Queen brushes off ‘discomfort’ to light first of 3,500 beacons across Britain

Queen brushes off ‘discomfort’ to light first of 3,500 beacons across Britain

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The Queen symbolically lit a chain of Platinum Jubilee beacons stretching around the world in her honour tonight in a touching ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Putting her mobility issues to one side, the 96-year-old monarch made a third public appearance of the day to launch more than 3,500 flaming tributes to her 70-year reign by laying her hand on a specially created glittering Commonwealth of Nations globe.

The event formed part of a special dual ceremony with her grandson the Duke of Cambridge, waiting 22 miles away at Buckingham Palace where the beacon centrepiece – a 21-metre living ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture – was subsequently illuminated in lights on the Queen’s command.

The monarch was greeted in the castle Quadrangle with a fanfare by the State Trumpeters at the Sovereign’s Entrance, close to her private apartments, at 9.30pm.

She was accompanied by her private secretary, Sir Edward Young, Lady-in-Waiting Lady Susan Hussey and equerry Lt Colonel Tom White of the Royal Marines.

Around 130 members of the Windsor Castle community who had gathered to watch the ceremony greeted the monarch, some waving flags.

The Queen approaches the Commonwealth Nations Globe to start the lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle this evening, despite admitting difficulties earlier today

As the sovereign placed her finger on the globe, bright white lights raced along the Quadrangle towards Windsor’s famous Round Tower 

The Queen touches the Commonwealth Nations Globe to start the lighting of the Principal Beacon outside of Buckingham Palace in London, from the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle

Jubilee Beacons at Windsor Castle that were symbolically lit by Queen this evening – her third public appearance om Thursday

he Commonwealth of Nations’ Globe, a blue globe which sits inside a silver crown on a blue and gold cushion – was specially created for the Beacons project and was placed on a podium by five Yeoman Warders, led by Chief Yeoman Warder Peter McGowran

The Queen was pictured smiling as she prepared to commence the lighting ceremony by touching the blue globe 

Fireworks explode above Windsor Castle during the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon ceremony earlier this evening

A firework display followed the lighting of the beacon at Windsor Castle, which saw the Queen symbolically touch a blue globe before a spectacular illuminous display

Prince William pictured smiling as he attended the Lighting Of The Principal Beacon at Buckingham Palace this evening

The ‘Tree Of Trees’, created by Designer Thomas Heatherwick, at The Principal Beacon at Buckingham Palace

Members of the Yeoman Guard before the Queen symbolically led the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon at Windsor Castle

Projections displayed on the front of Buckingham Palace depicting the Queen during The Lighting Of The Principal Beacon tonight

The Queen pictured departing the ceremony at Windsor Castle this evening – as her grandson William attended a beacon lighting outside Buckingham Palace

The Commonwealth of Nations Globe – a blue globe, which sits inside a silver crown on a blue and gold cushion – was specially created for the Beacons project and was placed on a podium by five Yeoman Warders, led by Chief Yeoman Warder Peter McGowran.

It was created as a symbol representing The Queen’s previous Jubilees and includes elements of silver, gold, diamonds and platinum.

The stones in the Crown signify the coming together of the four nations of the United Kingdom in celebration of the Jubilee and were collected from the top of the four highest peaks – Mount Snowdon, Wales; Ben Nevis, Scotland; Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland, and Scafell Pike, England.

The Queen, wearing a jade green Stuart Pravin crepe coat with a printed silk dress in shades of jade and taupe, walked slowly and slightly gingerly using her by now familiar walking stick.

She sported a special new Platinum Jubilee brooch commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company as a gift to Her Majesty The Queen to mark her 70 years of service.

The brooch was inspired by the four nations which make up the UK, which are represented by four diamond swirls and the national flowers: the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock.

It also includes the lily of the valley, one of her favourite flowers and used in her Coronation bouquet.

As the sovereign placed her finger on the globe, bright white lights raced along the Quadrangle towards Windsor’s famous Round Tower, before – by the magic of technology – travelling up the Tree of Trees in London.  

