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

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

The Queen has symbolically led the lighting of the principal Platinum Jubilee beacon in a spectacular end to the first day of historic national commemorations celebrating her 70-year-reign.

The monarch’s late-night appearance at Windsor Castle rounded off the start to joyful festivities which saw the Queen take to the Buckingham Palace balcony surrounded by her family.

Earlier, the Queen appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with other royals to huge cheers from watching crowds as the Royal Family watched the fly over.

Other beacons will be lit at 9.45pm with pipers across the UK performing the ‘Die Regnare’. Beacons will also be lit across the Commonwealth at 9.15pm local time.

The first beacons to be illuminated were in Tonga and the Samoa in the South Pacific, the final one will be in Belize.

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Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, also witnessed the fly past with their three children, Princes George and Louis and their sister, Princess Charlotte.

Thousands packed the sides of The Mall earlier on Thursday as the monarch made a first appearance alongside her cousin the Duke of Kent, Colonel of the Scots Guards, to take the Trooping the Colour salute.

After 70 years of service for the country and Commonwealth, well-wishers are taking to the streets over the extended bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Trooping the Colour began the festivities and saw the Prince of Wales deputise for the Queen, taking the salute and inspecting the troops as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex join the Duchess of Cambridge and other royals to watch the spectacle.

Good morning

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:03 , Elly Blake

Welcome to our Platinum Jubilee live blog, we will be bringing you the latest on the celebrations underway to mark the historic occasion.

The occasion marks Queen Elizabeth II, 96, who came to the throne 70 years ago, and is Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch.

Four days of celebrations will begin with the Trooping the Colour ceremony at 10am in central London. Crowds are already lining up along the Mall for the event.

The parade will end with an RAF fly-past watched by members of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony at 1pm.

And later this evening, 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK and in the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.

We will be bringing you live coverage throughout the day, so stay tuned...

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Crowds already beginning to line up along the Mall

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:05 , Elly Blake

Dozens of people have spent the night camped out on The Mall to get the best spot for Thursday’s celerbations in central London.

Draped in Union Flags, they have come from across the UK - and some even further afield - to watch the Trooping the Colour ceremony, and a fly-past by the Royal Air Force, Army, and Royal Navy.

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Fan gets face painted ahead of celebrations

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:14 , Elly Blake

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Who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List?

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:17 , Elly Blake

Famous faces in showbiz, sport and politics have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with recipients this year said to reflect the monarch’s “invaluable” qualities to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Sir Salman Rushdie, Sir Quentin Blake, Damian Lewis and Stella McCartney are among the famous names being recognised.

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To find out more click here.

What’s going on today?

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:32 , Elly Blake

The Queen’s four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations are dueto begin at 10am with the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Thousands of well-wishers will flock to the streets of London over the extended bank holiday weekend to mark the monarch’s milestone after 70 years on the throne.

Trooping the Colour is all about pomp and pageantry and will see the Prince of Wales deputise for the Queen, taking the salute and inspecting the troops.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be among those watching the spectacle.

After the ceremony, the Queen will acknowledge the salute of the returning Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment from Buckingham Palace’s balcony.

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Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2016 (PA Wire)

She will then join working royals on the balcony to watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.

In the evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen, who will lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle that evening.

The armed forces will pay a special tribute to Her Majesty, firing a double gun salute to mark the Platinum Jubilee and the 69th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, named by the monarch’s father King George VI, 75 years ago this year, will fire an 82-gun salute from Hyde Park beginning just before 1pm.

While 124 volleys will be fired from the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company - an extra 42 for the City of London - from the stroke of one o’clock.

How can you watch the flypast?

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:36 , Elly Blake

The Trooping the Colour parade, including the flypast, will be broadcast live on BBC One and on BBC iPlayer. Coverage will begin at 10am

The military flypast featuring more than 70 aircrafts are due to appear over central London at around 12.40pm, with it expected to pass over Buckingham Palace at around 1pm.

To find out more about the flight path map, when the flyover is happening and how to watch it live, click here.

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A previous flypast (PA Archive)

Pictured: Crowds lining the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:39 , Elly Blake

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What is happening later this evening?

