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Queen Elizabeth Travels to Balmoral for Break Before Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II is enjoying the calm before the storm, albeit a celebratory storm. A royal source tells ET that Her Majesty traveled to Balmoral estate in Scotland on Thursday «for a short break» before the Jubilee celebrations begin.The royal source added that Elizabeth, 96, «often travels there at this time of year and stays for a week.» With so much planned for the four-day celebration, it seems the queen is pacing herself ahead of the festivities planned.In honor of the queen's 70 years of service, four days of events have been planned for June, beginning on June 2 with a birthday parade and the royal family's traditional balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour event.According to a press release, the Trooping the Colour will feature the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1200 officers and soldiers as well as hundreds of Army musicians and about 240 horses.
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Miniature re-creation of Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee parade is a big marvel
As the United Kingdom and the world gear up for Queen Elizabeth’s big Platinum Jubilee celebrations, one company is honoring the 96-year-old monarch in a small, but grand, way.Babbacombe Model Village in Devon, England, unveiled a tiny model of HRH and her Jubilee Trooping the Colour parade ahead of the ceremony, which is set for June 2.The intricately detailed figurines feature small-scale horse guards, the Yeomen Warders (the sentries for the Tower of London) and the sovereign herself.In photos, designer Wayne Stott is seen putting the final touches on the queen, who’s seated in a red carriage and escorted by her royal guards on horseback, marching in the parade with their unmistakable black bearskin helmets.The minuscule monarch is sized to be barely larger than one’s thumb, however, it’s chock-full of details resembling the real queen.Eighteen of her Majesty’s Yeomen Warders guards have been spread throughout the model village for the exhibit, which is open for the Jubilee celebrations now through June 19.“Join us to celebrate the marking of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and enjoy our Miniature Beefeater Hunt,” the model village wrote on Instagram. “Try and find all 18 miniature Beefeaters hidden in and around the gardens and all successful young explorers will receive their very own Union Jack flag to take home.”The Jubilee will be held from June 2 to June 5 and celebrates the British ruler’s astonishing 70 years on the throne.
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Queen and Diana Ross lead star-studded Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace as full line-up revealed
Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we could not be more ready.Will we get a repeat of Brian May on the roof of Buckingham Palace? Only time will tell…The stars will join Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli with a pre-recorded performance from Sir Elton John at Buckingham Palace on Saturday June 4 for the big celebration, alongside non-musical guests including  Sir David Attenborough and Stephen Fry.The concert, named the Platinum Party, will last around two and a half hours, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, and will be broadcast on the BBC.Guitarist Brian, who previously teased the news of the band’s involvement, said: ’20 years after playing the Queen’s glorious Golden Jubilee we’re very happy to be invited again.‘Then there was a moment when I wondered… after Buckingham Palace roof where can you go? Well… you will see!’Queen and Adam Lambert will open the festival, which will see 22,000 people attend, including 10,000 tickets to be released to the general public (while thousands of key workers will also be invited).Alicia will then perform, along with Duran Duran, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow, and George Ezra.Eurovision’s Sam Ryder, who made history at the song contest, will also perform.Diana will round out the evening, and said: ‘Her Majesty has and continues to be such an incredible inspiration to so many across the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such a momentous and historic occasion.’Also set to make an appearance are British legends including Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet and Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds.Meanwhile, musical fans are in luck as Lin Manuel
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‘What Great Britain stands for’ Sir David Jason on how the Queen epitomises true Brit grit
Sir David Jason, 82, said Queen Elizabeth has set the “standard of what Great Britain stands for” when he joined the star-studded line-up for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday night.The actor accompanied the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes, Ant and Dec and Dame Maureen Lipman for a segment which discussed what the Queen means to them.Appearing in an opulent room, David proclaimed that the Queen is a “wonderful woman” and praised her for 70 years of service.The Only Fools and Horses star said: “[The Queen] is the sort of standard of what Great Britain stands for.”Speaking over clips of Her Majesty attending her father George VI’s funeral aged 25, David continued: “To take on the responsibility that was handed to her on her father’s death was tremendous.“How many people that age do you know that could do anywhere near what was expected of her.“She showed such metal...a wonderful woman.”The actor then commended the Queen for the dedication she has shown throughout her reign.He applauded: “She is an example to us all about how you can be dedicated to something.“Whether it is your job, to life, to your religion, to whatever.Possibly the most surprising was Tom Cruise who introduced the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.Speaking on stage, the Top Gun actor said it was a “privilege” to be asked to take part in The Queen’s celebrations and gushed that he has “great respect” for the monarch.He said: “It’s a real privilege. I was just very honoured [when I was asked to be part of the Jubilee celebrations].