Sir Nicholas Bacon, Prince William and Designer Thomas Heatherwick speak during the event

The ‘Tree Of Trees’ created by Designer Thomas Heatherwick ahead of The Lighting Of The Principal Beacon

The Tree of Trees illuminated outside Buckingham Palace following the ceremony earlier this evening, where William was in attendance

A Platinum Jubilee beacon is lit on Lyle Hill, Greenock. Over 3,000 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries are lighting beacons to celebrate the the Queen’s 70-year reign

An animated beacon illuminated Piccadilly Circus in central London this evening – part of a chain of virtual beacons also kit across the UK

Fireworks explode above Blackpool Tower during the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon earlier this evening

Platinum Jubilee beacons are lit outside the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool – one of 3,500 that have been lit across the UK this evening

The Platinum Jubilee beacon at Edinburgh Castle as the UK’s capitals mark the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth this evening

Large television screens showed her the scene at her official residence where her grandson was representing her and she watched them intently.

Although it was a short ceremony, lasting less than 10 minutes, it was late due to the need for it to be dusk and came at the end of an extremely long and gruelling day for the elderly and increasingly frail monarch.

Afterwards she turned and walked slowly down the red carpet that had been laid across the gravel, extremely carefully, step by step.

When she was on the more even surface of the flagstones she picked up pace, stopping briefly to acknowledge some of the Windsor Castle residents who had come out to see her, who curtseyed and bowed .

Beacons will now be lit throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth, and sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, and on top of the UK’s four highest peaks.

The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.

The Tree of Trees in London is part of the nationwide Queen’s Green Canopy project to create a ‘living legacy’ to the monarch by encouraging communities to plant thousands of new trees.

Placing the ‘Tree of Trees’ at the heart of the beacon lighting reflects the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes and will pay a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s 70 years of service to the nation.

The Queen was joined by Bruno Peek, who has overseen the Jubilee Beacons celebration.

Buildings in Sydney, Australia – including the Harbour Bridge – are illuminated with a royal purple as the beacons were lit around the Commonwealth this evening

 The city’s Central Business District was also illuminated to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign. Beacons were lit around the world

A beacon is lit at JED’s Star HQ Premises Vaitoloa, Apia, Lepea, Samoa, as more than 3,000 towns and cities mark the Platinum Jubilee

A picture of the Queen is projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace ahead of the beacon lighting ceremony

Gregory Porter performs during The Lighting Of The Principal Beacon at Buckingham Palace this evening

Speaking after the ceremony, he said: ‘What an honour it was, she loved it. She loved the number of beacons as we have more 3,300 across the UK and Commonwealth this year, which is a record. 

‘”She said: ‘More beacons! Every time you do it you have more beacons!’ Which was great, really funny. 

‘It was so nice to be with her again. To be able to stand next to your monarch commemorating a unique anniversary and moment in her life, is such a privilege. It was the end of a very long day for her but she looked like she didn’t want to leave. 

‘I would really like to thank all the people around the world who have put themselves out and made this work for her Majesty The Queen. What a beautiful end to a wonderful day. I am so chuffed. 

‘She was here and she has never missed one yet.’ Speaking about the dual ceremony in London with Prince William he said: ‘Gregory Porterapproached us off his own back. No fee or anything, he just really wanted to get involved out of respect. The Queen listened and it was marvellous. ‘ 

After the beacon lighting Prince William watched as the London Community Gospel Choir and singer Gregory Porter sang the official Beacons song, A Life Lived with Grace, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

Following the performance, the duke told the US musician: ‘Your voice gets even more impressive every time I see you. It’s even more moving. It’s brilliant.’

William joked about where the sculpture should end up, saying: ‘Have you got any ideas where it should go next?’

Porter replied: ‘Hyde Park. One more tree’, with William laughing and agreeing.

The duke wished Porter well, telling him: ‘Look after those vocal cords.’

William also described the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations as ‘a big day’ and ‘pretty impressive’.