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:44 , Elly Blake

Later on Thursday, lanterns will be lit across the nation, as well as in Commonwealth countries to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

There is a long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons.

A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration.

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A beacon being tested (PA Wire)

At 9.30pm, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Anchor Chain will begin the ceremonies in the UK.

More than 1,500 beacons will be lit on Thursday evening, with many starting later at 9.45pm.

It looks to be a memorable part of the four-day celebrations. Read more about it here.

What can we expect over the weekend?

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:50 , Elly Blake

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend is getting under way, with the Trooping the Colour parade starting in just over one hour.

The four-day weekend is packed full of official events, as well as cultural and community events, taking place all over the UK.

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Preparations for the Jubilee weekend (Getty Images)

The major events taking place in central London are the Trooping the Colour, Platinum Jubilee Beacons, A Service of Thanksgiving, and the Platinum Party at the Palace.

Find out everything you need to know about the Platinum Jubilee weekend here.

Getting around this weekend: What is TfL saying?

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:53 , Elly Blake

Londoners have been warned to check their journeys before they travel.

Huge crowds are expected to descend on the capital for the four day Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

There will be road closures and some stations will close as well in a bid to manage the large numbers of people travelling through the city

Julie Dixon, TfL’s Interim Customer and Revenue Director, said: “There will be lots to see and do in the capital over this historic weekend and we expect the celebrations will be popular.

“To help people make the most of everything that’s happening, we’re planning to run a normal service with no planned works or closures, including services all weekend on the newly opened Elizabeth line.

“Services will be particularly busy on Saturday night and during the daytime on Sunday. Public transport, walking and cycling will be the best ways of getting around and we’d encourage people to check their journeys before they travel in case of any disruption, either on our website or by using the TfL Go app.”

Harry and Meghan to attend Trooping the Colour

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:57 , Elly Blake

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the royal family at Trooping the Colour as the Prince of Wales deputises for the 96-year-old Queen – who will not take part in the ceremony, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Harry and Meghan will have a prime vantage point with members of the monarchy from the Duke of Wellington’s former office, overlooking Horse Guards Parade, as they watch Prince Charles inspect the guardsmen and officers and take their salute on Thursday.

After the ceremony, the Queen will acknowledge the salute of the returning Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment from Buckingham Palace’s balcony, with her cousin the Duke of Kent, Colonel of the Scots Guards, before she later joins working royals on the balcony to watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.

Meghan and Harry on the royal balcony with Queen at previous event (PA)
Meghan and Harry on the royal balcony with Queen at previous event (PA)

Pictured: Crowds begin to form along the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour at 10am

Thursday 2 June 2022 08:58 , Elly Blake

Large crowds are beginning to form along The Mall, the road leading to Buckingham Palace, ahead of the Trooping the Colour parade which starts at 10am.

People have dressed up for the occasion, with many adorned in Union Jack themed garments, with a sea of flags, hats and more.

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Will bins be collected this weekend?

Thursday 2 June 2022 09:04 , Elly Blake

Away from the pomp and pageantry in central London, you may be wondering whether bin collections will be happening over the four-day weekend.

As the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday gets under way, public services like bin collections may be impacted.

Collection days will generally be affected by the long bank holiday weekend, but in London, the impact will vary by borough.

Click here to find out if bin collection will be different this week.

The aircraft taking part in the six-minute Platinum Jubilee flypast

Thursday 2 June 2022 09:20 , Elly Blake

A six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft will feature Apache helicopters, Typhoons and The Red Arrows as part of the first day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour.

First to appear in the London skies will be the Royal Navy Wildcat, Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache helicopters.

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The Royal Air Force Red Arrows pass over Buckingham Palace at a previous flypast (PA Archive)

The Ministry of Defence said more than 70 aircraft, including aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world, will take part.

It will take six minutes to fly over the crowds and is expected to include more than three times the number of aircraft which took part in the Queen’s last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019.

The display will include helicopters from the Royal Navy and the Army and RAF aircraft recently seen responding to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic.

