The Queen is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June with a four-day bank holiday weekend.
The weekend, which will start on Thursday June 2 and end on Sunday June 5, will see several events taking place involving members of the royal family.
These include Trooping the Colour, a Thanksgiving Service, Platinum Beacons, a Platinum Jubilee Contest and a Star-Studded Concert.
However, the RMT union today announced strike action planned for the weekend which will affect passengers wishing to travel on the Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines.
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have started their three-day tour of Canada, where they represent the Queen – one of several recent appearances to highlight Prince Charles’ increased presence at the head of the family. Royal in the light of the mobility problems and advanced age of the monarch.
While the Queen has mostly made virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, as she prepares for the Jubilee weekend, Her Majesty has started making more in-person appearances .
However, Buckingham Palace said the Queen’s attendance at Jubilee weekend events is unlikely to be confirmed until D-Day.
Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the Queen as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
This is a summary of our coverage today, join us tomorrow for more updates on the Queen and the Royal Family.
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Commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Royal Merchandise
Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, many of us will be commemorating the occasion with souvenirs and merchandise.
Apart from the mugs and fridge magnets found in royal tourist shops, there are a host of products to mark the occasion – from silk scarves and cool picnic bags in fun prints, tea towels and even an immortalization of Barbie.
Here is our selection of the best souvenirs to buy before the jubilee:
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Tiktokers have fun with the blue and red “jubilee fish and chips”
A chip shop in Wales has gone viral on TikTok after posting its take on a platinum jubilee special fish and chips.
Crisp and Fry, a chain of chip shops in Llanelli and Ammanford, created the dish in the colors of the Union Jack flag by adding blue and red food coloring to the batter.
But many on the social media platform found the colorful twist on a British classic too much to digest.
“Immediately no,” one person said, while another joked, “Police have been notified.”
A third warned the chip shop that “my therapist will hear about it,” and a fourth said, “Thank you, Queen is crying now.”
Kate Ng has the full story here:
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Cookbook with 70 recipes from around the world marks platinum jubilee
A royal cookbook containing 70 recipes from around the world has been released to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee Cookbook, published April 28, features recipes from British embassies and high commissions.
He understands how to make Spanish Marmalade from Madrid and Green Fish Curry from Islamabad High Commission.
Saman Jave has the details:
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Giant slide arrives at Tower of London to celebrate Platinum Jubilee
The Tower of London will be surrounded by a ‘Superbloom’ flower display with a giant slide to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer.
The historic royal palaces have announced that they will plant 20 million seeds in the moat of the Tower of London this spring, with the aim of creating the appearance of a sea of flowers surrounding the monument.
To add an element of entertainment, visitors to the attraction will be able to enter the moat via a large slide originally commissioned by the National Trust for use at Cliveden House.
Saman Jave has the full story here:
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What is the Queen’s surname?
As the nation prepares to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign, some royal admirers might be surprised to learn that they don’t quite know our monarch’s full name.
If you are unsure of the Queen’s surname, Joanna Whitehead has everything you need to know:
Saman JaveMay 22, 2022 1:00 p.m.
What time will pubs open on Platinum Jubilee weekend?
Fancy a late-night toast to Her Majesty over the Jubilee weekend? Depending on what part of the UK you are in, you might just be in luck.
Marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, Platinum Jubilee celebrations are fast approaching, with Britons eagerly awaiting a four-day weekend in early June to mark the occasion.
In England and Wales, pub and bar opening hours will be extended over the four-day bank holiday weekend. However, in Scotland only those in Glasgow are allowed to pour drinks later than usual.
Joanna Whitehead has the full story here:
Saman JaveMay 22, 2022 12:00
The Queen plans to visit the Chelsea Flower Show, according to Buckingham Palace
The Queen is hoping to make an appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show as the event returns on Tuesday May 24, Buckingham Palace said.
It is understood that a decision will be made the same day on whether the 96-year-old monarch, who has mobility issues, will be able to go.
Among the exhibits at this year’s show will be the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden, which will feature laser-cut steel silhouettes of the monarch, surrounded by 70 planted terracotta pots, representing each year of her reign.
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One in three Britons think the Queen should retire
A third of Britons believe the Queen should retire and let her son, the Prince of Wales, take over after missing a string of in-person events due to mobility issues.
A new YouGov survey has revealed a stark shift in public opinion over whether the Queen should remain as head of state for the rest of her life.
In the past two years since the polls began, more than half of Britons thought Her Majesty should continue her reign until her death, while only a quarter thought she should retire.
The new survey, conducted for Times Radioshowed an increase in the number of people who think the monarch should step down from the throne (34%), while less than half (49%) think she should continue to work.
Kate Ng has the full story here:
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Prince Charles and Camilla to feature in EastEnders Jubilee special
The royal couple, Prince Charles and Camilla, will be guest stars on an episode of EastEnders in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are set to feature in a special episode of the long-running soap, surprising the fictional residents of Albert Square at a street party.
The episode will air on June 2, ahead of the Jubilee holiday weekend.
Louis Chilton has the details:
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