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‘Remarkable’ Phillip Schofield stunned by Queen Elizabeth’s ‘loyalty’ ahead of Jubilee
Phillip Schofield, 60, and journalist and newsreader Julie Etchingham will host the theatrical area event which will be broadcast live on ITV from the grounds of Windsor Castle today. Speaking ahead of the celebration, the This Morning presenter described the Queen as a “figurehead for Great Britain”.He said: “The Queen is the figurehead for Great Britain, she’s our British symbol – anyone worldwide, when asked about Britain, will immediately think of The Queen, and of course tea.“The duty and loyalty the monarchy provides to the nation is remarkable.”The event will be made up of six acts, each act will be overseen by a different event host – Damian Lewis, Adjoa Andoh, Martin Clunes, Keala Settle, Tom Cruise and Alan Titchmarsh – and will look back through history from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.Schofield, who previously hosted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Etchingham, described the monarchy as “the epitome of British culture”, and revealed he is honoured to be a part of the historic Jubilee celebrations.“What a milestone – it’s an honour to be involved and to be asked back following the Diamond Jubilee,” he told The Evening Standard.He added: “Celebrating the 70-year reign of a British monarch has never happened before, so it feels incredible that we are involved in a key part of history that the British public will look back on for years to come.”Etchingham also shared her excitement ahead of the celebration, saying: “It’s a huge privilege to host these events – Phil and I have done two royal weddings and the Diamond Jubilee together.“They are enormous fun – a little ringside seat on history.”She added: “Her Majesty the Queen has been a constant presence on the national
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Piers Morgan relieved to see Queen ‘back on her feet' after 'concerns' ahead of Jubilee
Piers Morgan took to social media this evening to express his relief over seeing the Queen “back on her feet” again.The star admitted he was getting “more and more concerned” about the monarch after it was announced she would be missing the state Opening of the British Parliament earlier this week.Piers, 57, shared a recent picture of the Queen, 96, on Twitter today in view of his 7.9 million followers. “Wonderful to see The Queen back on her feet and smiling again,” he wrote beside the photograph.The picture was taken from the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which the Queen attended today after missing the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday.Her absence at the event was significant, as she missed the annual reading of the Queen's Speech for the first time since 1963.However, the royal was all smiles today as she was driven to the showground in a Range Rover.Her horse Balmoral Leia, a five-year-old grey dun mare, was announced as a supreme champion in the Highland Class 64 event.The Queen later enjoyed watching her granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor in a carriage display marking the centenary of the Fell Pony Society.She did indeed appear to be “back on her feet”, as the royal was spotted walking around using her stick.It was said that the Queen had been forced to pull out of the State Opening of Parliament earlier this week due to her “mobility problems”. An official statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament.“At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s speech on Her
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'Not good' Piers Morgan warns he's 'getting more and more concerned about Queen's health'
Piers Morgan has warned he is becoming increasingly concerned about the Queen’s health. His fears come after it was announced that she would miss the state Opening of the British Parliament tomorrow due to “episodic mobility problems”.Piers, 57, shared his concerns about the Queen, 96, on social media today.In view of his 7.9 million Twitter followers, he retweeted a post from ex-ITV colleague Chris Ship, which outlined what had happened.Chris, who is ITV News’ Royal Editor, told his 118,000 followers: “The Queen has been forced to pull out of the big State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.”He then shared an official statement from Buckingham Palace, which read: “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament.“At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance.”“The Queen has issued new Letters Patent to delegate to Counsellors of State the Royal function of State Opening of Parliament,” Chris added.“It means this year - for the first time - Prince Charles and Prince William (as Counsellors of State) will open this session of Parliament.”In reaction to this news, Piers tweeted: “This is not good.
