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KATE Middleton has paid tribute to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on the eve of the couple's return to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee, say royal fans.

Arriving at a Buckingham Palace garden party on Wednesday last week, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a mint green Philip Treacy fascinator.

The hat is nearly identical to the design she wore at the Sussexes wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018, which was white with cream roses.

Kate Middleton looked incredible as she matched it to a mint dress with long puff sleeves.

She completed the outfit with a pair of suede Jimmy Choo heeled pumps and a matching clutch bag.

And royal fans think the ensemble is a sweet nod to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are set to return soon for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Read our Royal Family blog below for the latest updates...

  • Lauren Lomas

    Piers Morgan says Meg & Harry want to ‘hijack’ Queen’s Jubilee week

    Piers Morgan last night took a swipe at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, claiming they will “hijack” the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

    Speaking on his TalkTV show last night, the former GMB host blasted: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the southern English county that I come from, incidentally, where they’ve spent precisely three hours, are a pair of undignified, whiney, hypocritical virtue-signalling, selfish wastrels.

    “The privacy demanding, poverty preaching carbon-conscious couple will fly 5,000 miles, spilling 1.5 metric tones of CO2 emissions, accompanied of course by the Netflix documentary camera crew recording their Kardashian-style, reality show.

    “The emissions of most concern to me, however, are the other noxious toxic fumes they will inevitably emit from the moment they land here and make the jubilee all about themselves.

    “And I’m already shuddering at how this fame-hungry duo will hijack the headlines from the woman who should be given them purely to cement their rival royal brand.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Royal family must hold their cutlery in the correct hands

    The Royal Family must hold their cutlery in the correct hands, an etiquette expert has said. 

    Speaking on behalf of Coffee Friend William Hanson said: “Traditionally, cutlery is held with the knife in the right hand, and the fork in the left.  A rule that dates back to when men would carry their swords and daggers in their right hand.  By-gone attitudes also meant that people who wrote or eat with their left hand were considered ‘thick’.

    “Mercifully, we now know this to be a load of rubbish and so it is perfectly acceptable to switch the cutlery (fork in right hand; knife in left) but the cutlery is still held in the same manner: the index finger goes down the fork, stopping before the bridge.” 

    Hanson continued: “For knives, the index finger also extends down the knife, stopping where the blade and handle meet.

    “As so much royal duty involves soft diplomacy over dinners, having control over their cutlery (and food) is an essential part of their toolbox.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Queen’s Jubilee warning as street parties to cause havoc for drivers

    Platinum Jubilee street party road closures could cause “havoc” for drivers, a breakdown firm has said. 

    Green Flag estimated five million people will embark on a holiday or day trip over the bank holiday period.

    A series of events are planned to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, and on the first day more than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will join the parade, starting from Buckingham Palace.

    The company’s commercial director, Mark Newberry, said: “The extra day off means many of us will be planning trips away to make the most of the four-day weekend.

    “We want to ensure everyone can enjoy the celebrations without any added stress or complications, so we’re urging drivers to check their route for any road closures and be aware of any obstructions or pedestrians that may be in the street.

    “Drivers should make sure they are road trip ready by thoroughly checking their vehicle before setting off, and preparing themselves in case a breakdown does happen.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Queen’s troops arrested over ‘cocaine racket’

    SOLDIERS from the Queen’s bodyguard were arrested over a suspected cocaine racket — days before they were due to lead the Platinum Jubilee parade.

    Six serving members of the Irish Guards were held on suspicion of dealing the Class A drug and running a loan shark operation.

    The elite troops, whose Colonel-in-Chief is Prince ­William, had been due to lead the Trooping the ­Colour in red tunics and bearskins in front of Her Majesty on Thursday.

    The guards were nicked on Wednesday in dawn raids in Hampshire, Berkshire, North Wales and Northern Ireland.

    A former sergeant from the Coldstream Guards was also nabbed.

    The group were arrested on suspicion of dealing in cocaine and organising a loan shark operation.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Royal Family ‘united’ against Andrew being in spotlight

    It has been claimed by a source that the Royal Family are “united” against Prince Andrew being in the spotlight – but with one exception.

    A royal source told The Mirror: “Andrew is doing all he can to make amends for the shame he brought on his family for being involved in such a scandal.

    “He wants to make it up to the Queen which is why he is doing all he can to see her as much as possible.

    “The rest of the family, apart from Her Majesty, are united in feeling that he should stay out of the limelight and keep quiet having left such a stain on the family.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    PM pays tribute to Queen

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. 

    Addressing Parliament, Mr Johnson said: “Since the Palace of Westminster was founded more than 1,000 years ago, it has seen war and peace, plague and plenty, the rise and fall of empires and all kinds of revolutions: scientific, industrial, political, ecumenical, stylistic.

    “And almost 50 monarchs – in trying to rank the achievements of those monarchs it must be admitted that not all of them set exemplary standards of personal behaviour and quite a few were removed violently and prematurely from office.

