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The Queen is celebrating her 70th year on the throne with a four-day Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend

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.

Prince Andrew is expected to attend the Service of Thanksgiving scheduled to take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3 June – marking the largest gathering of the royal family since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018.

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.

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

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

The Duke of Cambridge will ride on horseback during the platinum jubilee celebrations next weekend

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 16:37
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Queen takes Scottish break ahead of platinum jubilee weekend

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

The head of state normally spends a week at her Highland retreat at the start of the summer

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

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’

Edward Roberts, 19, won The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition with his entry featuring a stylised crown.

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 14:26
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What will the weather be like for the platinum jubilee weekend?

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

All eyes are on the forecast for the four-day bank holiday weekend.

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 13:47
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Jubilee fund worth £3 million announced to improve 125 village halls

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

A total of 125 halls will receive funding over a three-year period for upgrade and renovation work

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 12:58
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More than 16,000 street parties planned for platinum jubilee weekend

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

Most parties are being held on 5 June during the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 12:04
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Who’s your favourite member of the royal family?

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?

Vote to shape The Independent’s reader-determined ranking of your most popular royals

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 11:36
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Where will Meghan and Harry stay during the Queen’s jubilee?

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?

Sussexes will attend Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with their two children in June

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 10:25
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Kate makes nod to Meghan and Harry during garden party

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

The Duchess of Cambridge chose a mint-green ensemble

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 09:12
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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the Queen, the royal family and the platinum jubilee.

Laura Hampson28 May 2022 08:36