Queen Elizabeth news latest: Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee schedule REVEALED with bumper Bank Holiday weekend for Brits

Queen Elizabeth news latest: Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee schedule REVEALED with bumper Bank Holiday weekend for Brits

BRITS will be treated to a MASSIVE four-day Bank Holiday weekend during the summer to celebrate the Queen marking her Platinum Jubilee.

The four-day bonanza, which falls on the first weekend of June, is set to be bursting with treats from Her Majesty, 95, as she celebrates 70 years on the throne.

A huge national pudding competition will make up some of the celebrations, while thousands of jubilee lunches will be held to honour Britain's longest ever reigning monarch.

The May Bank Holiday Weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2 to fit in festivities. And the weekend will be extended with an extra day off on Friday, June 3.

Buckingham Palace said the extra long weekend will provide "an opportunity for communities throughout the United Kingdom to come together and celebrate the historic milestone".

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Platinum Jubilee programme (continued…)

    On Friday June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, before the star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday June 4.

    Performers are yet to be named but it is being billed as bringing together some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment.

    People across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday June 5, the final day of the bank holiday break.

    Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the long weekend.

    Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen’s reign in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see a River Of Hope – made up of 200 silk flags – make its way along the Mall.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Platinum Jubilee programme (continued…)

    Official Jubilee celebrations will begin on Monday when Fortnum & Mason launches the Platinum Pudding Competition to find a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Recipes will be judged by an expert panel including Dame Mary Berry.

    It is hoped it will serve as a long-lasting reminder, alongside the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, which will continue to plant new trees to present to her at the end of the year.

    From May 12 to 15, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will take the audience through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.

    More ceremonies are to take place later in the year, starting on Thursday June 2, the first day of the special four-day bank holiday, when the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will take place in Horse Guards Parade.

    On the same day, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Buckingham Palace unveils full Platinum Jubilee programme

    Buckingham Palace has unveiled the full programme of events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Celebrations will include the 95-year-old monarch opening her private estates to the public, and some of the world’s biggest stars performing outside Buckingham Palace.

    It is not clear which events the Queen will attend or take part in as she was ordered to rest by doctors in October last year following an overnight hospital stay for unspecified preliminary investigations.

    The bulk of the Jubilee duties are thought likely to be given to the rest of the royal family, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

    The Queen usually spends the anniversary of her accession privately at Sandringham.

  • Joseph Gamp

    William ‘reeling’ after Meghan claimed Kate made her cry in bridesmaid row

    PRINCE William was left “reeling” after sister-in-law Meghan Markle accused his wife of making her cry at a bridesmaid fitting. 

    The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell interview that the Duchess of Cambridge had made her cry and “really hurt” her feelings. 

    Tensions between Prince Harry and Prince William, along with their wives, had been reaching boiling point in the months after Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018 despite at first being known as the Fab Four.

    And initial reports claimed that Meghan had “left Kate in tears” over her demands for Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaids dress during a “stressful” fitting.

    Meghan, 40, then went on to claim the opposite had happened – accusing Kate of making her cry. 

    Now a royal source has told the Sunday Times that William, 39, was left “reeling” and his head was “all over the place” after Harry and Meghan made several allegations against his wife and family. 

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Which school and university did Kate Middleton go to?

    From the age of four, Kate went to St Andrew's School –  a private school in Berkshire – where in later years she boarded part-time.

    She then studied at Downe House and Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

    Kate took art history in Scotland at the University of St Andrews.

    It was while studying at university that she met her future husband Prince William in 2001.

  • Joseph Gamp

    How old is Kate Middleton?

    Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

    This currently makes the Duchess of Cambridge 40 years old, which she recently celebrated by releasing a selection of new portraits taken at Kew Gardens.

    Kate grew up in Berkshire with her family – her parents Michael and Carole Middleton, her brother James and sister Pippa.

    Kensington Palace confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge, along with her husband Prince William, had visited their nephew, Harry and Meghan's son, Archie, more than a week after he was born.

    Prince Harry and Meghan had already introduced him to his great-grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, along with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan's undisclosed sum is 'substantial' says spokesperson

    Meghan's spokesperson described the undisclosed sum for copyright infringement as "substantial" and said it would be donated to charity.

    They said the duchess was clear from the beginning that this case was primarily about the difference between right and wrong.

