:04 , Laura Hampson

More than 16,000 street parties are set to take place across England in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee next month.

The 96-year-old monarch will celebrate 70 years on the throne with a four-day weekend of festivities, beginning on 2 June.

The four-day spectacle will include a Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a Platinum Party at the Palace and the Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.

Saman Javed has the full report:

More than 16,000 street parties planned for platinum jubilee weekend

Who’s your favourite member of the royal family?

Saturday 28 May 2022 11:36 , Laura Hampson

Have you voted in our new poll yet?

The Independent is asking our readers which royal family member is their favourite, and we would love to know what you think.

Are you a devoted fan of Her Majesty? A sucker for Kate Middleton’s fashion sense? Find out how to vote here:

Who’s your favourite member of the royal family?

Where will Meghan and Harry stay during the Queen’s jubilee?

Saturday 28 May 2022 10:25 , Laura Hampson

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to return to the UK on an official visit next week for the first time since they stepped down as senior members of the royal family, there’s one question we’ve all been asking: Where will they stay?

Chelsea Ritschel has the answer:

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

Kate makes nod to Meghan and Harry during garden party

Saturday 28 May 2022 09:12 , Laura Hampson

In case you missed it, Kate Middleton appeared to make a nod to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a garden party she attended at Buckingham Palace this week.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a similar style of headwear that she wore to the Sussex’s wedding in 2018.

Harry and Meghan are expected to head to the UK with their two children, Archie and Lilibet, to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee next week.

Saman Javed reports:

Kate Middleton makes nod to Meghan and Harry during Queen’s garden party

Saturday 28 May 2022 08:36 , Laura Hampson

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the Queen, the royal family and the platinum jubilee.

Friday 27 May 2022 18:30 , Kate Ng

Thanks for joining us today! See you tomorrow when we return to bring you the latest updates on the Queen and the royal family as the platinum jubilee weekend quickly approaches.

POLL: Who’s your favourite member of the royal family?

Friday 27 May 2022 17:30 , Kate Ng

There are just days to go until the Queen’s platinum jubilee and whether you’re spending the upcoming Bank Holiday being patriotic or will be avoiding all union jacks, we want to know; do you have a favourite royal and if so, who?

Have your say in the poll below:

Who’s your favourite member of the royal family?

What the royal family have said about The Crown

Friday 27 May 2022 16:30 , Kate Ng

While we’re big fans of Netflix’s The Crown over here, the royal family aren’t so keen on the highly-popular series about, well, themselves.

In September 2019, palace officials actually released a statement making it clear that the royal family has nothing to do with how its members are portrayed in The Crown.

Culture reporter Ellie Muir takes a look at everything the royal family has said about the series:

What members of the royal family think of The Crown

Score a royal bargain for platinum jubilee

Friday 27 May 2022 15:30 , Kate Ng

As Britons prepare to spend the four-day platinum jubilee weekend marking the Queen’s 70th year on the throne, restaurants, supermarket and food delivery services have launched special deals and discounts to help the nation celebrate.

To help you get the most royal bang for your buck, we;’ve rounded up food and drink offers and giveaways that are launching in the coming days.

All the food and drink deals over the platinum jubilee bank holiday

Queen travels to Balmoral ahead of platinum jubilee celebrations

Friday 27 May 2022 14:44 , Kate Ng

The Queen has travelled to Balmoral for a short break ahead of the platinum jubilee celebrations which begin next week.

The monarch has attended a number of high-profile engagements in recent weeks and it is understood she is now pacing herself before the national events start.

It is understood the Queen arrived at her private Scottish home on Thursday. She usually visits Scotland at this time of year.

PA

Hopes London’s £80m Jubilee celebrations will kickstart economic recovery

Friday 27 May 2022 14:30 , Kate Ng

Celebrations taking place in London’s West End to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee could be worth £80m and kickstart the economic recovery of the entire UK, according to new research.

Joanna Whitehead reports:

Hopes London’s £80m Jubilee celebrations will kickstart economic recovery

WATCH: 6 things to know about the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Friday 27 May 2022 13:30 , Kate Ng

Although she is the first monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II isn’t the first royal to celebrate landmark dates in style.

Since George III in 1809, monarchs have been commemorated in a variety of different ways, including with parties, pageants and world tours.