Speaking to Mike Bloomberg, sponsor of the Tree of Trees principal beacon, the duke said: “It was a big day today, It was pretty impressive. Did you see the flypast?’

More than three thousand Beacons will be lit by charities, community and faith groups throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Overseas Territories.

Beacons will also be lit by groups and young leaders throughout all 54 Commonwealth countries including cities, capitals, across five continents, to celebrate The Queen’s service to the people of the Commonwealth.

A Zambian woman who was trafficked by her own father spoke of the ‘surreal’ experience of lighting the UK’s first beacon this evening.

 Alina Karimamusama, who works with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, ignited the large brazier at Coutts bank in central London. 

She said: ‘It represents the possibilities that young people from communities like mine, young people like me, can reach when they are given the right support.

‘The work that I do is centred around protecting children, protecting young people, providing spaces for them. 

‘I know what it’s like to be scared and confused and hurt, and not knowing who to trust or who to go to anymore.’

Queen PULLS OUT of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving service: Monarch says ‘with great reluctance’ she will not be at St Paul’s Cathedral due to suffering ‘discomfort’ during today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast – but WILL still light a beacon at Windsor tonight

    By Laurence Dollimore for MailOnline

    The Queen has with ‘great reluctance’ pulled out of Friday’s Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace announced tonight. 

    The 96-year-old monarch, who has been suffering with mobility issues, is said to have experienced ‘discomfort’ during today’s events, which kickstarted the four-day celebration to commemorate her 70-year reign. 

    Howe ver the head of state will still make an appearance at tonight’s lighting of the beacons event at Windsor Castle. 

    The Palace said: ‘The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort.’ 

    In a full statement a spokesperson added: ‘Taking into account the journey and activity required 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.

    ‘The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion.’ 

    The Queen has been forced to cancel a string of engagements in recent months and most recently missed the State Opening of Parliament, symbolically asking her son, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, to stand in.

    But royal aides this week insisted that despite what they describe as ‘episodic’ mobility issues, the monarch is in good spirits and very much in charge behind the scenes.

    The announcement that the monarch will not attend tomorrow’s service followed a jam-packed first day of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which will end on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

    The Queen has with ‘great reluctance’ pulled out of Friday’s Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace announced tonight. (Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II stands with Prince Charles to watch a special flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony Thursday)

    The 96-year-old monarch, who has been suffering with mobility issues, is said to have experienced ‘discomfort’ during today’s events, which kickstarted the four-day Platinum Jubilee celebration to commemorate her 70-year reign. (Pictured: The Queen arrives back at Windsor Castle following Thursday’s Trooping the Colour)

    (From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today

    The Queen smiles as Prince Louis covers his ears during the flypast over Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

    Queen Elizabeth II points as she stands next to Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

    The Queen was joined by other royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony today in front of tens of thousands of cheering Britons amid joyous scenes at Trooping the Colour as her historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations began.

    The monarch, who wore her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit used in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait, exclaimed ‘incredible!’ when she took the salute after arriving from Windsor Castle.

    The royal has been using a stag horn mobility aid in recent weeks and is often spotted with her late husband Prince Philip‘s walking stick – which is dark wood with a marble handle.

    But today, she instead picked a brand new cane, which appeared to have a marble handle and wooden body and which was made by Cumbria-based traditional stick maker Dennis Wall.

    General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, chief of the general staff, had presented her with the gift as a symbol of the British Army’s support. 

    On October 12th last year, Her Majesty was seen using a stick for support in public for the first time in nearly 20 years as she marked the Royal British Legion centenary at Westminster Abbey.  

    Two days later, she carried a stick as she as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd at the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff. 

    The royal has been using a stag horn mobility aid in recent weeks and is often spotted with her late husband Prince Philip ‘s walking stick – which is dark wood with a marble handle. She is pictured today with a new one

    The royal has been using a stag horn mobility aid in recent weeks and is often spotted with her late husband Prince Philip’s walking stick – which is dark wood with a marble handle. But today, she instead picked a brand new cane, which appeared to have a marble handle and wooden body. 