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Queen Elizabeth Experiencing 'Episodic Mobility Problems,' Will Not Attend the Opening of Parliament
Queen Elizabeth won't be present at this year's Opening of Parliament. In a statement to ET on Monday, Buckingham Palace announced that the 96-year-old monarch won't attend Tuesday's event due to «episodic mobility problems.»«The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow,» the statement read. «At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance,» the statement added, referring to the queen's son, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, respectively.The statement from Buckingham Palace came after ET learned that the queen has canceled a number of events recently and has been conducting virtual audiences, ahead of her Platinum Jubilee festivities this summer, which will celebrate her 70 years on the throne. ET also learned that the queen won't attend every upcoming Platinum Jubilee event, because the Palace is pacing her now that she is 96. A family source told ET that the queen has been «having mobility issues and as a result her diary has been scaled back.» The source added that it’s hoped the queen can participate in many of the meaningful moments that have special significance during the June festivities, which will include four days of events.The celebrations will begin on June 2 with a birthday parade. According to a press release, the Trooping the Colour will feature the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1200 officers and soldiers as well as hundreds of Army musicians and about 240 horses.
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‘Throw him over the balcony!’ Eamonn Holmes fumes at Prince Harry ahead of book release
t Eamonn Holmes, 62, has vented his frustration at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who recently paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth II in the UK while en route to The Hague in The Netherlands for the Invictus Games, with Harry saying the monarch was on "great form".The former This Morning presenter took offence to Harry’s comment in an interview with NBC’s Today Show where he said he wanted to make sure his grandmother was "protected" and has "the right people around her".Following reports that the Duke is working on a book in which he’ll open up about several of his relatives in the Royal Family, Eamonn said: “He’s bringing a book out where he’s slagging off Camilla and maybe William and his father. “How on earth… why wouldn’t they just throw him over the balcony and her with him?”Previously Eamonn has said on the programme: "And also the sneaky nature with which they got into the country last week and they go and see the Queen whilst his brother is away on a skiing trip. "The funny thing is, I noticed Harry during an interview at the Invictus Games, Harry was so like his father.“He doesn't want to be like his father, but he sits there and he says, 'I think what is happening here, it's extraordinary, extraordinary'.“He keeps using the word extraordinary, which is a favourite word of Prince Charles, when he talks about things. “He is more like his father than he would probably like to be," Eamonn added.Omid Scobie, who co-wrote the book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family, tweeted: "Everyone is entitled to an opinion, especially on an interview made for public consumption. “But you know what isn’t acceptable? Vile ‘commentary’ that only serves to incite violence and hate.”In response to
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‘By trashing her family?!’ Piers Morgan scoffs at Prince Harry's vow to 'protect' Queen
Piers Morgan, 57, took to Twitter this morning to blast Prince Harry, 37, once more in front of his 7.9 million followers.The journalist shared an article, entitled “Prince Harry says he is making sure the Queen is protected”, before laying into the royal. In response to the Duke of Sussex's words about his reunion with Queen Elizabeth II on NBC's Today show, Piers questioned: “By quitting Britain & living 6000 miles away? “By trashing her family & institution on TV?“By snubbing Prince Philip’s memorial? “By writing a book that will ruin her Platinum Jubilee?”Piers’ scathing response comes after the Duke of Sussex revealed the Queen was “on great form” during their recent meeting. The royal has described how he wanted to make sure his grandmother is “protected” after dropping in to see her alongside his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, en route to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands last week.Prince Harry told NBC’s Today show how the catch-up had allowed him to check that the Queen had “the right people around her”. Piers, however, remained unimpressed and his followers also took to the comments to share their thoughts.Ryan Kelly wrote: “I honestly don’t get such the big fuss and commotion about the whole situation.
