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Royal family news – live: Sussexes release photograph of daughter Lilibet after arriving in US


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a picture of their daughter Lilibet after celebrating her first birthday.

The photograph of Lilibet, who celebrated the occasion with family and close friends of the Sussexes at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor on Saturday, is understood to have been taken by family friend Misan Harriman.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child, born on 4 June 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

The couple have been “incredibly touched” by the birthday wishes that have flooded in for Lilibet.

More than 100,000 dollars (£79,800) in donations to the World Central Kitchen were made in her honour by people around the world, for which the Duke and Duchess have also expressed their gratitude.

It follows reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had returned to the US following a short trip to the UK for the jubilee celebrations.

The early departure means the Sussexes missed the finale of the festivities, which saw the Queen make a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the royal standard flag was raised above the residence during the pageant.


What platinum jubilee events will the Queen attend?

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:

Saman Javed30 May 2022 18:30


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

Saman Javed30 May 2022 18:45


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!


Archbishop of Canterbury to miss Platinum Jubilee service

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.


Queen’s beloved corgi breed surges in popularity nationwide

The Queen’s favourite dog breed, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has surged in popularity in the past year, new figures show.

According to data from The Kennel Club (TKC), there were 1,223 corigis registered in 2021, marking the highest annual figure in nearly 30 years.

Olivia Petter has all the details:


When is the jubilee bank holiday weekend?

In case you need yet another reminder, these are the dates for the platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend:


Everything that happened at the Queen’s previous jubilees

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.

Read up on everything that happened at her previous jubilees:


When will bins be collected over the bank holiday weekend?

The day of your bin collection over the Bank Holiday weekend will be decided by your local council.

There is no one-fits-all system in the UK for bin collections over the long weekend, so some households may have their bins collected later or earlier than the normal schedule.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain has the full report:

Laura Hampson31 May 2022 11:50


Queen’s Maid of Honour ‘overwhelmed’ at reunion with restored Coronation dress

One of the Maids of Honour at the Queen’s Coronation was stunned after being reunited with her dress which had “seemed to disintegrate in one’s hands” before its restoration.

The silk gown Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill wore on 2 June 1953 had suffered extreme sunlight exposure after years on display, causing the material to become “split and shattered”.

Here’s the full story on her reunion with the gown:

Laura Hampson31 May 2022 12:17


The accidental monarch: Charting 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II

As the Queen marks seven decades on the throne, Sean O’Grady says her reign has been one full of surprises.

You can read his analysis of Her Majesty’s reign here:

Laura Hampson31 May 2022 12:46


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