    Elizabeth II and Prince Louis of Cambridge during Trooping the Colour, while little Louis stole the show, the Queen debuted a walking stick 

    Meghan Markle puts her finger to her lips next to Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade in London today

    Meghan Markle is seen with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade in London this afternoon

    Royal fans cheer near Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London this morning

    Prince George (left), Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte bow their heads as they receive a salute in London today

    Following today’s Trooping the Colour, the Queen then returned to the balcony at Buckingham Palace around half an hour later to watch the RAF flypast featuring the Red Arrows along with senior royals including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate and their children. 

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not make an appearance on the Palace balcony but were reunited with some of their relatives as they kept a low profile inside a room of the Major General’s Office at the other end of The Mall on Horse Guards Parade, where they watched Charles inspect guardsmen and officers and take their salute.

    It comes after months of speculation over where the Sussexes would stand and whether they would even attend the Jubilee amid an ongoing security row. In the end, they were only allowed to watch from the room overlooking the Whitehall parade ground after the Queen declared that only senior working royals could join her at the Palace. 

    Wearing sunglasses, the Queen looked joyful as she surveyed the patriotic scenes, giving broad smiles while enjoying the six-minute flypast which involved 70 aircraft, including Apache helicopters, Typhoons and the Red Arrows. Fifteen RAF Typhoons paid a special tribute to the Queen’s reign, flying in the formation of the number 70.

    While Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all appeared, there was no place on the Palace balcony today for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew given that none of them are no longer working royals. 

    From their Horse Guards Parade balcony, Meghan and Harry were seen putting their finger to their lips next to Savannah Philips, Mia and Lena Tindall in an apparent attempt to quieten the children. The Sussexes also spoke with the Duke of Kent, who joined his cousin the Queen for both of her trips onto the Palace balcony. 

    On the second trip, Charles stood on the Queen’s right-hand side and the pair could be seen chatting and smiling. Huge cheers of ‘hooray’ erupted outside and as the aircraft approached, the Queen could be seen looking ahead and smiling. Meanwhile, Louis waved towards the sky and rested his chin in his hands.

    The Queen could also be seen interacting with Louis, who was standing next to her on the balcony. And the young prince was photographed holding his hands over his ears as the aircraft soared overhead. The monarch smiled throughout the flypast and waved at the crowds before going back into the palace.

    When the Queen made her appearance on the balcony there was a delayed reaction from the crowds in The Mall and spectators sat in the stands built for tomorrow’s Party at the Palace. A cheer went up when they spotted her on screens and she smiled as the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment passed the gates of Buckingham Palace. The troopers took around five minutes to ride past as the Queen chatted to the Duke of Kent.

    People pack The Mall as the British Royal Family come onto the balcony of Buckingham Place this afternoon

    Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

    Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wave during the flypast as they stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony today 

    Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour parade today

    Prince Andrew is pictured riding in Windsor yesterday on the eve of the Jubilee celebrations. The Duke of York will now miss tomorrow’s Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Members of the Household Division Foot Guards’ bands march past Buckingham Palace during the Birthday Parade today

    Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte wave to the crowds during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

    The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis ride in a carriage today

    Crowds on The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

    Other Royal Family members had started off the Trooping the Colour festivities earlier today – with the Duchess of Cambridge and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis waving for excited crowds.

    This morning, three carriages carrying Royal Family members left the forecourt of Buckingam Palace and travelled down the Mall. The Duchess of Cornwall rode alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first carriage. 

    George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and three-year-old Louis smiled and waved enthusiastically as they sat in a row, known as a barouche, with Louis in the middle of his older siblings. 

    They were followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn; then the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.

    The nation is embracing the special extended four-day bank holiday weekend of pomp, pageantry and star-studded festivities, which will see celebrities and the public gather in their millions in tribute to the monarch. 

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘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!’

    Meanwhile the Duke of York will now miss tomorrow’s Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen after testing positive for coronavirus. 

    The Duke of York is understood to have seen his mother the Queen in the last few days but she has tested negative – and he has not seen her since testing positive. 

