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Queen 'to be replaced by other royals' at Trooping the Colour for the first time ever
Her Majesty could be replaced by other members of the Royal Family at the Trooping the Colour display for the first time in 70 years.Plans are reportedly being made for senior members of The Firm to stand in for the 95-year-old Queen during important parts of the Platinum Jubilee ceremony, reports The Telegraph.Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne may take the royal salute instead as the monarch continues to adapt her busy schedule around her mobility problems.However it is still hoped that Queen, 96, may be able to attend other sections of the landmark event at Horse Guards Parade on Thursday June 2.On the same day, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.Then Friday June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, before the star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday June 4.Queen and Adam Lambert will perform first at the concert — which will be broadcast live on BBC — while Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and the UK's Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder will also take the stage later in the evening.Hopes of weather fit for a Queen have been raised after forecasters predicted the anniversary of Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne would coincide with an extended spell of warm and bright conditions.John Hammond of weathertrending said: “The potential is there for a lot of rain in some places.
Staggering -12C icy plunge forecast just days away bringing whopping five inches of snow
Temperatures are set to plummet to a blistering -12C in a matter of days as an aggressive wintry weather pattern threatens to bring fresh snow and widespread disruption.New weather maps from independent forecaster WXCharts show up to five inches of the white stuff landing in some spots in the UK from Thursday 10 February to Sunday 13 February.After heavy snowfall in the Midlands on Thursday, a sweeping formation from the Atlantic will then hit Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man in the early hours of Friday before moving into England and Wales later in the day.Patches on Saturday will then be followed by another round of heavy snow concentrated in the north east of England, with temperatures expected to fall -12C the same weekend in Scotland. More snow is set to land just north of London on Monday.The Met Office also expect some 'wintry precipitation' to hit the north, with their long-range forecast from Monday 7 February to Wednesday 17 February reading: "High pressure remains to the southwest of the UK and is expected to push low pressure systems towards the north of the country."This will lead to an unsettled picture for much of the UK with heavy rain, stronger winds and a risk of wintry precipitation in the north while the south is expected to remain largely dry.