The flypast will also include highlights from the history of the RAF, with Puma and Chinook helicopters flying over the palace followed by the Lancaster, three Spitfires and two Hurricanes, all operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Pictured: Crowds continue to line the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour

Thursday 2 June 2022 09:30 , Elly Blake

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Macron’s message to the Queen: You are the golden thread that binds our two countries

Thursday 2 June 2022 09:45 , Elly Blake

In a video message to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing the Queen, said: “Madame: During the past 70 years, the President of the French Republic has relied on very few constants at the international level.

“Times have changed, Europe has evolved, our continent is again experiencing war. Through these transformations, your devotion to our alliance and to our friendship has remained, and has helped build the trust that brought freedom and prosperity to our continent.

“Since your first state visit to France, when you were welcomed to Paris by a generation who, alongside your Army, Navy and Air Force, had fought for the freedom we now enjoy, you have visited us many times. You have shared our joys and seen the deep affection and admiration that the people of France have for you.

“You have also visited the graves where so many of your young men lie and seen the respect and honour we constantly pay to those who sent from your homes to protect ours.

“You are the golden thread that binds our two countries. The proof of the unwavering friendship between our nations.

“Your first toast to one of my predecessors, Rene Coty, reminded us that trust and understanding should endure forever. Your words were matched by a lifetime of devotion to our alliance.”

Sinn Fein writes to the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

Thursday 2 June 2022 09:48 , Elly Blake

Former Northern Ireland first minister Dame Arlene Foster has welcomed a Sinn Fein move to write to the Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O’Neill wrote to the Queen to praise her “significant” contribution to the peace process and to acknowledge her “dedicated public service to the British people” during her 70 years on the throne.

Ms O’Neill thanked the Queen for her “warmth and unfailing courtesy” on the occasions when the pair have met and wrote of the “value and respect” she had for the monarch’s contribution to reconciliation.

Former DUP leader Dame Arlene praised Ms O’Neill’s gesture.

“Obviously, I very much welcome it,” she told BBC Radio Ulster.

Dame Arlene, who served alongside Ms O’Neill at the head of the Stormont Executive, said the Platinum Jubilee celebrated three things – the Queen’s public service and dedication; the institution of the monarchy; and the concept of Britishness.

“I think for republicans, like Michelle O’Neill, like Nicola Sturgeon, they have recognised in Her Majesty the Queen the first of those, the fact that she has given so much service to the country.

“They’re recognising that and I think that that is something that is to be welcomed.”

Pictured: Movement on the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour

Thursday 2 June 2022 09:52 , Elly Blake

Police officers have started lining up on the Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which begins in just under ten minutes.

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Willian and Kate ‘looking forward’ to Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:07 , Elly Blake

The Duke and Duchess of Camridge have tweeted ahead of the celebrations.

They said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating and seeing how you’re joining us in marking this #PlatinumJubilee weekend”.

It comes ahead of Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, will take place along the Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade in Whitehall.

The Prince of Wales will be taking the Salute on the Queen’s behalf, which is a first, but the 96-year-old monarch will be on the balcony for the six-minute military flypast, which promises to be iconic.

The parade is due to start at 11am sharp.

We will be bringing you live updates as they happen.

Viewing areas are now full, says Metropolitan Police

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:08 , Elly Blake

The viewing areas in central London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are now full, the Metropolitan Police has said.

They are advising people to “please avoid the area” to prevent any disappointment of not being able to enter the viewing areas.

Let’s take a look at the crowds...

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Protesters apprehended on the Mall

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:14 , Elly Blake

Two protesters have been apprehended on the Mall by police officers as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations get under way.

The crowd booed as they were led away from the scene.

Police said two people were arrested but they caused no disruption.

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‘I’m most excited to see the Queen’, says student Benedict

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:24 , Elly Blake

Live at the Mall is our reporter Syraat Al Mustaqeem who is speaking to spectators as the Platinum Jubilee celebrations get under way.

21-year-old Benedict, a student, said he wanted to come down to Buckingham Palace “to see the Queen”.

He told the Standard: “I was not in London in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee so I watched it on TV and I think living in London is such an opportunity to like come out, it’s a nice day to be patriotic I guess, and to see the Queen.

“I’m definitely most excited to see the Queen, she’s at the top.