    Andrew, 62, was expected to join his royal relatives at the Service of Thanksgiving in London tomorrow despite him no longer being a working member of the family.

    But, in a dramatic development just hours before the service, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said this afternoon: ‘After undertaking a routine test The Duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service.’ 

    Andrew was not on the Buckingham Palace balcony today for the Flypast after the Queen limited those appearing alongside her to working members of her family.

    Prince Louis steals the show! Mischievous young royal takes centre stage as he chats constantly to the Queen on balcony, picks his nose and even barges past Her Majesty

    By Maria Chiorando and Jessica Green for MailOnline

    Prince Louis took centre stage at today’s London Platinum Jubilee celebrations, stealing the scene with his mischievous antics as he was snapped pulling faces and picking his nose during Trooping the Colour.

    Louis, four, who is the youngest of the Cambridge children, was also photographed waving enthusiastically at bystanders earlier in the day, as he joined his siblings Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, in a carriage ride down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

    However, his most attention-grabbing moments came courtesy of the obviously strong bond he shares with his great-grandmother, the Queen, who was seen chatting to the youngster during the flypast, seemingly in an effort to distract him from the loud noise of the aircraft. 

    And Louis seemed entranced, looking up inquisitively at the monarch, and seeking out her attention. At one point, he even broke away from his mother Kate Middleton, 40, to barge past the Queen, much to the bemusement of the Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla. 

    According to a lipreader, during the noisy flypast, as Louis was seen trying to squeeze past the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony, Kate said to Camilla: ‘He really is trying to squeeze by!’ 

    The Queen is affectionately known as ‘Gan Gan’ by the Cambridge children – after Prince George created the adorable nickname for his great-grandmother aged two.

    Meanwhile, ensuring they remain close to Her Majesty, the Cambridges’ county home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk is located in the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, while London-based William and Kate ‘will move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the Queen’, it was reported last month.

    Prince Louis (pictured right) took centre stage at today’s London Platinum Jubilee celebrations, stealing the scene with his mischievous antics as he was snapped pulling faces and picking his nose during Trooping the Colour 

    At times, the occasion seemed like too much for the four-year-old, who was snapped pulling a range of faces (pictured) during his public appearance

    Louis, four, who is the youngest of the Cambridge children, was also photographed waving enthusiastically at bystanders earlier in the day, as he joined his siblings Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte (pictured together), seven, in a carriage ride down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen’s Birthday Parade

    Louis (pictured, centre) appears to shared a special bond with his great-grandmother the Queen, who was seen entertaining the young royal during Trooping the Colour

    At one point while watching Trooping the Colour, the young royal appeared to be overwhelmed by the noise, and was seen covering his ears while shouting

    After his animated carriage ride, the four-year-old prince (pictured, centre) still had plenty of energy, and was snapped frowning as he saluted while watching Trooping the Colour with his big sister Princess Charlotte (picture, right) on a balcony at Horseguards Parade

    The Queen stands with members of the Royal Family to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace today

    (From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today

    People pack The Mall as the British Royal Family come onto the balcony of Buckingham Place this afternoon

    The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London today

    A body language expert today said Louis and the Queen share a ‘childlike excitement’ and ‘natural bond’ following their ‘chatty and animated’ display together during the balcony appearance.

    Judi James told FEMAIL that ‘Louis made this conversation [with the monarch] look like the most natural thing in the world and his lack of anything bordering on fear suggested these two might share a rather close friendship based on shared fun behind the scenes, too.’

    As the planes flew overhead during today’s occasion, Kate said to Louis: ‘It’s so cool look at that.’ Meanwhile, speaking to her great grandson, the Queen said: ‘Look up at all that smoke!’, according to lip-reader Juliet Sullivan.

    After the flypast, she turned back to the young royal, and added: ‘Let’s go it’s finished now. That really was wonderful, so incredible.’

    The Queen and Prince Louis shared ‘childlike excitement’ and have a ‘natural bond’, claims body language expert

    The Queen and Prince Louis shared ‘childlike excitement’ when on the Buckingham Palace balcony together for the historic Trooping the Colour today, according to a body language expert.