    The fact that Meghan won on privacy and copyright matters demonstrated the strength of both claims, they said.

    The spokesperson added that, after winning the case on a summary judgment, Meghan chose to recover the profit the paper had made from the letter, relating to copyright, rather than a financial remedy of damages regarding the privacy part of the case.

    The appeal judges' order said Associated Newspapers had agreed to pay the £1 nominal damages for misuse of private information, and the "confidential sum" for copyright infringement by January 7.

    Judges also said Associated Newspapers should pay £300,000 of the duchess's legal costs, on account, by the same date.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The Queen wishes Kate Middleton happy birthday 

    THE Queen has marked Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday by sharing her well wishes in a touching Instagram post.

    Shared on the official Royal Family account, the post included a series of touching photos of the monarch alongside her granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

    The message, likely to have been written by a member of the Queen’s social media team, read: “🎈Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!”

    The first image sees Her Majesty sat next to Kate on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee tour, sat together at Vernon Park in Nottingham in 2012.

    In the next image the two women can be seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 2016.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan to get just £1 from High Court privacy win

    THE Duchess of Sussex will get just £1 from her High Court privacy win.

    Meghan, 40, agreed to accept nominal damages from the Mail on Sunday.

    Last month, the newspaper was ruled to have invaded her privacy by publishing a 2018 letter the duchess sent to her dad Thomas Markle.

    Associated Newspapers will also pay a sum for infringing copyright and a large part of Meghan's £1.5million costs.

    In March, the High Court ruled in her favour after she sued. The Court of Appeal then rejected a bid by Associated to have the verdict overturned.

    Meghan, wed to Prince Harry, was forced to apologise to the court for forgetting emails used to brief the authors of biography Finding Freedom.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Princess Pinocchio tried to cancel me ..now I'm back like Lazarus

    PIERS MORGAN is many things but shy, modest, devoid of opinion and woke, he is not.

    Nine months after refusing to apologise to Meghan Markle, which saw him unceremoniously axed from Good Morning Britain, the star is back: Bigger, better, bolder and, now, uncensored.

    He launches his new, no-holdsbarred column in The Sun next week and, naturally, promises to have the last word on the mouthy Duchess of Sussex.

    He says: "The column is called Uncensored because it does what it says on the tin. Effectively I was censored at my previous job and told to apologise to Meghan Markle for an honestly held opinion, which obviously I wasn't going to do.

    "Pushy little Princess Pinocchio tried her utmost to cancel me, and she will be in for a very unpleasant surprise when I emerge, like Lazarus, from my den.

    "It was a pretty bruising experience when I so abruptly had to leave Good Morning Britain but the British public was almost universally on my side and I'm now working somewhere where I'm free to express my opinions.

    "People are sick of being told what to find funny, how to dress, what to drink, how to behave, what books they can read, what movies they can enjoy. The woke brigade have a narrow, humourless, draconian world-view, it's a form of fascism. But I believe the woke worm is turning and Sun readers are sick and tired of this nonsense.

    "I want to single-handedly lead the charge around the world to end cancel culture."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Schoolchildren invited to create designs for Jubilee flags

    Schoolchildren across the country have been invited to create a picture of their hopes for the planet over the next 70 years, and some of their designs will be put on to the flags.

    From July, three displays marking the Queen's accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at the official royal residences.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Platinum Jubilee programme (continued…)

    On Friday June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral, before the star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday June 4.

    Performers are yet to be named but it is being billed as bringing together some of the world's biggest names in entertainment.

    People across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday June 5, the final day of the bank holiday break.

    Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the long weekend.

    Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen's reign in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see a River Of Hope – made up of 200 silk flags – make its way along the Mall.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Platinum Jubilee programme (continued…)

    Official Jubilee celebrations will begin on Monday when Fortnum & Mason launches the Platinum Pudding Competition to find a dish to dedicate to the Queen's 70 years on the throne. Recipes will be judged by an expert panel including Dame Mary Berry.

    It is hoped it will serve as a long-lasting reminder, alongside the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, which will continue to plant new trees to present to her at the end of the year.

    From May 12 to 15, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will take the audience through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.

    More ceremonies are to take place later in the year, starting on Thursday June 2, the first day of the special four-day bank holiday, when the Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will take place in Horse Guards Parade.

