Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will watch the parade from a balcony above the Horse Guards parade before heading back to Windsor, while other family members can join the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
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Four-day celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee kick off today, and the Queen urged Britons across the country to join in the bank holiday fun.
As people prepare for millions of street parties and a variety of other events, the 96-year-old thanked the nation for keeping her “inspired” to carry on through the ups and downs of her 70-year reign.
He stated, “I know that many happy memories will be created on these festive occasions.”
The celebrations kick off in style today with Trooping the Color to mark his official birthday.
And in the spirit of togetherness that she hopes to foster, prince harry and Meghan will be at the ceremony as they take a break from their self-imposed exile in the United States.
Although they will be more than half a mile away from the main event on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The couple will face off against other royals including the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall for the first time in two years when they meet on the balcony of Horse Guards Parade.
The couple flew their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months, from California yesterday, where they moved after leaving real life.
Trooping the Colour, with 1,500 soldiers and 350 horses, returns to London for the first time since the pandemic.
Prince Andrew will not be at the event after he made a £12m payout over sex scandal claims, but could attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral with other family members tomorrow.
Harry and Meghan will not be on the Palace balcony for an RAF flight later today after the Queen declared only working family members would attend. Instead, they will return home to Windsor.
Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne will join the Queen at the Palace as adoring crowds pay tribute to her seven decades of loyal service. Buckingham Palace released a new portrait of the Queen last night to mark her Jubilee. Taken by royal photographer Ranald Mackechnie in the Victoria Hall at Windsor Castle on May 25, she shows her resting her hands on her lap.
Mackechnie said it was “an honor and a privilege” to photograph her for the occasion.
Her Majesty paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to prepare for this historic occasion.
It culminates with a grand concert outside the Palace on Saturday and a parade through the streets of London on Sunday. Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John, Ella Eyre, Diana Ross and Brian May will be among the performers.
Sir Rod was seen outside the Palace yesterday as he prepared for a sound check at the venue. And Sir Elton was photographed arriving at the airport in Leipzig, Germany, in a wheelchair.
Elbow frontman Guy Garvey also attended the sound check as he sang songs from his set.
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Supermarkets are gearing up for a Platinum Jubilee bonanza as revelers stock up on booze, burgers and sausages for street parties.
Tesco hopes to sell six million bottles of beer and six million bottles of wine to those who toast the Queen’s record-breaking reign.
And they’re also likely to drink 150,000 of the store’s one-liter bottles of Pimm’s, four million bottles of gin and 150,000 bottles of champagne. Supermarket bosses expect 1.3 million packages of hot dogs, 600,000 packages of hamburgers, nearly a million packages of barbecue meat and 1.7 million packages of rolls and baguettes to fly off the shelves.
Waitrose said demand for Dubonnet, the Queen’s favorite drink, was up 50% year-on-year, while online searches for Jubilee cakes were up 165% in one week.
And more than half a billion pounds have been spent on bunting and flags to cover the streets for the Jubilee festivities.
The four-day spending spree worth £6.37bn for the economy will give shops a £2.25bn boost, according to figures from Codes-Valones.es have shown.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insights at market analysts Kantar, said: “We should never underestimate the appetite for a party, especially a real one.”
Tesco BBQ meat shopper Emily Allen added: “Since the start of the week, we’ve seen a change in shopping habits with many people stocking up on outdoor dining and preparing for the celebrations.”
Tonight, the Queen leads a festival of lights from Windsor that will spread across the land and around the world as cities, towns and Commonwealth nations light up commemorative lighthouses. Prince William will light an installation of trees outside the Palace.
The ceremony dates back to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Charles and Camilla will appear in a special guest cameo from EastEnders tonight, as Albert Square celebrates the Jubilee. Tomorrow, the Archbishop of York will lead the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral with several members of the royal family in attendance.
On Saturday, Princess Anne will represent the Queen at the Epsom Derby, while Prince William and Kate travel to Wales to celebrate with locals before putting on a special performance at Cardiff Castle.
Sunday’s “once-in-a-lifetime” Town Parade will include 6,000 performers and seven decades of “national treasures” in open-top buses. Thousands also take part in the official Grand Jubilee Luncheon.
Charles and Camilla will visit the country’s largest cricket ground at the Oval Cricket Ground in south London, while Prince Edward and Sophie will join one on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle.
Princess Eugenie yesterday visited the Queen’s Jubilee emblem display at the V&A Museum in London.