“I’m looking forward to the street parties, hopefully the weather doesn’t ruin it. It’s just the experience, it’s nice as its only happens every 10 years so I feel really happy on a bank holiday. I’m relaxed with friends.

“I’m a monarchist so I would support the royal family but I don’t follow their everyday news.”

‘We Highlanders are here to wish her well’ - Army veterans travel down from Scotland to celebrate

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:27 , Elly Blake

Army veterans Ronny, 54, Banffy, 59, and Robert, 46, all of the Gordon Highlanders, said they had travelled down from Aberdeenshire to celebrate the jubilee.

The group said they won tickets after putting their name in a ballot to sit in the stands by Buckingham Palace.

Pointing to the palace, Ronny said: “A wee wifey that lives in that house there and she has had that job for 70 years, and she needs a wee bit of celebration and we Highlanders are here to wish her well.”

Asked what they are most looking forward to, he indicated towards the lunch box they had been given, joking: “The snuff box for a start.”

“The whole event”, he then added. “It’s a historic celebration of Her Majesty.”

The military parade down the Mall has begun

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:28 , Elly Blake

The military parade down the Mall has begun.

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We will be bringing you all the latest updates as they happen.

Stay tuned!

Pictured: Duchess of Cornwall arriving at Trooping the Colour

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:30 , Elly Blake

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‘I’m proud to be a Londoner’ - excitement mounting as celebrations get under way

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:42 , Elly Blake

More from live on the Mall, Sophia Davies, 21, an international student from Los Angeles said “everyone is really excited”.

She told reporter Syraat Al Mustaqeem: “We were on the tube and there were a lot of flags.

“Flag suits and pants and dogs with flags - everyone is really excited to the point where I didn’t really expect all the British sentiment.

“People who want to be here, are here.”

Meanwhile, 64-year-old Sandra Bulquill, from Worcester Park in Surrey, said: “It’s an amazing day isn’t it? I wasn’t going to come and then I thought it’d be criminal not to.

“I spoke to [my friends] and they were coming so I muscled in on their day.

“It’s not just about seeing her [the Queen] it’s the atmosphere. it’s just coming up on the train and seeing everyone - it’s very much the same feeling as the Olympics. It’s just a lovely feeling really

“It’s exciting, it’s quite emotional actually. I suppose I’m proud to be Londoner.

“I’ve watched things before on the telly and I’m like ‘Why have I not gone up there’ - it’s so easy not to bother.”

Number of arrests have been made, says Met Police

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:44 , Elly Blake

The Metropolitan Police have made a number of arrests after people attempted to enter the ceremonial route in The Mall at around 10.10am.

The arrests were public order related for highway obstruction, the force said.

They added: “Thank you to the crowd who showed their support by clapping our officers who returned to their post after dealing with the incident swiftly.”

Pictured: Parade under way

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:45 , Elly Blake

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Please do not head to St James’s Park, urges the Royal Parks

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:46 , Elly Blake

The Royal Parks tweeted: “Crowds have flocked to St James’s Park for Trooping the Colour and public viewing areas are now at full capacity.

“Please do not head to St James’s Park but enjoy the Jubilee celebrations elsewhere.”

Animal Rebellion claiming responsibility for attempting to get on ceremonial route

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:50 , Elly Blake

Activists from Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, said they were responsible for disrupting the ceremonial route before Trooping the Colour.

They tweeted: “Animal Rebels disrupt the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations demanding that Royal Land is Reclaimed.”

The group describes itself as a “mass volunteer movement using non-violent civil disobedience to help the transition to a plant-based food system”.

The Metropolitan Police said a number of arrests had been made.

First glimpse of the Cambridges and Duchess of Cornwall...

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:55 , Elly Blake

Three carriages have left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the royal family down the Mall.

The Duchess of Cornwall was riding alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and all three of her children in the first carriage, followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James, Viscount Severn, and finally the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.

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Prince Louis sat between his older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte in a carriage, with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall sat opposite.

The children, who are dressed in a light blue, navy and white colour scheme, waved to the crowds.

At one point Charlotte appeared to push Louis’s hand down.

Dressed in a cornflour blue dress, Charlotte squinted in the morning sunshine as the carriage left the palace.

Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte are taking part

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:56 , Elly Blake

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children have been spotted taking part in their first carriage procession as celebrations marking the Queen’s 70-year reign began.

Cheers went up from thousands of spectators in The Mall as they caught sight of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with proud parent Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall.

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The traditional carriage procession left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, that marked the start of four day of festivities honouring the Queen’s 70-year reign.

The three carriages arrived at Horse Guards Parade carrying members of the royal family as the Irish Guards played the national anthem on their approach.

The Duchess of Cornwall was dressed all in pale blue as she sat alongside the Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate’s three young children sat opposite.

Roaring cheers rung down the Mall as they passed the thousands watching on.

Pictured: Boris Johnson seen outside No 10 as celebrations get under way

Thursday 2 June 2022 10:58 , Elly Blake

Prime Minister Boris Johnson posed for a photograph with military personnel outside 10 Downing Street as the Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin.

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Which royals were in which carriages?

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:04 , Elly Blake

In the first carriage was the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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In the second was the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Lady Louise Mountbatten Windsor and the Viscount Severn.

The Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were in the third.

Riding horses were the Prince of Wales on George, the Duke of Cambridge on Derby and the Princess Royal on Sir John.

The view from the roof...

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:09 , Elly Blake

Royal fashion: Kate stuns in white coat dress

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:15 , Elly Blake

The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a white coat dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy.

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Prince Charles taking part in Trooping the Colour ceremony

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:26 , Elly Blake

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The Prince of Wales went ahead of the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal as they rode diagonally across the forecourt and under the arches of Horse Guards.

Charles wore his scarlet Colonel of the Welsh Guards uniform and green thistle sash riding a horse named George.

Pictured: Protesters hauled away by police after trying to get onto ceremonial route

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:32 , Elly Blake

As we reported earlier, a number of arrests have been made after activists tried to get onto the ceremonial route on the Mall.

Animal Rebellion, as offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, said they were responsible.

Pictures show people being taken away from the scene.

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Crowds gather in central London as police advise people to stay away from Mall now viewing platforms full

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:34 , Elly Blake

Huge crowds have gathered in central London for the Trooping the Colour Parade.

Both the Met Police and Royal Parks are now asking people to stay away from the viewing areas on the Mall and St James’s Park, which they say are now full.

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Pictured: More of the royals on the procession route

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:42 , Elly Blake

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Next generation of royals take part in the procession

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:51 , Elly Blake

Platinum Jubilee crowds have been treated to the sight of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children taking part in their first carriage procession as historic celebrations marking the Queen’s 70-year reign began.

Cheers went up from thousands of spectators on The Mall as they caught sight of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with proud parent Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Read more about the moment here.

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Pictured: Trooping the Colour procession

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:56 , Elly Blake

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The King’s Troop is riding down The Mall

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:56 , Elly Blake

The King’s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery are pictured riding down The Mall on their way to fire ceremonial gun salutes during the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

The Cambridge children wave from their carriage

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:18 , Elly Blake

George, Charlotte and Louis waved at the crowds from the carriage they shared with Kate and Camilla following the Trooping ceremony.

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Breaking: The Queen has emerged on the royal balcony

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:22 , Elly Blake

The Queen has been seen for the first time as her Platinum Jubilee celebrations are under way.

She is standing on the royal balcony at Buckingham Palace to view the procession, joined by her cousin the Duke of Kent.

She was wearing the dusky dove blue Angela Kelly coat which she was wearing in a photograph released by Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

Prince Charles is stepping in for the 96-year-old monarch for the Trooping the Colour parade, but she will be on the balcony for the six-minute military flypast.

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Queen wears dusky dove blue dress

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:33 , Elly Blake

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We’ve just been treated to a first glimpse of the Queen, who has emerged on the vlacony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour procession.

She is wearing an Angela Kelly outfit, comprising a dusky dove blue Charmelaine wool dress embellished with pearl and diamante trim around the neckline and cascading down the front of the coat.

It is completed with a hat in matching dusky dove blue Charmelaine wool with a turned up brim embellished with a pearl and diamante trim.

The Queen, who is holding a walking stick, is wearing the Guards’ Badge on her coat.