    On the same day, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Buckingham Palace unveils full Platinum Jubilee programme

    Buckingham Palace has unveiled the full programme of events to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    Celebrations will include the 95-year-old monarch opening her private estates to the public, and some of the world's biggest stars performing outside Buckingham Palace.

    It is not clear which events the Queen will attend or take part in as she was ordered to rest by doctors in October last year following an overnight hospital stay for unspecified preliminary investigations.

    The bulk of the Jubilee duties are thought likely to be given to the rest of the royal family, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

    The Queen usually spends the anniversary of her accession privately at Sandringham.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Charles sends Kate birthday wishes

    Members of the Royal family, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, also publicly sent their best wishes to the duchess.

    A tweet sent from the Clarence House twitter account said: "Wishing the Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!"

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate thanks fans

    She also thanked Paolo Roversi and the National Portrait Gallery following the release of three portraits of her to mark her 40th year.

    The duchess added: "And to Paolo and the National Portrait Gallery for these three special portraits."

    She signed the tweet off, "C," for Catherine.

    Mr Roversi – a celebrated fashion photographer – took the pictures which will be shown in the community in Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey – all meaningful locations to the future queen – as part of the National Portrait Gallery's "Coming Home" exhibition ahead of its reopening next year.

    Photographing the duchess was a "moment of pure joy", Mr Roversi said.

    He added: "I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart.

    "It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate personally thanks fans for birthday wishes

    The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked supporters who have wished her a happy birthday.

    Kate, who turns 40 today, took to Twitter to personally thank everyone who had sent her messages on her birthday.

    It is rare for the duchess and her husband William to personally write their own tweets from the @KensingtonRoyal twitter page – with only one recent example of the duke telling the England football team they "can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves".

    Posting on the website, the duchess wrote: "Thank you for all of your very kind birthday wishes."

  • Louis Allwood

    'William was still furious'

    Prince William didn’t want to attend a memorial for Diana with Harry amid their ongoing rift, a royal source has claimed. 

    The Duke of Cambridge was reportedly still “furious” with his brother in the weeks before a statue was unveiled at Kensington Palace last year to mark their mother’s 60th birthday. 

    Both brothers had been warring with each other after Harry and wife Meghan chose to step down as senior royals. 

    It appeared the siblings had put aside their differences to honour Diana – although Harry reportedly left 20 minutes after sharing a glass of bubbly following the unveiling.

    Now a close pal has revealed that William did not want to go to the event with his brother. 

    They told the Sunday Times: “William was still furious. He had taken the view that he’d only give so much. He just didn’t want to go there [with Harry].” 

  • Louis Allwood

    Inside Prince Andrew’s £17m Swiss chalet

    Unseen snaps show its pool, living area and one of seven bedrooms.

    Another pricey touch is a £5,600 Ball Chair.

    The Duke of York, 61, faces soaring legal costs over sex assault claims, which he denies.

    With ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62, he paid £7million for the chalet in 2014.

    It is still registered in their names but they are said to have a buyer.

    A source said: “It’s one of the best properties in Verbier.

    "The attention to detail is painstaking.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Andrew ogled my breasts from car, says James Cracknell’s wife

    ROWING hero James Cracknell’s wife says Prince Andrew ogled her breasts.

    Financier Jordan Cracknell, who married the double-gold Olympian last year, claims she has had “two run-ins” with the Duke of York.

    And she supported Virginia Giuffre over her sex abuse legal action against the royal.

    Jordan, 36, told The Sun of a random encounter with him in London where she felt he was staring down her top as she cycled next to his car.

    Responding to a news article about Ms Giuffre’s US lawsuit against the prince, she wrote on Instagram: “Good move! She deserves her day in court. I’ve had two run ins with this guy. Massive ego.”

    American Jordan told The Sun: “I was riding my bike and I had this low-cut top on.

    “I was at the traffic lights near Hyde Park. You could kind of see down my shirt just as I was on my bike.

    “He was right at the lights and he had the window down and he’s just like looking down my shirt. I’m at the red light and there was this very odd moment when we kind of made eye contact and that was it.

    “He made no bones about not looking. It was during one of the lockdown summers, I can’t remember which.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate planted a sunflower in memory of our late son (Continued…)

    Their support made Stuie want to give back and in turn, his 5k May runs helped to give us all a focus during such a difficult time.