    ‘A rather charming dynamic was unveiled from a slightly surprising source today,’ said Judi James. 

    ‘While the Queen’s empathetic and destiny-based bonds with George are well documented, her indulgence, warmth and an almost childlike shared excitement with Louis hasn’t really been seen before.

    ‘Looking so much like Charles at his mother’s coronation, Louis rushed forward to lean on the balcony before becoming impatient as he waited to see the fly-past. While Kate bent to speak to him several times or stroked his hair in a soothing gesture, the Queen’s glances suggested affection and approval.

    ‘The bond between the two looked natural and ongoing. While the other royals displayed signals of anxiety or tension in a bid to get it right for the “boss” they clearly still respect, Louis stepped in front of the Queen before tilting his head back to engage her in some animated conversation as they waited for the Red Arrows.

    ‘Louis made this conversation look like the most natural thing in the world and his lack of anything bordering on fear suggested these two might share a rather close friendship based on shared fun behind the scenes, too.’

    The young royal’s performance did not go unnoticed, with people taking to social media in their droves to brand Louis a ‘mood’, and create memes featuring images from the day. 

    Louis’ attention-grabbing actions on the balcony followed his eventful ride down The Mall earlier that morning.

    He’d travelled to the Palace in a horse-drawn carriage with his mother mother Kate Middleton, 40, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74 as well as his siblings George and Charlotte.

    Video footage of the journey appears to show Charlotte ticking off her younger brother for waving too much at the assembled crowds. 

    A clip of the children shows the seven-year-old princess asking Prince Louis to ‘stop waving!’ as they made their journey through the crowds.

    This prompted a minor squabble between the youngest two royals in the carriage, while their elder brother Prince George looks on.

    However, despite being told off by his sister, Louis continued to wave animatedly at bystanders, though all three children were snapped showing respect for their great grandmother.

    The Cambridge children dutifully bowed their heads when the national anthem was played on their arrival into Horse Guards Parade. 

    Louis was the spitting image of his father Prince William at Trooping the Colour; the four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked adorable in a white sailor suit that is identical to one worn by a two-year-old Prince William to the same event in 1985.

    Some royal watchers have suggested it could even be the same suit, perfectly preserved for almost 40 years. The Royal Family are known for their love of recycling and handing down clothing, so there is every chance it could be the same.

    Eight-year-old Prince George, the future king, was given a more grown-up outfit, wearing a smart navy suit with a shirt and blue tie. 

    Meanwhile Princess Charlotte wore a pretty periwinkle blue dress with floaty capped sleeves, adding a matching bow in her hair. 

    At one point when Louis was watching Trooping the Colour with his siblings and cousins he even mimicked his father by pointing out something – just as William did with his cousin Zara in 1985. 

    The young royal appeared to have won a legion of fans thanks to his outgoing behaviour, with many taking to social media to brand the youngster a ‘mood’

    The Queen was spotted travelling from Windsor Castle by car for today’s event, while other members of the Firm made public appearances in horse-drawn carriages, with three leaving the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family down The Mall this morning.

    The first carriage took the Cambridge children, as well as Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall.

    They were followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn; then the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.

    The royals, including the Wessexes, watched Trooping the Colour from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.

    Among their number were Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, who have travelled to the UK with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday. 

    The Duchess stepped out in an elegant navy blue dress and a dramatic wide-brimmed white hat with an oversized navy bow by British milliner Stephen Jones.

    The mother-of-two was spotted entertaining Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, and Mike and Zara Tindall’s girls Mia, eight, and Lena, three, as they grew bored of watching the military display. 

    Meghan pouted, gasped and beamed as she put on an animated display in the window, with Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi watching from behind. At one point the Duchess put a finger to her mouth to ‘shush’ cheeky Mia Tindall, who was on typically boisterous behaviour.

    Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities. 