Pictured: The Queen beams as she looks out on royal balcony

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:41 , Elly Blake

The Queen has been pictured smiling as her Platinum Jubilee celebrations to make 70 years on the throne get under way.

The pomp and pagaentry of the Trooping the Colour parade have not disappointed.

Here are some pictures of the monarch enjoying the procession.

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Try not to flood tube stations as they are busy, warns Met Police

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:43 , Elly Blake

The Metropolitan Police has asked revellers to try and not flood tube stations as they experience high numbers of passengers.

They said in a tweet: “As stations are busy, try not to flood them and walk as far as you can to other tube stations that may have less footfall.”

TfL asks customers to alternative stations near to St James’s Park

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:44 , Elly Blake

Transport for London is warning that Tube stations near to St James’s Park are “extremely busy and may be closed”.

They said in a tweet: “As #PlatniumJubilee celebrations in St James’s Park are wrapping up, nearby Tube stations are extremely busy and may be closed.

“To make your way home please use Victoria, Waterloo and other stations.”

Gun salute takes place in Northern Ireland to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:46 , Elly Blake

A 42-gun salute has taken place at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

The 206 Ulster Battery of the Royal Artillery fired from three guns outside the Castle as the crowds watched from the gardens below.

Among guests was Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and former Stormont First Minister Paul Givan.

What are we now waiting for?

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:49 , Elly Blake

We are now waiting for a six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft will feature Apache helicopters, Typhoons and The Red Arrows as part of the first day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour.

First to appear in the London skies will be the Royal Navy Wildcat, Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache helicopters.

The Ministry of Defence said more than 70 aircraft, including aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world, will take part.

It will take six minutes to fly over the crowds and is expected to include more than three times the number of aircraft which took part in the Queen’s last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019.

The display will include helicopters from the Royal Navy and the Army and RAF aircraft recently seen responding to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic.

The flypast will also include highlights from the history of the RAF, with Puma and Chinook helicopters flying over the palace followed by the Lancaster, three Spitfires and two Hurricanes, all operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Cannons fire 82-gun salute to celebrate to mark the Platinum Jubilee

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:56 , Bill Mcloughlin

The King’s Troop Horse Artillery has fired the 82-gun salute from Hyde Park to celebrate the occasion.

The salute followed the Trooping the Colour, the first event to mark the jubilee on Thursday.

A salute was also fired from Edinburgh, Gibraltar, Stonehenge, Portsmouth, Stirling and onboard the HMS Prince of Wales, as well as many other locations.

Crowds flock down The Mall to Buckingham Palace

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:00 , Bill Mcloughlin

In order to view the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, thousands of eager onlookers have flooded down The Mall.

Ahead of the traditional fly past, the Queen was accompanied by Princes Charles and William from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Camilla Duchess fo Cornwall, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne also accomapnied Her Majesty alongside other members of the Royal Family.

Aircraft fly over Buckingham Palace

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:05 , Bill Mcloughlin

The Queen alongside the Cmabridge children, looked on as waves of RAF aerocraft fly over the Buckingham Palace.

Royals view fly over balcony (Sky News)
Royals view fly over balcony (Sky News)

Red Arrows fly over Buckingham Palace

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:12 , Bill Mcloughlin

Concluding the fly past, the Red Arrows surged across London displaying the colours of the UK.

The jets were preceeded by planes flying in a formation displaying the number 70 - the length of the Queen’s reign.

The Red Arrows fly over the palace (Sky News)
The Red Arrows fly over the palace (Sky News)

Prince Louis grimaces during fly over

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:40 , Bill Mcloughlin

Pictures from the fly over

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:44 , Bill Mcloughlin

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Looking ahead to the Jubilee Beacon ceremony

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:04 , Bill Mcloughlin

Following the Trooping the Colour and the fly over, the lighting of the Jubilee Beacons will be lit later this evening.

The beacons will be lit at 9.45pm with pipers across the UK performing the ‘Die Regnare’. Beacons will also be lit across the Commonwealth at 9.15pm local time.

The first beacons to be illuminated were in Tonga and the Samoa in the South Pacific, the final one will be in Belize.