Watch our latest IndyTV to discover six things about the royals and their jubilees, ahead of the Queen’s June celebrations:

6 things to know about the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Trooping the Colour: How is the Queen celebrating her platinum jubilee?

Friday 27 May 2022 12:30 , Kate Ng

On Thursday 2 June, the Queen will celebrate her “official” birthday with a military parade.

The annual celebration, known as Trooping the Colour, is held on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace. It will mark the start of an extended bank holiday weekend full of events to honour the Queen for her platinum jubilee.

Here’s everything you need to know about Trooping the Colour this year:

Trooping the Colour 2022: How is the Queen celebrating and who will join?

Meghan Markle made a surprise visit to Uvalde following school shooting

Friday 27 May 2022 11:30 , Kate Ng

Meghan Markle is being commended for her dedication to helping others after she visited Uvalde, Texas, to donate food to a community centre and pay her respects to the 19 children and two adults killed in Tuesday’s elementary school shooting.

On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed laying a bouquet of flowers outside a makeshift memorial of white crosses bearing the names of the victims of the school shooting.

Chelsea Ritschel reports:

Meghan Markle commended for surprise visit to Uvalde school shooting memorial

Why does the Queen love corgis so much?

Friday 27 May 2022 10:30 , Kate Ng

For over eight decades, from 1933 to 2018, Queen Elizabeth II has owned at least one corgi – a dog breed that has become as synonymous with Her Majesty as Buckingham Palace.

Learn more about the Queen’s history with the big-eared, short-legged pooches:

The Queen and her corgis: Why the monarch is so fond of the breed

Prince Andrew expected to join Queen at Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

Friday 27 May 2022 09:45 , Kate Ng

Prince Andrew is expected to join the Queen at her Service of Thanksgiving scheduled to take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3 June.

The event, which will take place on day two of the monarch’s four-day platinum jubilee celebrations, will mark the largest gathering of the royal family since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018.

Prince Andrew expected to join Queen at Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

Thousands of newly-planted trees dedicated to Queen for platinum jubilee

Friday 27 May 2022 09:30 , Kate Ng

More than 12,000 trees planted to help “re-nature” the South Downs National Park have been dedicated to the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

The trees have been planted at 30 sites across Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Find out more below:

Thousands of newly-planted trees dedicated to Queen for Platinum Jubilee

Portrait of Queen painted by robot unveiled

Friday 27 May 2022 08:30 , Kate Ng

A portrait of the Queen painted by a humanoid robot artist has been unveiled in celebration of the platinum jubilee.

The painting, titled Algorithm Queen, is an abstract, multi-dimensional portrait of the monarch, painted by Ai-Da, an artificial intelligence robot — named after 18th century mathematician and scientist Ada Lovelace, who is considered to be the first computer programmer.

Ellie Muir reports:

A robot called Ai-Da has painted a portrait of the Queen to celebrate the Jubilee

Unseen footage shows glimpse of ‘fun behind the formality’ of the Queen’s life

Friday 27 May 2022 07:44 , Kate Ng

The Queen will allow the world to see touching glimpses of “the fun behind the formality” of her royal life in home movies that have been released for the first time.

The clips, which span her life from being a baby pushed in a pram by her mother to her coronation in 1953 at the age of 27, come as she is set to celebrate her platinum jubilee.

Find out what to expect from the upcoming BBC documentary, Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen:

Unseen footage shows glimpse of ‘fun behind the formality’ of the Queen’s life

Friday 27 May 2022 07:43 , Kate Ng

Good morning, and welcome back to The Independent’s liveblog following the latest updates about the Queen and the royal family. The big platinum jubilee weekend is now just under a week away.

Thursday 26 May 2022 18:30 , Kate Ng

Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of the Queen and the royal family today. Come back tomorrow when we continue to bring you the latest updates in the run-up to the platinum jubilee weekend.

‘Make Elizabeth the last’ anti-monarchy campaigners urge ahead of platinum jubilee

Thursday 26 May 2022 17:30 , Kate Ng

An anti-monarchy pressure group has plastered billboards across the country urging ‘Make Elizabeth the last’ ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week.

Above the faces of Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Charles, the advert says #AbolishtheMonarchy.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain reports:

‘Make Elizabeth the last’ anti-monarchy campaigners urge ahead of platinum jubilee

Why does the Queen love corgis so much?

