The Queen is celebrating her 70th year on the throne with a four-day Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend
The weekend, which will begin on Thursday 2 June and end on Sunday 5 Junie, 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.
Egter, the RMT union has today announced planned strike action on the weekend, which will affect passengers aiming to travel on the Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines.
Intussen, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have begun their three-day tour in Canada, where they are representing the Queen – one of a number of recent appearances to highlight Prince Charles’ increased presence as head of the royal family in the light of the monarch’s mobility problems and advanced age.
While the Queen has made mostly virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, as she gears up for the Jubilee weekend Her Majesty has started to make more in-person appearances.
However 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.
Prince Harry welcomes Colombia and Nigeria to Invictus community
The Duke of Sussex has announced that Colombia and Nigeria are joining his Invictus Games Foundation in a new “community” structure.
Harry founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.
More nations are expected to join over time, and participation in future Invictus Games will be drawn from membership of the community.
Take a look back at 70 incredible years of Queen Elizabeth II
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Diana’s Spencer Tiara to go on display for Jubilee jewels exhibition
The famous Spencer Tiara, worn by Diana, Princess of Wales on her wedding day, is to go on display as part of the UK’s largest exhibition of tiaras in 20 jare.
Sommige 50 glittering treasures of aristocratic and royal provenance, many seen for the first time in public in decades, will be on view as part of Sotheby’s’ Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Find out more:
The princess wore the family heirloom on her wedding day in 198
Who is performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert?
The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday 4 June is gearing up to be a star-studded event, with the likes of Diana Ross, Adam Lambert and George Ezra already lined up to headline the show.
Our Culture Reporter Isobel Lewis has all the details:
Live event at Buckingham Palace will feature three stages and an audience of 10,000
Diana Ross to headline Queen’s platinum jubilee concert
The legendary Diana Ross is set to headline the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday 4 Junie.
Die Ain’t No Mountain High Enough singer’s performance will be one of the main attractions for the event, which will be broadcast live on BBC One.
The performance will kick-off a series of UK dates for the former Supremes singer, including at Glastonbury
‘My therapist will hear about this’
Everyone is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee – but one chip shop’s offering for the royal occasion is… questionable.
Crisp and Fry, a chip shop chain in Wales, posted a TikTok video of its “Jubilee fish and chips”, featuring bright red chips and a blue battered fish, and the response is nothing short of hilarious.
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The special dish comes ahead of the Queen’s big platinum jubilee weekend in June
Crafters to decorate post boxes ahead of Queen’s Jubilee
The UK’s crochet experts have picked up their hooks to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – recreating the monarch and her corgis in miniature to sit on top of post boxes across the country.
Keen crocheters have decorated their communities with bejewelled crowns and googly-eyed versions of the Queen’s Guard to mark her 70 years on the throne.
The decorations can take the creators weeks to complete.
Tube strike action announced for jubilee weekend
Strike action has been announced for the Jubilee long weekend (2-5 Junie) which could affect the celebrations in the capital.
The RMT Union says its members will walk out of Euston and Green Park stations on Friday 3 June to protest bullying and a “toxic working environment”.
The strikes would last all day on the Friday and affect passengers aiming to travel on the Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines.
Our Deputy Travel Editor Lucy Thackray berigte:
‘Our strike on 3 June will cause significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee’ says RMT boss
Charles discusses ‘vital process of reconciliation’ in Canada amid calls for apology over indigenous treatment
Prince Charles has pledged to listen and learn from Canadians embarking on a process of reconciliation to “come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past”.
It comes after the couple faced calls from indigenous communities for the Queen to formally apologise for the treatment of indigenous people in education institutions.
Canada has been coming to terms with the grim discovery last year of hundreds of human remains in unmarked graves at former church-run schools.
Charles and Camilla celebrate Canada’s culture during tour of country
Prince Charles and Camilla are currently on a three-day tour of Canada in honour of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Op Woensdag, the royal couple celebrated the culture, crafts and people of Canada by pouring themselves pints of beer made from icebergs that were thousands of years old.
Read about their trip so far below:
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were welcomed by prime minister Justin Trudeau when they arrived in Canada.