QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE –LIVE: Monarch returns to Windsor ahead of platinum jubilee celebrations

The Queen is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June with a four-day bank holiday weekend.

The weekend, which will begin on Thursday 2 June and end on Sunday 5 June, will see several events take place involving members of the royal family.

These include Trooping the Color, a Service of Thanksgiving, the Platinum beacons, a Platinum Jubilee pageant and a star-studded concert.

With just one day to go until the bank holiday weekend starts, the Queen has returned to Windsor after a short stay in her Balmoral estate in Scotland.

While the Queen has made mostly virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, she has appeared at the Chelsea Flower show this week riding an electric buggy.

Buckingham Palace has said the Queen’s attendance at Jubilee weekend events aren’t likely to be confirmed until the day-of.

Follow our liveblog for all of the latest updates on the Queen as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.


The Queen is back in Windsor after enjoying a short break in Balmoral ahead of her platinum jubilee celebrations.

The monarch’s journey back on Tuesday afternoon faced some difficulties after her 13-seater jet arrived in London during a storm.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the flight had aborted its initial landing due to lightning, but added that there had been no safety concerns for the Queen.

Zaina Alibhai has the details:

Saman Javed1 June 2022 08:15


Good morning, and welcome back to The Independent‘s liveblog following the latest updates on the Queen and her platinum jubilee. Just one day to go before the festivities get underway!

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Thanks for joining us today. Come back tomorrow for all the latest updates on the Queen and the platinum jubilee bank holiday, which is just two sleeps away!


How to get a free Greggs sausage roll this bank holiday weekend

Greggs is giving away free sausage rolls in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The popular bakery chain will offer customers one sausage roll or vegan sausage roll when they order more than £ 10 of food or drink from 2-5 June.

Find out how to claim your free sausage roll below:


Life-sized Queen cake created for platinum jubilee celebration

A life-sized cake of the Queen has been baked to mark her platinum jubilee, containing 400 eggs, 20kg of flour and 20kg of butter.

Social media star Lara Mason, whose Cake Anything account has 2.7 million followers and more than 70 million likes on TikTok, took five days to complete her creation using Victoria sponge.

Check out the cake version of Her Majesty here:


Lego models of royal family unveiled to celebrate Queen’s platinum jubilee

A miniature display of the royal family – including a Lego replica of the Queen which took 15 hours to build – has been unveiled at Legoland Windsor to mark the platinum jubilee.

The display took Legoland Windsor’s model makers around 282 hours to build, using more than 18,000 individual bricks.

See the royal models below:


Queen returns to London ahead of platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend

The Queen has returned to London ahead of her platinum jubilee celebrations this weekend, after spending a short break at her Balmoral home in Scotland.

Her Majesty was spotted arriving at Aberdeen Airport today to fly back to London, after arriving in Scotland on Thursday.


Knitters create life-size woollen Queen ahead of Jubilee celebrations

Here’s something you don’t see every day — a life-sized knitted version of the Queen.

The knitted monarch and a pet corgi were installed in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, at the weekend and villagers have already been stopping to pose for pictures with Her Majesty ahead of the celebrations.

Laura Hampson31 May 2022 14:51


Will the Platinum Jubilee Pageant be really, really embarrassing?

Alan Titchmarsh, Tony Blackburn and Torvill and Dean are on the list of usual suspects, plus the cast of Mamma Mia! celebrating those national treasures, Abba. Oliver Keens finds himself already gripped by a very British emotion.

Laura Hampson31 May 2022 14:08


Who’s your favorite member of the royal family?

There’s still time to vote in our poll on who your favorite member of the royal family is.

Are you a Camilla fan? A Harry loyalist? Or is the Queen your favorite?

Laura Hampson31 May 2022 13:25

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