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:30 , Kate Ng

For over eight decades, from 1933 to 2018, Queen Elizabeth II has owned at least one corgi – a dog breed that has become as synonymous with Her Majesty as Buckingham Palace.

But where did it all begin? Rachel Burchfield delves deep:

The Queen and her corgis: Why the monarch is so fond of the breed

12 fascinating things we learned from royal experts ahead of the platinum jubilee

Thursday 26 May 2022 15:30 , Kate Ng

Royal expert Sean O’Grady was joined by former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond during an event for The Independent last week, where the pair spoke about the highs and lows of the royal family.

Deputy Lifestyle Editor Laura Hampson, who hosted the event, reveals all the things we learned from our panellists:

The monarchy could have ‘disappeared’ if Charles was already King

When are the Jubilee bank holidays? The full list for 2022

Thursday 26 May 2022 14:30 , Kate Ng

Mark your calendars if you haven’t already:

When are the Jubilee bank holidays? The full list for 2022

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

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:30 , Kate Ng

The Queen’s former chef, Darren McGrady, has drawn back the curtain and revealed Her Majesty’s private dining habits, having previously spoken about her preferred drinks.

In his book “Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen”, McGrady revealed the Queen’s dining preferences, her favourite meals and the things she is not a fan of on the dinner table.

Find out what Her Majesty’s preferences are below:

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

Royal corgi revealed as platinum jubilee emoji

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:07 , Kate Ng

The royal family’s Platinum Jubilee emoji has been unveiled – a crown-wearing corgi called PJ.

The cartoon image of the cheerful dog – the Queen’s favourite breed – appeared on the monarchy’s official Twitter account, with the message: “Meet PJ the corgi, our Jubilee emoji!”

Find out more about PJ below:

Royal corgi revealed as platinum jubilee emoji

Aldi has turned the Queen into a carrot for the platinum jubilee

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:30 , Kate Ng

Kevin the carrot, Aldi’s famous mascot, has featured in many a Christmas advert, with its giant toys becoming quite the sellout. And now, to mark the platinum jubilee, he’s back as a lookalike for Her Majesty.

Yes, you read that right, Kevin is now the Queen (not literally, of course) and is even donning a pretty purple dress, pearls and a crown. There are also a variety of other patriotic characters to get your hands on, including a Prince Charles lookalike and corgis!

IndyBest reporter Lauren Cunningham has all the details on how you can get your hands on these royal plushies:

Aldi has turned the Queen into a carrot for the royal jubilee

Kate Middleton reunites with Holocaust survivor

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:32 , Kate Ng

The Duchess of Cambridge has said she will “never forget” the story of a Holocaust survivor she met at a Buckingham Palace garden party.

Manfred Goldberg, 92, was one of the first guests Kate greeted on Wednesday as rain descended on the third garden party to take place at the palace this year.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting guests during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London (PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting guests during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London (PA)

She first met Goldberg in 2017 on a visit to Stutthof, the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where he spent eight months, and spoke to him by videolink last year.

“As she came along, she said, ‘Oh hello Manfred, how lovely to see you’,” said Goldberg, who works for the Holocaust Education Trust.

“She also thanked me for all the hard work I have been doing over the years, speaking to thousands of school children, mainly of A-level grades, who are old enough to really understand.

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“Then I complimented her on remembering our previous conversations years back. She said, ‘I will never forget’.

“So I think it made an impact. Yes, absolutely.”

Goldberg, who was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Kassell, Germany, was sent to a Nazi labour camp in Latvia at the age of 11.

In 1944, he was moved to Stutthof – where tens of thousands of Jews were murdered – and was set free days after his 15th birthday the following year.

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He met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the camp 72 years later, having a conversation that Kate later said “remained absolutely clear in my mind”.

Goldberg said: “They had never set foot in a concentration camp and they actually had the – I wouldn’t say foresight – but the clarity that they needed to speak to people who actually experienced it as it was then.

“There is a walk-through museum now… to an outsider it would still be cruel, but it has all been sanitised.

“The questions they asked us clarified to them how much worse it actually was.”

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It’s time for royal tours to end

Thursday 26 May 2022 10:30 , Kate Ng

In light of the troubles that recent royal tours have run into, Emma Mackenzie questions whether they should continue:

It’s time for royal tours to end

Boris Johnson to pay tribute to ‘remarkable’ Queen in Parliament address

Thursday 26 May 2022 09:30 , Kate Ng

Boris Johnson will pay tribute to the “remarkable” Queen in an address to Parliament ahead of her platinum jubilee.