    “But in our history, no monarch has ever served this country so long as this one with the first Platinum Jubilee ever but far more importantly, no monarch has ever served it so well.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Aldi’s Kevin the Carrot is BACK for Queen’s Jubilee

    ALDI’S Kevin the Carrot toy collection is returning to stores all kitted out for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    The soft toys are based on characters from Aldi’s 2021 Christmas advert, which was a Dickensian-style take on A Christmas Carol.

    And now, Aldi is introducing eight new Kevin the Carrot limited edition toys ahead of The Queen’s Jubilee.

    These include soft toy editions of The Queen, Prince Charles, a brown corgi, a grey corgi, Kevin the carrot, Katie the carrot, flag waving Kevin, and a Queen’s guard.

    As with all Aldi Specialbuys, fans of the toys should act fast if they want to get their hands on one – because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

    The toys will be available to order online from 8am this Sunday, May 22, and you can expect to see the collection perched on shelves from next Thursday, May 26.

    Individual toys will set you back £3.99 each, while bundles cost £15.95 and include four soft toys.

  • The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki is the spitting image of Diana

    EVERY photograph that we see of Elizabeth Debicki playing Princess Diana feels like it’s from the archives, such is her likeness to the tragic royal.

    This latest set of images shows the actress filming for the new series of Netflix’s The Crown with her hair in the signature blonde do, gazing down coyly – in a look straight out of Diana’s playbook.

    The classic Eighties power blazer was complemented by an over-the-shoulder handbag as she was snapped leaving Burghley House stately home in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

    The new series of The Crown is expected to hit our screens in November.

  • How to create the perfect Jubilee garden party

    As the UK will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, people will start making their celebration plans. 

    And as summer begins to bloom across the country, there’s no better time to make the most of the sunshine and set up a perfect royal-themed garden party!

    Fulton Umbrellas have put together five steps for creating the perfect al fresco dining experience in your home – from dressing your table to how you can cosy up during your garden party.

    1. Chose your furniture – You don’t need to have a large garden or outdoor area to try out al fresco dining; it’s all about using your space creatively.
    2. Dress the table – Al fresco dining is, by its nature, less formal than indoor dining. There are no rules on how to set up your table, so don’t worry if you don’t have a perfectly matching set of furniture, crockery, or glassware. Perfectly sleek, matching sets will give your outdoor dining space a very modern and clean feel. But going al fresco can also be an opportunity to bring some of your personality into your dining experience. 
    3. Set the atmosphere – Potted plants are the perfect way to bring some greenery, especially if you only have a patio or balcony to work with. And, if you’re planning to extend your party into the evening, a good fire pit or chimenea is a great social place to gather around when the weather gets a bit cooler. 
      If you’ve got young children or the idea of open flames isn’t your thing, hanging fairy lights or dotting hurricane lanterns around can add warmth and intimacy to your space when the sun goes down. 
    4. Cosy up – Adding some soft furnishings around your al fresco space goes a long way to making it more inviting for you and your guests. Soft fabrics – be it cushions, blankets, or tablecloths and rugs as mentioned above – are a simple way to introduce comfort and cosiness.
    5. Enjoy dining al fresco – With everything set, the last thing you need to do is to decide on your menu. A buffet is ideal if you want to avoid going back and forth between your kitchen and dining area, and it allows your guests to nibble at their leisure. British favourites like pork pies and classic Victoria sponge are a staple for any Jubilee celebration. Then all that’s left to do is to gather your family and friends and hope that the UK weather decides to be on your side!
  • All the Platinum Jubilee events The Queen is attending

    Lots of celebrations have been planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a national pudding competition, a pageant along the Mall, a four-day bank holiday and performances in Windsor Castle.

    It is yet to be confirmed which events the Queen will be attending.

    In early May, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the Queen’s attendance at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations may not be confirmed “until the day itself”.

    Speaking ahead of the celebration to the Independent, the spokesperson explained: “The Queen is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on the day itself.”

    However, the monarch is currently expected to attend a series of events held across the four-day bank holiday weekend including:

  • Student speaks of 'pleasure' at seeing her Platinum Jubilee emblem 'everything'

    The student who designed the official Platinum Jubilee emblem has said it is a "pleasure" to see his creation on everything from London buses to chocolate bars and coins.

    Graphic design student Edward Roberts, from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, also said he feels "honoured" to have been invited to the official celebrations on the bank holiday weekend.

    The 19-year-old's design was selected as the winning entry in The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition, run by the Victoria & Albert Museum in conjunction with Buckingham Palace.

    The logo is emblazoned across trains, champagne bottles, teddy bears and even deck chairs.

    Souvenirs from the Royal Collection featuring the emblem, such as mugs, tea towels and umbrellas, have proven so popular that the merchandiser has temporarily suspended orders due to "unprecedented demand".

    Mr Roberts, who has just finished the second year of his graphic and communication design degree at the University of Leeds, said: "To see my design used throughout the country, and further afield, is a pleasure".

