Her Majesty wows crowd after making appearance with royals from palace balcony

Her Majesty wows crowd after making appearance with royals from palace balcony

The Queen delighted millions of spectators after making a surprise appearance on the Buckingham Palace


The Queen delighted millions of spectators after making a surprise appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Sunday evening.

The royal, who was dressed in green, waved to fans while standing alongside the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridge family.

Earlier, during the pageant, Prince Charles took the salute from members of the military as he represented his mother.

Although Her Majesty was not present for the event at the time, her hologram was included in the golden coronation carriage for the Platinum Pageant parade.

In an incredible piece of technological wonder, a hologram of Her Majesty from her coronation appeared waving to the crowd in 1953 to the delight of fans and the viewing public.

Prince William is also in attendance for the final showpiece of the weekend. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge is alsowatching on alongside Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

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The drone display over Buckingham Palace drew the admiration of revellers (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

The drone display over Buckingham Palace drew the admiration of revellers (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

The Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, praised the Queen during the party at the Palace (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

The Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, praised the Queen during the party at the Palace (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

Party at the Palace revellers have said they felt like ‘part of history’ celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from the grounds of her home (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

Party at the Palace revellers have said they felt like ‘part of history’ celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from the grounds of her home (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

The Queen and Paddington bear (Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal/BBC Studios/Heyday Films/PA) (PA Media)

The Queen and Paddington bear (Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal/BBC Studios/Heyday Films/PA) (PA Media)

Sir Rod Stewart performing during the Platinum Party at the Palace. Joe Giddens/PA (PA Wire)

Sir Rod Stewart performing during the Platinum Party at the Palace. Joe Giddens/PA (PA Wire)

Watch: Prince Charles pays tribute to Queen

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What to expect on the final day of the Jubilee weekend

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It’s the fourth and final day of the Jubilee weekend, and today’s celebrations will be centred around a parade and pageant in London.

The parade

Starting at 2.30pm, the three-kilometre parade will begin outside the Palace of Westminster, head through Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, pass by the Admiralty Arch, and then continue down towards the Queen Victoria Monument outside Buckingham Palace. It will travel along Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park.

It will be led by the 260-year-old Gold State Coach – the same carriage that took the Queen to her 1953 coronation.

What to expect

The pageant will be divided into four parts. The first ‘For Queen And Country’ will be a military parade of 1,750 people and 200 horses, bringing together all branches of the British armed forces from across the Commonwealth.

The second, ‘The Time Of Our Lives’, will be a celebration of British music, culture and technology over the last 70 years.

The third, ‘Let’s Celebrate’, will tell the story of the Queen’s life, broken down into 12 parts.

There will be a 20-ft puppet of the Queen as a young woman, plus a 21ft-tall puppet dragon with giant wings as wide as the Mall. There will also be a show of 80 dancers who will recreate her coronation robe.

The fourth, ‘Happy And Glorious’, will be a musical moment, with a gospel choir and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The public will be invited to join in and sing the national anthem. It is set to take place around the Queen Victoria Memorial and in front of the palace.

In total, there are going to be 10,000 people involved in the pageant, including 6,000 volunteers and 2,500 members of the general public.

Who will be there?

A few famous faces are set to appear throughout the day, including Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Irons, Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill, Rosie Jones, Gary Lineker, Kadeena Cox, Heston Blumenthal, Alan Titchmarsh, James Martin, Gok Wan and Bill Bailey.

At 5pm, Ed Sheeren will end the day’s celebrations with a musical act.

Which members of the Royal Family will be in attendance?

Charles and Camilla will be attending a lunch at the Oval cricket ground in London and The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be attending a street party along Windsor’s Long Walk.

It is not clear yet if The Queen, who had to sit out from some of the weekend’s activities due to mobility issues, will attend today’s events. However, there is some speculation that the Royal Family may appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the pageant finale.

What else is going on?

Across the rest of the UK, over 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee lunches and ten million people will be joining the celebrations.

The Big Jubilee Lunch will be taking place across London

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Today is all about refreshments. 85,000 people have signed up to host Big Jubilee Lunches, which will include street parties and afternoon tea too.

There will also be 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches taking place across the world – including in Canada, Brazil and New Zealand.