The prime minister will say that the Queen’s length of service and dedication to duty are “without parallel” and will make his tribute while proposing a Humble Address in Parliament.

He will say: “Today we pay tribute to a head of state whose length of service and dedication to duty to are simply without parallel.

“The only monarch most of us in this country have ever known and the rock to which our nation and our people have been anchored throughout all that the past 70 years have thrown at us.”

He will add that the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will be “unabashed” in celebrating her.

“That is why next week the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will be unabashed in celebrating not the institution of the Crown but the individual who wears it,” he will tell parliament.

“This remarkable woman who by God and her right has led her country through good times and bad.

“Who has dedicated her life to her people, to her beloved Commonwealth, to the very idea of what a constitutional monarchy can and should be.”

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Charles laments ‘nightmare situation’ during visit to Ukraine refugee centre

Thursday 26 May 2022 08:35 , Kate Ng

The Prince of Wales has spoken out about the “nightmare situation” in Ukraine during a trip to Romania to meet refugees who have fled the war in their homeland.

Charles was joined by distant relative Margareta, head of the Romanian royal family, for the unannounced tour of a donation centre for refugees in the capital Bucharest.

Find out more about his visit below:

Charles laments ‘nightmare situation’ during visit to Ukraine refugee centre

Thursday 26 May 2022 08:31 , Kate Ng

Good morning, and welcome once again to our liveblog following all the latest updates on the Queen and members of the royal family as the platinum jubilee weekend approaches.

Wednesday 25 May 2022 18:30 , Kate Ng

That’s a wrap on our live coverage of the Queen and the royal family today. See you tomorrow, when we return to bring you further updates on the platinum jubilee weekend.

All the food and drink deals over the platinum jubilee bank holiday

Wednesday 25 May 2022 17:30 , Kate Ng

The platinum jubilee weekend will be packed with deals and discounts from food and drink retailers across the country.

From 25 per cent off instant grocery delivery to a competition where £500 vouchers are up for grabs, we’ve rounded up all the offers you could benefit from as the bank holiday approaches.

All the food and drink deals over the platinum jubilee bank holiday

Huge 70-ft ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture erected outside Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 25 May 2022 16:30 , Kate Ng

A tree-like structure measuring 70-feet high, with 350 native British trees adorning its “branches”, has been erected outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The huge sculpture was completed on Tuesday. It was designed by architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick, who said Her Majesty herself gave approval for the plans with a “big thumbs up”.

A team of workers add the final parts to the Queen's Green Canopy ahead of the Platinum Jubilee (Getty Images)

A team of workers add the final parts to the Queen’s Green Canopy ahead of the Platinum Jubilee (Getty Images)

To help complete the sculpture, junior foresters visited the palace and planted a batch of six-foot saplings in pots that had the monarch’s cypher embossed on them.

They also helped weave LED lights through the structure, which will serve as the principal beacon on the first evening of the bank holiday weekend.

A team of workers add the final parts to the Queen's Green Canopy ahead of the Platinum Jubilee (Getty Images)

A team of workers add the final parts to the Queen’s Green Canopy ahead of the Platinum Jubilee (Getty Images)

A massive team of hundreds of welders, arborists, engineers and fabricators have been working on the project, which Heatherwick said he designed in just one week.

Heatherwick told ITV News: “This sculpture acts like a beacon sending one simple, eternal message that trees are the superheroes of our towns and cities and matter much more to our lives than we realise.

Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Tree of Trees sculpture, part of the Queen's Green Canopy Project placed in front of Buckingham Palace, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee (AP)

Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Tree of Trees sculpture, part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project placed in front of Buckingham Palace, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee (AP)

“We need reminding [of] how much trees humanise the world around us and they can’t be taken for granted.

“The tree twists and spirals symbolically spraying an array of 350 baby trees towards their final homes across the country – a symbol of the much bigget initiative of planting.”

Wax figures of Harry and Meghan rejoin royal family at Madam Tussauds

Wednesday 25 May 2022 15:30 , Kate Ng

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have rejoined the royal family at Madame Tussauds to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Waxwork figures of the main family members have received a black tie makeover in preparation for the event marking the monarch’s 70-year reign on 5 June.