    The young Cambridge siblings (pictured, L-R) George, Louis, and Charlotte were joined by Mia Grace Tindall (far right) and Princess Beatrice (top) while they watched Trooping the Colour

    Prince Louis (pictured, centre) was snapped pulling faces while he waved animatedly at the crowd while riding a horse-drawn carriage down the Mall during today’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

    The oldest Cambridge child, Prince George, eight (pictured, left) appeared to wince as Prince Louis waved at bystanders while pulling a face from his horse-drawn carriage

    The Duchess of Cornwall looks to be enjoying sharing the carriage with children George, Charlotte and Louis, and sitting opposite Charlotte pointing at something in the crowd

    Despite the animated carriage ride, all three children showed respect to the great-grandmother, bowing their heads as the national anthem played

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, took a starring role in the royal carriage as they arrive alongside their mother the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall today at the start of Trooping the Colour

    The four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked adorable in a white sailor suit (right) that is strikingly similar to worn by the Duke of Cambridge, then aged two, to the military event in 1985 (left)

    Childhood memories: Prince William, then almost three, with his cousin Zara Phillips (left) and Davina Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 1985

    Charles took the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards was trooped and inspected the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf.

    Prince Andrew has been entirely cut out of proceedings and will not appear during any part of the day.

    Following Trooping the Colour, the royal carriages made the return journey down the Mall in preparation of the flypast. 

    The Queen, 96, exclaimed ‘incredible!’ as sh e stepped out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony to take the return salute.

    She was joined on the balcony by her dutiful cousin, the Duke of Kent, who carries out engagements on behalf of the Royal Family. 

    After a brief interlude inside, the Queen re-emerged at 1pm to observe the flypast.

    In order to avoid any awkwardness surrounding the presence of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew, the Queen decreed that only working members of the Royal Family would join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast.

    Sophie Wessex looked  typically elegant in a pink gingham ensemble while Prince Edward wore military dress uniform

    Lady Louise looked perfectly poised as she rode in a carriage with her brother James, 14, pictured, and her parents

    Despite not yet being old enough to be a senior working member of the royal family, Lady Louise was invited to join in the celebrations alongside her parents and brother

    The balcony appearance, which is often seen as the centrepiece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Colour and weddings, previously saw the Queen’s extended family gather to watch a flypast and is a rare chance for fans to see the entire extended family together. 

    In 2019, there were 40 members of the family present, including her grandchildren and their families, as well as more distant relatives like her cousins’ children. 

    But this year just 17 members of her family were present: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, The Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

    The Royal Family have now finished this portion of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, although they will make other appearances over the course of the next four days. 

    The Queen smiles as members of the Royal Family attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

    Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wave during the flypast as they stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony today 

    The Queen points as she stands next to Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

    Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour parade today

    It is a particularly significant trip for the Duchess of Sussex. 

    Meghan has not seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while Prince Harry only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.

    The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 when the atmosphere could not have been more awkward. 

    William and Kate virtually blanked Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.

    Fortunately William, who has been most deeply affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his hurt, was not forced to greet the couple in public. 

    Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were seen speaking to the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent during Trooping the Colour 

    The Duchess of Sussex put on an animated display with Savannah Phillips (left), her sister Isla (behind) and Lena Tindall 

    Meghan Markle, 40, joined her husband Prince Harry, 37, and senior royal family members to watch the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground

    The Duchess of Sussex put on a showstopping display as she made her first royal appearance in two years at Trooping the Colour

    The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike

    Charles is taking the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and inspect the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf. He is joined by his elder son and sister, with all three on horseback

    The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession as he leaves Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour today

    Princess Anne, Princess Royal rides horseback during the Trooping the Colour parade in London this morning

    Brigade major James Shaw (centre, top) leads members of the Household Cavalry to Horse Guards Parade this morning

    Soldiers taking part in the parade along The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade today

    Crowds of people line The Mall as they watch members of the Royal Family appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony today

    People gather along The Mall for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London this morning

    Jubilee security alert as police tackle vegan Animal Rebellion activists holding signs saying ‘Reclaim Royal Land’ after they break through barriers at The Mall moments before Trooping the Colour

    Police swooped on up to 25 protesters who smashed through security measures on the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour.