Members of the Royal Family will be joining in with the lunches today: Prince Charles and Camilla will be dining at The Oval cricket ground and the Earl and Countess of Wessex will be attending a lunch at Windsor Castle.

Artist Lucy Sparrow will be presenting a giant felt piece of art, featuring the Platinum Pudding, scotch eggs and fruit platters, to Charles and Camilla at The Oval. It will be displayed at the entrance to Buckingham Palace later this year.

The first Big Lunch was organised in 2009 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the second lunch was held three years later to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

You can find the nearest Big Lunch events happening to you on the Eden Project Communities website.

Crowds are already starting to form at The Oval

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Lee Mack’s partygate joke is still reverberating

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The comedian made a partygate joke in front of the Prime Minister during the Jubilee concert yesterday.

“Finally we can say the words ‘party’ and ‘gate’ and it’s a positive,” said Mack. At the time the Prime Minister was sitting in the royal box.

It came just one day after Boris Johnson was booed at a Platinum Jubilee celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Read our story here.

Kate has posted new pictures of their three children baking during the Jubilee weekend

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The Duchess of Cambridge has posted new pictures of their three children baking during the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, are seen piping icing onto cupcakes with their mother.

The official Cambridge Twitter account said: “Baking cakes for the local community in Cardiff to enjoy at a Platinum Jubilee street party taking place today! We hope you like them!”

Read our story here.

Guests arriving at The Oval

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Prince Charles and Camilla are said to be attending soon.

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Everything you need to know about the Gold State Coach

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The Gold State Coach will be front and centre of today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The coach only ever carries the sovereign, and it was the same coach that transported The Queen to her Coronation 70 years ago.

It has not been seen in on the streets of London for over twenty years.

Built in 1762, it will be drawn by eight Windsor Grey horses – as is tradition. This time the Queen will not be riding the coach, but there is set to be a ‘surprise’ for attendees.

The coach has been significantly overhauled four times: once in 1820 for King George IV, once in 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII, once in 1953 for the coronation of The Queen and lastly in 1977 when it was regilded for The Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

When it is not being used, the Gold State Coach is on public display at the Royal Mews when they are open.

The Royals have arrived at The Oval

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Prince Charles and Camilla have arrived at The Oval (Jonathan Kanengoni )

Prince Charles and Camilla have arrived at The Oval (Jonathan Kanengoni )

Across the UK people are also celebrating national Thank You day

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Today is also national Thank You day, a date picked to coincide with the final day of the Jubilee weekend.

The holiday was celebrated for the first time last year and is a chance to express gratitude to friends, family and members of the community.

“`There’s never been a better excuse for a great big party, to say thank you to everyone who has helped us through. That’s why Sunday 5th June is this year’s Thank You Day,” says the Thank You Day site.

“We’re getting together as friends, families, neighbours and communities, to raise a glass to The Queen for 70 years outstanding service, and say a great big thank you to each other as well.”

Charles and Camilla inspect giant art piece

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Prince Charles and Camilla looking at artist Lucy Sparrow’s giant felt art piece. It features the Platinum Pudding, scotch eggs and fruit platters and will be displayed at the entrance to Buckingham Palace later this year.

The Royals continue to inspect Lucy Sparrow’s art work

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(Jonathan Kanengoni)

A group of volunteers have been awarded as Platinum Champions at The Oval Jubilee lunch

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A group of 70 volunteers from across the UK have been awarded as Platinum Champions at the Jubilee lunch being attended by Charles and Camilla.

The Royal Voluntary Service put a call out asking for people to nominate their volunteer heroes. From thousands of entries, the volunteer heroes were narrowed down to 490 people, and now the 70 most outstanding volunteers have been invited to celebrate their achievements at The Oval with Charles, Camilla and the charity’s ambassadors.

VIP judges helping to select the 70 winning volunteers included Myleene Klass, Elaine Page, Gethin Jones, Ade Adepitan and Felicity Kendal.

The awards were split into seven categories including older people and dementia support, children and young people, crisis and welfare, community, and mental health and companionship.

Winners include Joan Brown who set up Scottish charity Lucky-Ewe, which uses dairy sheep to help young people and those with additional needs from falling through the gap between school and employment, and Jonathan Bamborough, who compiles, produces and seels compilation music to raise money for charity Streetlife.