Wax figures of Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family at Madame Tussauds London ahead the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (PA)

Wax figures of Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family at Madame Tussauds London ahead the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (PA)

The reunion at the London attraction brings the Sussexes back together publicly with the family for the first time since their move to the US in 2020.

Meghan’s waxwork has been dressed in a red, caped Safiyaa gown, which she wore on one of her last royal engagements at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London in March 2020.

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The Queen’s waxwork, which is the 23rd of 24 created of the monarch by Madame Tussauds London across her 70-year reign, has been dressed in a recreation of the garment she wore in her official Diamond Jubilee portrait.

The white and silver lace dress is covered in 53,000 Swarovski elements, completed with a blue silk sash and topped off by a replica of the diamond and pearl George IV State Diadem.

Royal fans can also view the Royal Dress Collection that will be on display at Madame Tussauds London from 27 May, showcasing seven gowns that have graced some of the Queen’s 24 figures created during her 70-year reign.

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From Salad Queen to LamQueeni, all the jubilee-themed food you can buy

Wednesday 25 May 2022 14:30 , Kate Ng

Nothing says “70 years on the throne” quite like “Salad Queen” and “LamQueenie”, among countless other jubilee specials that have emerged to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign – the longest of any British monarch.

With the Queen’s big platinum jubilee weekend drawing ever closer, brands have released a plethora of royal-themed food and drink products to mark Her Majesty’s historic milestone. We’ve rounded them all up for your jubilee feasting needs:

From Salad Queen to LamQueeni, all the jubilee-themed food you can buy

70 fun facts about the Queen

Wednesday 25 May 2022 13:30 , Kate Ng

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

Which platinum jubilee events will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend?

Wednesday 25 May 2022 12:30 , Kate Ng

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations next week, you may be wondering which events they will be present for.

My colleague Saman Javed has the answers:

Queen’s platinum jubilee: Which events will Harry and Meghan attend?

Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay during the platinum jubilee?

Wednesday 25 May 2022 11:30 , Kate Ng

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

The scheduled June visit to the UK will mark the first time the 96-year-old monarch has met the couple’s daughter, Lilibet Diana, 11 months.

But where will the Sussexes stay when they are here? Chelsea Ritschel investigates:

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

Royal mint unveils largest-ever 15kg gold coin for Queen’s platinum jubilee

Wednesday 25 May 2022 10:30 , Kate Ng

The Royal Mint has created a 15kg gold coin in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The special coin, which is the largest to ever be produced in the mint’s 1,100-year history, has a diameter of 220cm.

Saman Javed reports:

Royal mint unveils largest-ever 15kg gold coin for Queen’s platinum jubilee

Queen is a ‘girl in pearls’ with a difference for new Country Life frontispiece

Wednesday 25 May 2022 09:30 , Kate Ng

The Queen has appeared as one of Country Life’s famous “girls in pearls” for the platinum jubilee, with a portrait collage made up of fragments of the sovereign at different stages of her life.

The artwork, entitled “Faces Of A Monarch”, has been created by artist James Vaulkhard for the 125-year-old magazine in honour of the head of state’s milestone.

Queen is a ‘girl in pearls’ with a difference for new Country Life frontispiece

Eurovision star Sam Ryder is ‘speechless’ about performing at the Queen’s jubilee concert

Wednesday 25 May 2022 08:48 , Kate Ng

Sam Ryder is “a bit speechless” about being selected as one of the acts to perform at the Queen’s platinum jubilee concert.

The Eurovision star –who represented the UK in the 2022 contest – has been celebrating ever since competing in Turin, Italy, where he came in second place with an impressive 466 points.

Culture Reporter Nicole Vassell has the full story:

Eurovision star Sam Ryder is ‘speechless’ about performing at the Jubilee concert

Wednesday 25 May 2022 08:38 , Kate Ng

Good morning, and welcome back to The Independent’s liveblog following all the latest updates on the Queen. Her Majesty’s big platinum jubilee weekend is imminent, and we will keep you in the loop as the celebrations draw nearer.

Tuesday 24 May 2022 18:30 , Kate Ng

Thank you for following our live coverage of the Queen’s platinum jubilee and all things related to the royal family today. Come back tomorrow to join us again as we continue to report in the lead-up to the big platinum jubilee weekend.