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Corrie’s Bill Roache, 90, admits ‘really fancying’ Queen as he spills on their 8 meetings
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has admitted he “really fancied” the Queen when he met her.The star, who is best known for playing Ken Barlow in the soap, also shared how he had gone on to meet the royal eight times over the years. Bill, who is set to turn 90 next week, first met the Queen, 95, during his younger years in the army, before his rise to fame in the ITV series.Speaking about their first encounter in a TV documentary, the actor said: “I’ve met the Queen eight times.”“I first met her when I was 21 and I was in the Army and we had the day with her which was very nice.“I really fancied her! I don’t know if that’s heresy but she was very attractive.”The soap actor spilled all about meeting the Queen in his new ITV documentary, Happy Birthday Bill, which celebrates his ninth decade around the sun. Bill, who will celebrate his birthday on April 25, also has “no intention of retiring”. He explained: “People will say when are you retiring? Are you going to take a break? But then what happens?“Whilst I can do it, and whilst they will have me, I have no intention of retiring. “I am so fortunate to work for an organisation that is happy to have me.”Bill has been a part of Corrie since the series first aired in 1960.His character Ken was involved in some major storylines a couple of years ago when the show celebrated an impressive 60 years of being on our screens. Heartbreaker Ken has notably been married three times, even reuniting with first on-screen wife Valerie Tatlock (Anne Reid) 50 years later, and well after she had left the show. Incredibly, Bill is in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving television star in a continuous role.A young Bill joined the British Army and was commissioned into the
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'Got to have some limits!' Piers Morgan warns Bill Maher not to brand Queen 'the old bag'
Piers Morgan, 57, was getting on swimmingly with Bill Maher, 66, until the American comedian and political commentator cheekily nicknamed the Queen “the old bag” while the pair discussed the British royal family.The harsh remark was uttered during Piers’ appearance on Bill’s Club Random podcast, which was released today.While discussing his new role on TalkTV with Bill, Piers reflected on his explosive exit from Good Morning Britain, prompted by backlash over his decision to publicly berate Meghan Markle’s claims about the royals being “racist” during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.Sharing his own views on the controversy, Bill said: “Meghan and Harry, they go on Oprah, which itself… why do you need to do that?“Okay, so the royal family is accused of racism.“I’m sure the old bag’s got to be 100, I mean, she grew up in…”Piers then promptly cut across Bill to tell him off for his throwaway comment about the Queen.He warned: “Can you not call her majesty ‘the old bag’?”“Really?” Bill exclaimed in response.Piers then explained his objection to the phrase, adding: “I’ve got to have some limits for our country. “I don’t mind you trashing our television, that’s fair enough, because you’re right about a lot of that, but the Queen has been on that throne for 70 years.“And actually, I would say, of all leaders of any kind in the world, probably, despite everything, remains the most respected leader of all in the world.”Bill hit back: “Okay, f**k me!”Piers continued: “So you can’t call her offensive names in my presence without me calling you out on it.”“Okay, fine,” Bill conceded.Aside from their clash over Queen Elizabeth II, Piers seemed to enjoy talking to Bill about his controversial departure from GMB.Bill began by praising
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Queen Elizabeth, just like us, cut her hair at home during lockdown
The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe,” is set to be released next month and dives into the pair’s friendship during quarantine.A press release from Kelly’s publishers Harper Collins explained that new chapters will discuss the “royal household’s isolation during lockdowns at Windsor Castle; Angela supporting the queen in new ways, such as cutting and setting her hair; the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral; the first public engagements post-lockdown; and a look ahead at the Jubilee celebrations in June.”The 64-year-old adviser, who has been a part of the queen’s inner circle as her trusted aide since 2002, helps with the 95-year-old‘s dressings, oversees her expensive jewelry collection and acts as a personal assistant to the monarch.The queen made the move from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic alongside her late husband Prince Philip — who died in April 2021 at 99 — and a small group of close staff, including Kelly. This period was known as the “HMS Bubble.”A four-day bank holiday will take place across the United Kingdom this summer to celebrate the queen’s historic 70 years on the throne.‘It tells the story of the royal bubble as well as the lengths Angela and the royal household went to, to ensure the safety of our monarch.’Kelly was given permission by the British Crown to write and release a memoir about her life as part of the royal household.