The Platinum Champion Awards are an official Jubilee project that’s been launched by the Royal Voluntary Service and its president The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cornwall said: “Congratulations to all our Platinum Champions – and my heartfelt thanks to you and to the millions of volunteers across the UK who give their time and talents so generously.”

Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “All of the Platinum Champions are heroes in my eyes and it’s been wonderful to meet and thank some of them in person.”

“The Big Jubilee Lunch really was the perfect way to come together and celebrate their extraordinary voluntary service.”

Charles and Camilla toast the Jubilee

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Prince Charles and Camilla depart Oval Jubilee lunch

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have left the Oval as the final day of the weekend continues.

The pair also inspected the food on show (Evening Standard)

The pair also inspected the food on show (Evening Standard)

The pair toasted those in attendance (Evening Standard)

The pair toasted those in attendance (Evening Standard)

The pair have now left the lunch (Evening Standard)

The pair have now left the lunch (Evening Standard)

Platinum Party at the Palace attracts large overnight audience

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According to the BBC, a peak of13.4 million viewers watched coverage on BBC One with an average overnight audience of 11.2 million.

That number constitued a 66.8 per cent share of the national TV audience.

People are celebrating at the The Long Walk Windsor Castle, Windsor

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People are celebrating the Jubilee along the historic Long Walk – the 3-mile avenue from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse Statue.

The avenue runs nearby Frogmore Cottage, the home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they are in the UK, and where the couple is staying over the Jubilee weekend.

The festivities have been continuing in Windsor over the weekend: Yesterday tens of thousands of people gathered in Windsor Great Park to enjoy a picnic as part of the Jubilee celebrations. There was music and vintage cars, and some people arrived in costume.

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Map released in final hours before the pageant

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The Platinum Jubilee Pageant has shared a helpful map detailing the route of the imminent event. The pageant will start on Whitehall, continue down the mall and finish outside Buckingham Palace.

Everyone is taking their final positions for the pageant

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The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery Battery have been seen riding across London, getting into position for the pageant.

Platinum Champions says that Jubilee exposure is great for charity work

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A celebrated volunteer has said that the Duchess of Cornwall’s Jubilee commendation is great exposure for his ongoing charity work.

“The exposure we’re getting for it is a really good thing for the project and for the young people that you’re seeing today,” said Steve Barnabis.

Barnabis, who runs youth and anti-knife crime project Project Zero, has been selected as one of the 70 Platinum Champions chosen from thousands of volunteers from across the UK.

For the special award, the Royal Voluntary Service asked for people to nominate their volunteer heroes. Thousands of entries were then narrowed down to 490 people, which was again narrowed down to just 70 candidates. These 70 volunteers were celebrated at The Big Jubilee Lunch in The Oval this morning, attended by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Barnabis works for Project Zero, which is based in Waltham Forest and aims to see zero deaths of young people due to knife crime.

“We know it’s very complex and there’s a wide range of issues as to why someone could become a victim or a perpetrator of knife crime, but our thing is about engaging them in activities to promote social inclusion to help young people discover their goals, their dreams and objectives and trying to get rid of any barriers that will stop them from reaching where they want to reach to,” said Barnabis.

The volunteer, who has been working with young people for over 34 years, said: “Some young people from disadvantaged backgrounds might not be in the right place at the right time for some of those jobs that are widely available for those from more privileged backgrounds.”

“We’re all about engaging young people in positive activities. We’re based in Waltham Forest, and we want to see a year where there’s been zero deaths of a young person because of knife crime.”

Project Zero focuses on engagement, inclusion and employment. It offers a wide range of activities and facilities including holiday programs, youth clubs, singing and dancing, drama and a gaming lounge.

“On inclusion, we focus on people that may have been excluded, harder to reach, support around mental health and things like that,” added Barnabis.

The Gold State Coach is now proceeding down The Mall – and there is a hologram of The Queen inside

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The Gold State Coach is now proceeding down The Mall, and the ‘surprise’ that event organisers teased has finally been revealed: there is a hologram of The Queen inside.

The Queen’s carriage (PA)

The Queen’s carriage (PA)

The pageant begins

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The pageant has begun. Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cornwall are some of the Royals in attendance – they stood up as the procession began.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence is also in attendance, as is Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sitting in the royal box at Buckingham Palace with his wife Carrie. Others present in the box include Zara and Mike Tindall and their daughters, Mia and Lena.