Prince William says awarding damehood to Deborah James was ‘amazing for her family’

Tuesday 24 May 2022 18:00 , Kate Ng

The Duke of Cambridge has spoken about the experience of giving Deborah James her Damehood, calling it “amazing”.

Prince William paid a visit to her at home earlier this month to present her with the award in person.

Olivia Petter reports:

Prince William says awarding damehood to Deborah James was ‘amazing for her family’

The Queen meets The Amir of Qatar

Tuesday 24 May 2022 17:54 , Laura Hampson

The Queen has met The Amir of Qatar this afternoon at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace tweeted.

How old was Her Majesty when she became the Queen?

Tuesday 24 May 2022 17:00 , Kate Ng

The platinum jubilee is a chance to reflect on the past 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the longest of any British monarch in history.

But when was the Queen crowned sovereign and how old was the Queen when she became the Queen? Here’s everything you need to know.

How old was the Queen when she became the Queen?

The best films and TV series about Queen Elizabeth II to watch on Netflix

Tuesday 24 May 2022 16:00 , Kate Ng

From Oscar-winning biopics to TV documentaries, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to depictions of HRH on screen.

Our Culture Reporter Louis Chilton has listed a handful of the best – and a couple of less conventional picks for any republicans out there looking for some alternative Jubilee messaging.

The best films and TV series about the Queen to watch on Netflix

How is the Queen celebrating her platinum jubilee and who will join?

Tuesday 24 May 2022 15:00 , Kate Ng

On Thursday 2 June, the Queen will celebrate her “official” birthday with a military parade. The annual celebration, known as Trooping the Colour, is held on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

The event will also include an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace from members of the royal family.

Saman Javed has everything you need to know about this year’s Trooping the Colour:

Trooping the Colour 2022: How is the Queen celebrating and who will join?

Which platinum jubilee events will Harry and Meghan attend?

Tuesday 24 May 2022 14:00 , Kate Ng

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they will be visiting the UK for the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations next month, along with their two children, Archie, 3, and baby daughter Lilibet.

It will mark the first time the Sussexes have returned to the UK with their children since they stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020.

Saman Javed has all the answers to your questions about which events they will be attending:

Queen’s platinum jubilee: Which events will Harry and Meghan attend?

Queen reacts to the John Ystumllyn rose being planted at Chelsea Flower Show

Tuesday 24 May 2022 13:00 , Kate Ng

Yesterday, the first rose named after a person from an ethnic minority background was planted at the RHS Chelsea Flower show.

Named after John Ystumllyn, who was one of the UK’s first Black gardeners in the 18th century, the yellow rose “represents the values of friendship and community”.

The Queen released a statement in response to the planting of the rose and said she was “pleased” about it.

Read her full statement below:

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

Tuesday 24 May 2022 12:00 , Kate Ng

Keen to raise a late-night toast to her majesty over the jubilee weekend? Depending on which part of the UK you’re in, you may well be in luck.

Joanna Whitehead has put together this handy guide for your pub planning needs:

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

Everything that happened at the Queen’s previous jubilees

Tuesday 24 May 2022 11:00 , Kate Ng

Over her decades-long reign, Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees in spectacular fashion, with plenty of events, pageants and tours to celebrate.

Find out more about how the monarch celebrated each milestone below:

Everything that happened at the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees

How to throw a jubilee street party

Tuesday 24 May 2022 10:00 , Kate Ng

Street parties are a traditional part of British celebrations, so why not throw one for the Queen’s platinum jubilee? Find out how to organise a royal bash below:

How to throw a jubilee street party

Queen tours Chelsea Flower show in electric buggy

Tuesday 24 May 2022 08:54 , Kate Ng

The Queen has made a surprise appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show in an electric buggy, delighting attendees as she toured the sprawling horticultural event while smiling from the mini vehicle.

In a statement to the BBC, Buckingham Palace said the royal’s attendance at the annual flower show came after “adjustments [had] been made for the Queen’s comfort”.

Chelsea Ritschel reports:

The Queen tours Chelsea Flower Show in a buggy

Tuesday 24 May 2022 08:41 , Kate Ng

Good morning, and welcome back to The Independent’s liveblog following all the royal coverage leading up to the Queen’s platinum jubilee weekend.

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

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