    He raised £18,500 for EACH and shortly after he completed his fundraising we received an email asking if we wanted to have a Zoom call with Kate and Camilla.

    It was a real shock and we were very nervous but they were really lovely. Kate had this ability to put us all at ease and was lovely.

    She listened as we talked about Fraser, Stuie’s fundraising and EACH – after Kate asked if she could plant a sunflower in her garden in memory of our son. 

    We were so touched that she wanted to honour him and she couldn’t have picked a better flower because like Fraser it was bright and colourful.  

    She sent that sunflower to Milton Hospice and we’ve since been able to bring it home to replant in our garden so that we have more ways to remember him each year.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate planted a sunflower in memory of our late son

    Carla Delf, 38, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    When my son Stuie, now 15, raced into our bedroom to tell us he was going to do some fundraising like Captain Sir Tom Moore, I must admit I laughed.

    I feel guilty about that now but at the time I worried about him being disappointed because I didn’t believe he would get the same level of support.

    He decided to run 5km each day in May last year in memory of his younger brother and best friend Fraser, nine, who died as a result of Coats Plus Syndrome four months earlier.

    Our son was diagnosed with the syndrome that affects the organs and brain one year prior and sadly, soon after, his health rapidly declined. 

    Throughout our heartache, there was assistance from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), who helped us out with accommodation and support.

  • Louis Allwood

    How Ghislaine Maxwell partied with missing woman’s boss

    MISSING Heidi Planck’s alleged fraudster boss partied with Jeffrey Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell at an Oscars party in Hollywood, The Sun can exclusively reveal. 

    Heidi, 39, vanished in highly suspicious circumstances after attending her 11-year-old son’s flag football game in Los Angeles on October 17. 

    Heidi’s ex-husband Jim Wayne – who was the first to report her missing – has previously claimed that cops are looking into her job as an accountant for Camden Capital managing partner Jason Sugarman as a main line of inquiry. 

    Sugarman is currently facing a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission over a scam in which he allegedly helped steal $43 million and left a Native American tribe $60 million in debt. 

    Now it has emerged that Sugarman also hobnobbed with British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last week of grooming minors for sexual abuse by her late associate Epstein. 

    Sugarman and Maxwell were pictured spending time together at an Oscars party in West Hollywood in 2012 on a socialite’s blog which can be seen here.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Maxwell victim for DEFENCE’

    Accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre said she is unlikely to accept a pay off and the Duke of York is currently waiting on tenterhooks for a judge to decide whether her civil lawsuit will be ditched.

    Maxwell was last month found guilty of of sex trafficking and grooming girls for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

    Another one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims said that Ms Giuffre had sex with Prince Andrew.

    Carolyn Andriano, 35, has now waived her right to anonymity to share her full knowledge of Virginia’s alleged encounter.

    Mrs Roberts Giuffre, then Miss Roberts, 17, reportedly showed the victim the infamous picture of her posing with Andrew at convicted sex trafficker Maxwell’s home.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Kate gave me the confidence to perform at Eurovision'

    Bianca Nicholas, 32, from Tonbridge, Kent

    I first met Kate when I was 19 years old when the charity Starlight Children’s Foundation made my dreams come true by allowing me to perform at a glitzy event in front of Prince William and Harry in 2008. 

    I was really nervous when I belted out Labi Siffre’s Something Inside So Strong at the event but it instilled me with confidence that would lead me to represent the UK at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

    After I finished the song, I was beckoned over by Prince William, who I shared half a seat with, and he was very complimentary about my voice. 

    Then a woman I didn’t recognise came over. I knew she was important but I had no idea who she was and we spoke for half an hour, during which she told me she wished she could sing like me.

    When she mentioned her mum had a party planning company I asked if she could help the charity – it was quite cheeky and if I knew who she was I probably wouldn’t have asked.

    Later, while speaking to someone from Starlight they told me, “You realise you were talking to Kate Middleton, right?” 

    I was so embarrassed but due to being so nervous and starstruck, I had no idea.

    My performance in front of the Cambridges helped me to overcome my nerves and keep calm when I could physically hear my own heart beating through my chest.

    In 2015, I was part of the duo Electro Velvet who performed at Eurovision. It felt like a bit of a poisoned chalice at the time because it was in the run-up to Brexit but now I’m proud that we managed to get five points.

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