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Ben Kingsley's ‘vacuum’ of childhood healed by Queen's recognition — unearthed interview
His success, he said in a 2013 interview, was inspired by the “vacuum” of a loveless upbringing.Speaking to the Daily Express, he said: “I had always been the song-and-dance man of the family.“I remember my father referring to me as ‘Our little Danny Kaye’ when I was about seven.“That was the only remotely positive comment I remember from them.“They never praised me or acknowledged a gram of talent.“Their way was to mock, ‘When are you going to finish with this acting lark?’ That sort of thing.”The Queen, he explained, helped heal the scars of his upbringing when she awarded him a knighthood in 2002 for services to the British film industry.He said: “Any kind of embrace was totally absent from my life.“So to be embraced by Her Majesty, I felt like stopping people in the street, saying ‘My mum loves me, you know’.“Because that’s what it felt like, to me.The filling of a vacuum in the universe.”Speaking separately to the BBC at the time, he said: “I told the Queen that winning an Oscar pales into insignificance — this is insurmountable.“I've been nominated for an Academy Award but I will be sitting there, in Los Angeles, thinking I'm a knight bachelor.”He added: “I feel that I am a storyteller and to receive a knighthood is really recognition of that.”He heartbreakingly admitted that, rather than being proud, his mother had been “very jealous” of his immense success.Sir Ben, married four times, has four children and is hugely proud of each of them.He told the Express: “In contrast to my parents their ribs are in danger of being crushed.”Sir Ben has largely cut ties from his past, having changed his name in the Sixties.On the impact of adopting an English-sounding name, he told the Radio Times in 2020: “As soon as I changed
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'Disappointed!' Queen's 'reluctance to use wheelchair' criticised by comedian Rosie Jones
Queen, 96, has recently been at the centre of reports speculating on her health after she cancelled a series of engagements on the royal schedule.Some royal experts suggested that the Monarch had been cancelling events to avoid being seen in a wheelchair.Robert Jobson, Royal editor for Australian television channel Sunrise, claimed that there had been “talks” about the Queen using a wheelchair, but that she wouldn’t want to be seen in public using one.Comedian Rosie Jones has now reacted to the barrage of claims surrounding the Queen’s health in a tweet, in which she claimed that ableism was “still everywhere”.Rosie, who suffers from a disability named ataxic cerebral palsy, said she felt “disappointed” to find out about Her Majesty’s “reluctance” to use a wheelchair.In view of her 181,000 Twitter followers, Rosie said: “Disappointed to read of The Queen’s reluctance to use a wheelchair.“In 2022 ableism and internalised ableism is still everywhere.“Mobility aids are not a defeat.They are life ENHANCING.“Elizabeth love, don’t you want to look as sexy as me and Maureen.”She concluded the tweet with an emoji surrounded by love hearts and attached a picture of herself in a wheelchair waving the Union Jack.Rosie’s remarks sparked debate in her tweet’s replies, with some online users defending the Queen's reported choice to avoid being seen in a wheelchair.Yums0me said: “I hear what you're saying but It's not ableism to want to retain our physical independence as long as poss.“Unless we're in our 90s & used to being very active, we can't really understand how on a personal level, using a wheelchair very much must feel like admitting defeat.” (sic)Minty4President argued: “I think you might be confused.Seeing a mobility aid as a
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