Kate, William, Johnson, Starmer and Mike Tindall take their pageant seats

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William and eldest son Prince George (AP)

William and eldest son Prince George (AP)

Kate Middleton and her son Prince Louis (Getty Images)

Kate Middleton and her son Prince Louis (Getty Images)

Keir Starmer (PA)

Keir Starmer (PA)

Boris Johnson and Mike Tindall (Getty Images)

Boris Johnson and Mike Tindall (Getty Images)

Members of The Royal Family take their seats at the pageant

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Princess Anne (Getty Images)

Princess Anne (Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice (Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice (Getty Images)

Boris Johnson is all smiles at pageant, despite being booed at events over the Jubilee weekend

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Boris Johnson was all smiles as he took his seats for the Jubilee pageant, despite having been booed by crowds over the Jubilee weekend.

The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by his wife Carrie, took his seat in the royal box at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. He was photographed laughing with ex-rugby player Mike Tindall and seemed to have plugged any notion that the booing had dampened his Jubilee spirits.

The Prime Minister was met with a loud chorus of boos and jeers as he ascended – and later descended – the steps outside St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Lee Mack also made a partygate jibe at The Prime Minister at the Platinum Party last night, where Boris Johnson was in attendance. The comedian said: “Finally we can say the words Party and Gate and it be a positive.” The joke was met with raucous laughter.

The heckling and jokes have come at a particularly unfortunate time: following the May 25 Sue Gray report, which detailed numerous parties at Number 10, there have been some rumours of an impending no-confidence vote. Downing Street is reportedly planning a move to boost Johnson’s credibility within the party.

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Catherine Jenkins, Chris Eubank, Giles Terera and Cliff Richard ride a bus along the Mall during the Platinum Pageant

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The pageant has been broken down into four segments, and the inclusion of the music legends comes as part of section two. ‘The Time Of Our Lives’ it’s a celebration of British music, culture and technology over the last 70 years.

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Anthea Turner and Basil Brush make an appearance during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

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Gary Lineker posts stunning view of the parade

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Prince Louis steals show again as he continues to pull funny faces

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Queen arrives at the Palace

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The flag went up at around 4.31pm, meaning the Queen has arrived at the Palace from Windsor Castle.

She has not been seen in public since Thursday, the first day of the celebrations.

Katherine Jenkins waves at the crowd

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Director of Eden Project hails ‘big lunch’ concept

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Peter Stewart, executive director of educational charity the Eden Project, praised the big lunch for bringing joy to the “hardest to reach communities”.

He said: “The concept of the big lunch, it’s got colour, it’s about bunting, its about joy.“

“It actually brings people together, and some of the hardest to reach communities across the land.

“We know from research that it reduces loneliness within communities, people feel safer within their homes, and they go on to do other things and meet new people so all of that is absolutely fantastic.

“Concepts like the big lunch, they help to do that. They don’t solve everything, but they create an environment where good things can happen.”

Ed Sheeran calls Jubilee performance a ‘full circle nostalgic moment’

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Ed Sheeran has said getting to play at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant is a “full circle nostalgic moment” for him.

The pop superstar, 31, will close the street party by singing the national anthem.

Speaking ahead of his performance on the BBC, he told Anita Rani: “For me, this is kind of like a full circle, nostalgia moment because this is the event that I picked up guitar at 20 years ago after seeing Eric Clapton playing on stage.

“And then I got to play it 10 years ago for the Diamond Jubilee. It’s really really nice to be back, it’s just a great atmosphere here.”

The singer described the event as a “pinch yourself” moment but noted that he felt “great” ahead of taking to the stage.

Footage of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is being played as Ed Sheeran sings Perfect.

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The Red Arrows’ Platinum Jubilee display cancelled

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The Red Arrows’ Platinum Jubilee display has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

The famous display team were set to do a flypast at Buckingham Palace at 5:05pm on Sunday to officially close the Jubilee celebrations.

However, it is understood that the flypast will no longer be taking place due to the weather conditions.

Queen appears on Buckingham Palace balcony

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The Queen, dressed in green, waved to spectators while standing alongside the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridge family.

Her appearance, closing the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, lasted less than three minutes.

During that time the thousands of people on The Mall sang the National Anthem.