    The officers pounced as they raced over barriers to where the parade will be held shortly.

    Incredibly two of the protesters – who were from Animal Rebellion – were able to sit in the middle of the Mall as the marching band approached.

    Incredibly two of the protesters – who were from Animal Rebellion – were able to sit in the middle of the Mall for seconds

    There were a total of around 25 people who had been intending to sit down in the middle of the Mall to disrupt the route

    Officers hauled them out of the way as the musicians walked by them avoiding them completely.

    Minutes later they proudly tweeted: ‘Animal Rebels disrupt the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations demanding that Royal Land is Reclaimed.

    ‘This summer, we’re taking bigger action against the Dairy industry than ever before, and we need you.’

    Beau King Houston, amongst those taking action, said: ‘The Royal family has had decades to lead the way on a just transition to plant-based farming and has failed to do so.

    ‘This transition is common sense and simple, we all win. 76 per cent of currently farmed land could be rewilded and absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

    ‘This would restore nature, spare billions of animals, and present a solution to the climate emergency, all in one act.’

    The activists have accused the Crown – one of the largest land owners in the country – continuing to support the meat, fishing, and dairy industry.

    Protesters say these sectors and industries are leading contributors to the climate crisis.

    A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: A number of arrests have been made of people who attempted to enter the ceremonial route in The Mall at approximately 10.10am today.

    ‘The arrests were public order related for highway obstruction.’

    And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she made a point of breaking the ice and speaking to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

    Harry and Meghan are staying with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They had always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their participation with Trooping is seen as an additional olive branch from Her Majesty.   

    Yesterday, the Queen sent a car and a security detail to collect Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet after their private jet landed in the UK from California, ahead of her celebrations. 

    Lilibet has never been in the UK – or met any of her British family – while Archie, who was born in Britain, has not been here since he was a baby. 

    In the latest sign that hostilities between The Firm and the Sussexes are thawing, Her Majesty’s Land Rover greeted the family and their children at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire before taking them to Frogmore Cottage.

    An insider told The Sun that ‘the Queen believed it was the right thing to do’ to send her car to meet her grandson and his family. 

    The couple’s Embraer private jet landing at Farnborough, and the Queen’s black Land Rover – escorted by a Volkswagen people carrier – driving onto the tarmac.

    It is thought the family were believed to have got into the blacked-out VW car, and that they travelled without their customary entourage or senior staff working for their Archewell charity. 

    It also said Netflix camera crews – who have been following the couple for an £11million documentary – stayed behind.

    Harry, Meghan and their two children were not given a police escort for the 40-minutes drive from Farnborough to Windsor.

    Lilibet will turn one on Saturday, with a party expected at Frogmore likely to be attended by royals such as Princess Eugenie, who is close to Harry and Meghan, and the Queen could also pop in if she doesn’t attend the Epsom Derby.

    It will be the first time the monarch will meet the great-granddaughter named after her. 

    But Prince William and Kate will not be there because they will be representing Her Majesty in Cardiff as senior working royals are sent to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

    The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London was the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend. 

    The event drew huge crowds, with thousands of people draped in Union Jack flags, party hats and plastic tiaras lined The Mall in the warm sunshine today. 

    Some of those at the front brought camping chairs, having arrived over the past few days to get the best spot, and spirits were high as members of the public chatted and joked with police maintaining the perimeter.

    However, police then swooped on four intruders who tried to smash through security on The Mall. Two of the protesters – who were from Animal Rebellion – were able to sit in the middle of the road as the marching band approached.

    Officers hauled them out of the way as the musicians walked by them, avoiding them completely.

    The Irish Guards were among the first to arrive at a march at Horse Guards Parade this morning in front of the sitting crowds in the bright sunshine, led by their mascot, an Irish Wolfhound called Seamus. 

    And as huge crowds descended on the capital to witness the historic weekend, police and park authorities said the areas were full.

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

    ‘To avoid the disappointment of not being able to enter the viewing areas please avoid the area.’

    And the Royal Parks added: ‘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.’ 

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