Prince William will light the beacon centrepiece at Buckingham Palace on the Queen’s command. This will mark the final event on Thursday - the first day of the Jubilee celebrations.

President Biden congratulates Queen

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:36 , Daniel Keane

President Biden has congratulated the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee in a video message.

“Your Majesty, congratulations on your Platinum Jubilee,” he said.

“For 70 years, you’ve inspired people with your selfless devotion and service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

“Throughout your reign, the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States has grown stronger and closer than ever.”

First lady Jill Biden added: “Throughout the years, the joy your visits to the United States have brought Americans, and your solidarity with the American people in times of tragedy, have deepened the friendship and profound connection between our countries.

“Joe and I were so touched by the generosity and welcome you showed to us when we visited you at Windsor Castle last year, during our first visit overseas as President and first lady.”

President Biden continued: “On behalf of the people of the United States, we send you our best wishes to you and the people around the world marking this momentous and historic occasion.”

The first lady concluded: “Congratulations, Your Majesty, and have a wonderful Platinum Jubilee celebration.”

PM congratulates Queen

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:00 , Daniel Keane

Boris Johnson has congratulated the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee.

He wrote on Twitter: “ Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on your remarkable Platinum Jubilee.

“The whole country, Commonwealth and world thank you for your unwavering duty and service.

“Vivat Regina Elizabetha! God Save The Queen!”

Storm warning ahead of Jubilee gatherings on Saturday

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:20 , Daniel Keane

The Met Office could issue a thunderstorm weather warning for London on Saturday night as crowds are expected to attend the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace.

Forecasters are predicting heavy, possibly thundery, showers during performances from the likes of Craig David and Alicia Keys outside Buckingham Palace.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “It's being monitored but at the moment there's not enough confidence to issue any warnings, but it's one that's going to be reviewed tomorrow morning as to whether or not we do require a thunderstorm warning simply because of the number of people we're expecting in the capital on Saturday night, so that's one area of slight concern in terms of weather causing some issues for festivities.”

Prince Andrew tests positive for Covid

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:46 , Bill Mcloughlin

Prince Andrew has tested positive for Covid, Buckingham Palace has announced. Due to this, the Duke of York will not attend the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, the palace said.

A palace spokesman said: "After undertaking a routine test the Duke has tested positive for COVID and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow's service."

Gun salute fired from HMS Portland

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:49 , Bill Mcloughlin

Images have shown the HMS Portland frigate firing a gun salute to mark the jubilee from Devon, earlier on Thursday.

The HMS Portland fires a gun salute (PA)
The HMS Portland fires a gun salute (PA)
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North Korea congratulates the Queen

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:32 , Bill Mcloughlin

North Korea says its leader, Kim Jong Un, sent a letter congratulating Queen Elizabeth II as the UK began a four-day celebration marking her 70 years on the throne.

The country’s foreign ministry said on its website that Kim sent a letter congratulating the queen and the British people. It didn't provide further details.

North Korea and Britain established diplomatic relations in 2000 and have maintained embassies in each other's capitals despite a steady decline in bilateral ties.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on state television during a meeting acknowledging the country’s first case of COVID-19 (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on state television during a meeting acknowledging the country’s first case of COVID-19 (AP)

Barack Obama pays tribute to ‘steadfast’ Queen

Thursday 2 June 2022 18:14 , Bill Mcloughlin

Former US president Barack Obama has said getting to know the Queen was among the "great privileges" of his time in office, as he paid tribute to the "steadfast" monarch on her Platinum Jubilee.

He said the sovereign, now 96, reminded him a little of his grandmother when they met, and he liked to think they had formed a "special relationship" of their own over the years - making reference to the phrase often used to characterise the alliance between the US and UK.

Mr Obama, who served as the 44th US president from 2009 to 2017, said he and wife Michelle had not known what to expect on his first trip to Buckingham Palace, but they "shouldn't have been worried".

In a video message broadcast by the BBC, he said: "When you're President of the United States you meet a lot of remarkable people, and you try under all circumstances to maintain your composure.

"But that's harder than you think when you're visiting Her Majesty."

Queen to miss National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

Thursday 2 June 2022 19:44 , Daniel Keane

The Queen will miss the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedralin London on Friday “with great reluctance” after experiencing “somediscomfort” during Thursday’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palacesaid.