Pictured: Ed Sheeran performs during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

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Pictured: The crowd watch Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony

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Spectators delighted by Queen appearance

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Paula and Patrick Queenan, from Radlett in Hertfordshire, said the Queen and the royal family coming out on to the balcony was the best part of the jubilee celebrations.

Mrs Queenan, 57, told the PA news agency: “Seeing the Queen come out on the balcony was amazing.

“We didn’t know if she’d come or not. This was the first day that I’ve been here and this was the real highlight.”

Mr Queenan, 58, added: “I came for the fly past on Thursday and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“Our daughter and her fiancé came down from Sheffield today. They’re both doctors and so they’re going to head back now and they’re on duty tonight.

“We had a street party on Friday, the whole street came to ours and sang the national anthem. Seeing the Queen has been the best bit of this week.”

Naomi Campbell praises Queen for ‘giving herself selflessly’ to nation

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Naomi Campbell has praised the Queen for “giving herself selflessly to this nation and the world and the Commonwealth”.

The supermodel added that she had an “amazing day” featuring in the 1990s open-top bus as part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Following her appearance, she told Anita Rani on the BBC: “It has been a great and amazing day just with friends and to salute the Queen who has given herself selflessly to this nation and the world and the Commonwealth.

“And as working with the Queen’s Commonwealth trust, I’m so honoured to be here today for my country. And it’s just been an incredible Jubilee.”

Dogs take part in ‘corgi derby’ at racecourse for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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Participants cross the finish line in a corgi derby (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

Participants cross the finish line in a corgi derby (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

Ten dogs have taken part in the first “corgi derby” at a racecourse as part of celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The corgis, the Queen’s favourite breed, took to the track at Musselburgh Race Course in East Lothian on Sunday, in a close race that resulted in a photo finish.

Nine-year-old Paddy, a distant relative of one of the Queen’s corgis, was among the competitors.

The trophy was won by Georgie, who is nearly 18 months old, and surprised her owners with her speed in the race.

Her owner, Alison Rumbles, said it was a wonderful afternoon.

She said: “After having two years of the pandemic it’s just so joyful to have something that’s so much fun.

“We were really shocked that Georgie won. We know she is fast because she runs by our border collie and she can really run, but she was just so fast.

“I think she loved it, she just loves being around other corgis, it’s almost like she has found her tribe, they cuddle and play and it’s so lovely to watch.

“She is exhausted now but she just loved it.”

Sir Cliff Richard says being near royals is the ‘grandest honour’

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Sir Cliff Richard has said it still feels like the “grandest honour” to be near the royal family years later from his first interaction.

Speaking to AJ Odudu following the Queen’s appearance on the balcony at the Platinum Jubilee Party, he said: “Every time you have to be with the royalty, all those moments are great because all these years later, it still feels like the grandest honour.

“Where else in the world can you get a chance to do something like this?”

Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley said it was an “absolute honour” to be a part of the celebrations in honour of the Queen’s 70 years.

He added: “It’s actually quite emotional as well. When Her Majesty came to the balcony I was like, ‘wow that was a moment in time, a moment in history, this will not happen again’. It’s been a been an incredible day.”

Queen releases statement to mark end of Jubilee celebrations

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In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen said: “When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”

Her message was signed Elizabeth R.

Sadiq Khan hails ‘wonderful’ Jubilee celebrations

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Princess Eugenie praises ‘incredible’ Jubilee

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‘Stratospherically’ popular Queen ‘more realistic’ in message – experts

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The Queen’s message marking the end of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations acknowledges her “frailty” and is “more realistic”, a royal expert has said.

The monarch, 96, pledged to continue to serve “to the best of my ability, supported by my family”.

She said that while she may not have attended every event in person “my heart has been with you all”.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, said the weekend has been “a huge success”, demonstrated by the crowds that gathered for each event.

He told the PA news agency: “Although the Queen was less visible than in previous jubilees, her balcony appearances at either end of the celebrations meant a great deal to so many people.

“Her message this evening is interesting in that it clearly points to her current frailty and the fact that members of her family will undertake tasks on her behalf on a permanent basis.

“A more realistic message than we have seen in the past.”

That’s it from the Evening Standard’s Platinum Jubilee live blog

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Our collegues will return on Monday morning.



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