Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II: Tom Cruise salutes the “tremendous dignity” of the queen

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.

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.

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Barbie Queen sells out in seconds

In case you missed it, Barbie’s limited-edition Queen Elizabeth Barbie doll, which was released to celebrate its platinum jubilee, sold out three seconds after it went on sale at John Lewis.

Like Kate Ng writes: ‘The commemorative doll, which is priced at retail for £94.99, is now being resold on eBay for up to £1,000.

“Barbie unveiled the doll in April to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, making Her Majesty the longest serving monarch in British history.”

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Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 7:48 p.m.

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One in three Britons think the Queen should retire

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.

But the new survey showed 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 keep working.

Kate Ng has the full report:

Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 6:04 p.m.

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Prince William travels to the United Arab Emirates to offer his condolences

Prince William traveled to the United Arab Emirates to offer the Queen’s condolences following the death of the country’s leader, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It is the first time that William, second in line, has been asked to convey the monarch’s condolences following the death of a foreign head of state.

Sheikh Khalifa died on Friday at the age of 73 after years of presiding over the country’s rapid transformation into a global business hub and regional center of power.

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Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 5:30 p.m.

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The secret of the queen’s black handbag

The queen is rarely seen without a black handbag – and it’s filled with all sorts of surprising items.

Her Majesty’s go-to is a patent handbag from Launer, a British brand of luxury handbags and small leather goods. The Queen is said to own more than 200 Launer bags and her favorite styles are black leather Royale, black patent leather Traviata and a third personalized handbag.

According to Phil Dampier, author of What’s in the queen’s purse? And other royal secrets, she carries all kinds of stuff, including dog treats.

Lily Kate NgFull report here:

Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 3:45 p.m.

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Prince Charles and Camilla will visit Canada this week

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will embark on a three-day tour of Canada this week as they represent the Queen in the Commonwealth nation.

The trip, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, will focus on climate change, Indigenous reconciliation and efforts to connect with the Canadian public.

The visit is one of a series of royals visiting some of the 14 Commonwealth countries outside the UK, where the Queen is also head of state.

However, previous visits did not go as planned, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex facing protests in the Caribbean calling on the monarchy to apologize and pay reparations for its role in slavery throughout the region.

Joanna Whitehead has the whole story:

Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 2:35 p.m.

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Royal fans share delighted reactions as Queen celebrates Jubilee kickoff

Royal fans took to social media to share their elated reactions to the Queen’s appearance at Windsor Castle on Sunday evening.

The 96-year-old monarch attended ‘A Gallop Through History’ as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which saw an all-star line-up including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Cruise and Katherine Jenkins.

Photos from the event show the Queen smiling as she watches the performance and chats with fellow spectators.

Monarch fans reacted to the footage on social media, writing: “It made my heart swell and my eyes water to see her enjoying herself. We must cherish those moments now.

Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 1:05 p.m.

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What events are planned for the Platinum Jubilee?

Several events will take place over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, including Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving and the Platinum Party at the Palace.

Other events will include the Derby at Epson Downs, a Platinum Jubilee Contest and the Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Kate Ng full program here:

Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 12:15 p.m.

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Experts reflect on the Queen’s seven decades on the throne

To celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as British monarch, Laura Hampson will speak to royal experts Jennie Bond and Sean O’Grady about Her Majesty’s most memorable moments, the biggest scandals she faced and how she redefined what it means to serve her country.

This virtual event will take place on Zoom on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

You can find out more about the event here:

Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 11:26 a.m.

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Tom Cruise hails Queen’s ‘great dignity’

Tom Cruise has opened up about his involvement in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, saying he admired her “great dignity” and “devotion”.

the Superior gun The star was just one of the celebrities present at the ‘A Gallop Through History’ music and theater event which took place at Windsor Castle on Sunday evening.

“She’s just a woman that I admire a lot. I think she’s someone who has immense dignity and I admire her dedication,” he said.

Joanna Whitehead has the full story here:

Laura Hampson16 May 2022 11:09

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Queen receives standing ovation at Platinum Jubilee show

The Queen received a standing ovation during a platinum jubilee performance on Sunday evening.

Like Joanna Whitehead reports the 96-year-old monarch enjoyed a cast of entertainers including Tom Cruise, Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis and Katherine Jenkins as part of the musical and theatrical event ‘A Gallop Through History’ closing the Royal Windsor in four days Horse show.

The Queen clearly enjoyed the show and during her finale, when her own horses and ponies were led around the open-air arena, she appeared captivated, beaming as the animals rode past the royal box.

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Laura HampsonMay 16, 2022 10:33 a.m.

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