Queen’s Platinum Jubilee latest LIVE: Queen begins beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee latest LIVE: Queen begins beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle


he Queen had a “lovely” time at Thursday’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations but found the day “very tiring”, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have told an attendee at a Guildhall reception.

Gill Smallwood from Bolton spoke with Kate on Friday after a service of thanksgiving at the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral.

Ms Smallwood said she had asked Kate how the Queen was doing.

She told the PA news agency: “She (Kate) said, ‘yes, she was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday, and she (the Queen) had had a lovely, lovely time’.”

She said Kate told her that Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte also “had a lovely time” at Thursday’s celebrations, during which all three Cambridge children appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony for a flypast.

Platinum Jubilee 2022: National Service of Thanksgiving

The Queen will not attend the Epsom Derby on Saturday but is expected to watch the sporting event on television at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It comes after Her Majesty was unable to attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday due to mobility issues.


Bishop ‘excited’ ahead of thanksgiving service

The Bishop of London has said she is “excited” ahead of the thanksgiving service for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, who will be leading the blessing at St Paul’s, told BBC Breakfast: “I’m excited, I think.”

She added that she was nervous about the ceremonial regalia she needs to wear.

“It’s a coat called the George V coat. It’s quite an old coat, which is a cape and it sits on me, but of course it was designed for men because I’m the first woman who happens to be the Bishop of London,” she said.

“So, it doesn’t sit quite as well on me, so I’m slightly nervous.”

She said that Her Majesty’s Christian faith has “always shaped her” and she feels privileged to play a part in the service and “give thanks” to The Queen for her service to the country.

The Servce of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral today.

Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung before the service and a new anthem by Judith Weir, Master of The Queen’s Music, will be unveiled.


Who will attend the Queen’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral?

Many of the most prominent royals will attend the service, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

It is also thought that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will attend their first royal event together since leaving the UK.

However, the Queen herselfwill not be attending the service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace has said.

The Palace said the decision was made after Her Majesty experienced some discomfort after the parade marking the start of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Thursday.

‘Platinum Jubilee: A Service of Thanksgiving’ will air at 9.15am on BBC One today. The Royal Family are expected to arrive from around 11am.

Prince Andrew is set to miss the Jubilee service of thanksgiving after testing positive for Covid.


New mural of Queen Elizabeth II painted on a wall in Moreton

A young girl poses for a picture in front of a new mural of Queen Elizabeth II painted on a wall in Moreton, Wirral, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘want to be as low key as possible’

A royal commentator has said that Meghan and Harry hope to be as “low-profile as possible” during their trip to the UK for The Platinum Jubilee.

Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, told BBC Breakfast: “I spoke with people close to the couple… who said that they want to be as low-profile as possible during this trip.

“It’s almost hard to believe, but I think yesterday Trooping the Colour was a great example. We didn’t really catch sight of them on TV cameras.”

He added that the couple hold a “warm and close” relationship with The Queen.

He also spoke about Lilibet’s upcoming first birthday on Saturday.

He said: “Those moments with Lilibet are very much private between them and the Queen” and that last evening at Windsor would have been the first time Her Majesty would have met her namesake in person.

The Duke And Duchess were spotted watching the Trooping of the Colour on Thursday.

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Dean ‘nervous’ about Jubilee thanksgiving service

The Dean of St Paul’s has said today’s thanksgiving service represents the nation “picking up the baton” from The Queen as a thank you for her years of service.

The Very Revd Dr David Ison told BBC Breakfast: “I think, for me, what this service is about, is saying not only thank you, but also we are picking up the baton of what The Queen has done. We ourselves are committing to how we can make the world a better place.”

He said of the service: “I always get nervous. You can’t help it because you want it to go well and therefore you’re nervous to make sure it does goes well and worried about what might go wrong.”

He also spoke about an incident during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when his cape ripped.

“I put on my cape and I was bounding down the stairs of the vestry and I caught the cape on the door latch and ripped it and this is in the afternoon, before the service.

“So, they had an emergency embroiderer who came in early in the morning to stitch it back up again.”


A roof with a view

People are taking every vantage point to see the arrivals at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Here, builders watch on from a the roof of a building opposite the cathedral where a policeman keeps watch


‘It’s a joy and privilege to be here today’

A group of attendees for the service said they felt “fortunate” to get an invite.

Eva Stanislaus, 67, South Croydon, Harsha Stanislous, 36, Canary Wharf, Banji Adewumi MBE, 57, Bexleyheayh and Joshua Adewumi, 64, Bexleyheath will be attending the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

When asked what brought her here today, Eva Stanislous told the Standard: “I work for a business energy and strategy department. They have nominated several people and only three people were chosen so I am fortunate to get the invite.

“It is great, we are always following the Royal Family.”

Banji Adewumi MBE, who received the award in recognition of her work in diversity, equality and inclusion said: “I received an invitation following receiving the MBE this year, so it’s a joy and privilege to be here today.”

Joshua Adewumi, who is supporting his wife at the service said: “The occasion is very significant, I mean to celebrate the Queen and join with the nation, it’s a great occasion.”

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Queen to follow service on television

Like much of nation the Queen will be watching the service at St Paul’s on television, it has been confirmed.

It follows the sad news that she will not be attending after she experienced “discomfort” during Thursday’s celebrations.

She is expected to be resting at Windsor after the busy start to the Jubilee festivities on Thursday.

The Prince of Wales will officially represent his mother at the service.


Crowds eagerly await arrivals

Excitement is building among the crowds that have amassed outside St Paul’s Cathedral as they watch the arrival of guests. The Royal guests are expected to arrive shortly before the start of the service.


‘It’s important for the young people’, says onlooker

Jess Wightman, 24, a business owner from Kettering has been in London for the royal celebrations since Wednesday and feels more young should celebrate the special occasion.

She said: “I think it’s important that there’s young people here and it’s a fresher generation to show that people still support them, and people still want them to exist and there’s a lot of people that have their opinions about it but it’s a rare thing to have something that brings everyone together from all over the world.

“There’s so many different people here and everyone’s here to support them, especially with everything that’s gone on over the past few years, I think it’s amazing.”

Having managed to get to the Trooping of Colour, she said: “We got extremely lucky managed to get down near the screens and we saw the planes come over.

“We lingered and all the horses came up towards us, it was amazing.”

When asked who she was most excited to see, Jess said she’s got her eyes set on the Sussexes: “I think it’s definitely got to be Harry and Meghan, just purely because they don’t come here very often.

“A lot of people don’t like them, so I think it’s important to be one of those people that does want to see them.

“I don’t think it’s fair the hate that they get I think it’s absolutely disgraceful I don’t think anyone should be treated that way and I think they deserve that support.”

Additional reporting by Jonathan Kanengoni

She said more young people should attend the Jubilee celebrations

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