Queen ‘experienced some discomfort’ at celebrations

Thursday 2 June 2022 20:05 , Daniel Keane

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the Queen "greatly enjoyed" her birthday parade and flypast in London but "did experience some discomfort".

The statement said: "Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow's National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend."

She is believed to have experienced episodic mobility issues during Thursday's events.

But she will attend a beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle on Thursday evening, the palace confirmed.

It is understood the decision was considered regrettable but sensible due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the service would require.

Watch: Jubilant celebrations across the UK for Platinum Jubilee

Thursday 2 June 2022 20:41 , Daniel Keane

Australian PM says Queen has been ‘reassuring constant'

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:04 , Daniel Keane

Australia’s new prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said the sovereign had been a “reassuring constant”, and shared pictures of a beacon lit in her honour.

He tweeted: “This week marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In her seven decades on the throne, the Queen has been a reassuring constant, projecting calm and strength.

“Tonight, along with 53 other nations, we light a beacon to give thanks to Her Majesty and send our warmest congratulations.”

Duke of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace for beacon-lighting

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:25 , Daniel Keane

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived at Buckingham Palace to play his part in the dual beacon-lighting ceremony with the Queen, who is at Windsor.

The principal beacon is the 69ft tall Tree of Trees sculpture, featuring 350 British-grown trees, which towers over the palace.

Created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the living creation reflects the planting of more than a million jubilee trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative to mark 70 years of the monarch’s reign.

It will be illuminated with 3,500 festoon lights when the monarch symbolically triggers the ceremony from her Berkshire home.

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Queen presented with crown before lighting beacon

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:33 , Daniel Keane

The Queen has been presented with the Commonwealth crown made of silver before the lighting of the beacon.

Pictured: The ‘tree of trees’ design at Buckingham Palace

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:36 , Daniel Keane

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Queen begins lighting of beacons

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:41 , Daniel Keane

The Queen has symbolically led the lighting of the principal Platinum Jubilee beacon in a spectacular end to the first day of historic national commemorations celebrating her 70-year-reign.

The monarch's late-night appearance at Windsor Castle rounded off the start to joyful festivities which saw the Queen take to the Buckingham Palace balcony surrounded by her family.

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chief yeoman places Commonwealth of Nations globe

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:49 , Daniel Keane

Peter McGowran, chief yeoman warder from the Tower of London, carefully placed the Commonwealth of Nations Globe on a stand that glowed purple.

The object - a globe of the world within a crown - has been kept at the tower for safety and other yeoman warders were in attendance.

After touching the symbol of the world, which sat on a cushion, the purple stand turned white and a river of purple lights spread across the Quadrangle and turned white in succession.

Pictured: Members of the public watch lighting of beacon at Buckingham Palace

Thursday 2 June 2022 21:57 , Daniel Keane

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Pictured: A Platinum Jubilee beacon is lit in Cardiff Bay

Thursday 2 June 2022 22:00 , Daniel Keane

A Platinum Jubilee beacon is lit in Cardiff Bay (PA)
A Platinum Jubilee beacon is lit in Cardiff Bay (PA)

Beacon lit in Edinburgh for Queen’s Jubilee

Thursday 2 June 2022 22:06 , Daniel Keane

A beacon has been lit at Edinburgh Castle as part of celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

It is one of more than 2,022 lit on Thursday June 2 as part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee weekend.

At Edinburgh Castle a young army cadet piper started the event by playing Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the Jubilee by Pipe Major Stuart Liddell.

An army cadet bugler then officially announced the lighting of the beacon with a specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty.

At 9.45pm the beacon was jointly lit by the newly appointed Lord Provost of Edinburgh and the army's commander of Edinburgh Garrison.

Pictured: A Platinum Jubilee beacon is lit on Lyle Hill in Scotland

Thursday 2 June 2022 22:16 , Daniel Keane

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Pictured: A beacon is lit at Edinburgh Castle

Thursday 2 June 2022 22:28 , Daniel Keane

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Thursday 2 June 2022 22:34 , Daniel Keane

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