  • Harry’s ‘explosive’ memoir put on hold

    A royal commentator has claimed that the Queen has been thrown a lifeline after it emerged Prince Harry’s “explosive” memoir may have been put on hold.

    Daily Mail diary editor Richard Eden said: “As she looks forward to her Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week, Her Majesty may have been relieved to hear that her grandson Prince Harry’s memoirs could have been put on hold.

    “The book, which is likely to be explosive and has caused much nervousness among courtiers, still does not have a publication date, even though it was expected to be released later this year.”

    Mr Eden also noted that the lack of publication date is highly unusual in the book world, and has therefore sparked speculation that the project has been delayed.

  • Work continues for Platinum Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace

    As we fast approach Her Majesty’s Jubilee, work has continued on Buckingham Palace to prepare it for the celebrations. 

    The piece being built was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and is called the “Tree of Trees.”

    He said the centerpiece of the celebration represents “hope, regeneration and optimism”, and also reflects The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), which inspired over a million trees to be planted during from October 2021 to March 2022.

    Heatherwick also said the sculpture “acts like a beacon sending one simple, eternal message that trees are the super-heroes of our towns and cities and matter much more to our lives than we realise.”

  • What we know about Harry & Meghan’s Netflix series

    It was recently revealed that Harry and Meghan will reportedly allow Netflix cameras into their home for a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-style docuseries.

    According to Page Six, the Sussexes have been working with production crews for several months now – despite Meghan’s animated show Pearl being recently dumped by the platform.

    The streaming giant apparently plans to release the series at the end of the year to coincide with the publication of Harry’s bombshell memoir.

    Harry vehemently denied claims the couple would shoot a reality TV show in September 2020, and has previously said life in the Royal Family was like being in The Truman Show.

  • Royal family must hold their cutlery in the correct hands

    The Royal Family must hold their cutlery in the correct hands, an etiquette expert has said. 

    Speaking on behalf of Coffee Friend William Hanson said: “Traditionally, cutlery is held with the knife in the right hand, and the fork in the left.  A rule that dates back to when men would carry their swords and daggers in their right hand.  By-gone attitudes also meant that people who wrote or eat with their left hand were considered ‘thick’.

    “Mercifully, we now know this to be a load of rubbish and so it is perfectly acceptable to switch the cutlery (fork in right hand; knife in left) but the cutlery is still held in the same manner: the index finger goes down the fork, stopping before the bridge.” 

    Hanson continued: “For knives, the index finger also extends down the knife, stopping where the blade and handle meet.

    “As so much royal duty involves soft diplomacy over dinners, having control over their cutlery (and food) is an essential part of their toolbox.”

  • Piers Morgan says Meg & Harry want to 'hijack' Queen's Jubilee week

    Piers Morgan last night took a swipe at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, claiming they will "hijack" the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

    Speaking on his TalkTV show last night, the former GMB host blasted: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the southern English county that I come from, incidentally, where they've spent precisely three hours, are a pair of undignified, whiney, hypocritical virtue-signalling, selfish wastrels.

    "The privacy demanding, poverty preaching carbon-conscious couple will fly 5,000 miles, spilling 1.5 metric tones of CO2 emissions, accompanied of course by the Netflix documentary camera crew recording their Kardashian-style, reality show.

    "The emissions of most concern to me, however, are the other noxious toxic fumes they will inevitably emit from the moment they land here and make the jubilee all about themselves.

    "And I'm already shuddering at how this fame-hungry duo will hijack the headlines from the woman who should be given them purely to cement their rival royal brand."

  • Odds on for rain on Jubilee Thursday

    Bookmaker Coral makes it odds on, at 1-2, that rain falls in London on the Jubilee BaOdds on for rain on Jubilee Thursdaynk Holiday Thursday next week.

    It is 3-1 for it to rain in the capital on each of the days over the elongated weekend.

    "It's shaping up as though the British public will need their umbrellas over the long Jubilee weekend. We go odds on for rain to fall on the Thursday in London, whilst it is an outside 3-1 shot on rain falling on each of the days," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

    Meanwhile Coral are offering 2-1 on next month being the warmest June since records began.

    "It is 2-1 that June 2022 enters the records books as the hottest sixth month of the year ever recorded," said Aitkenhead.

  • Meghan is unlikely to visit her father

    A royal author has claimed that Meghan Markle is unlikely to visit her father in hospital as the “bridge is burned”.

    Duncan Larcombe, a royal author and former royal editor for the Sun, told The Daily Beast: “Meghan hasn’t released any statement and I doubt she intends to go down there.

    “That bridge is burned. If you look at what he did before the wedding, that’s hardly surprising.

    “He has claimed it was naivety, but it was clearly duplicitous.”

  • Queen in Balmoral for short break ahead of Jubilee

    Her Majesty has travelled to Balmoral for a short break ahead of the huge Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicking off next week.

    The monarch has attended a number of high-profile engagements in recent weeks and it is understood she is now pacing herself before the national events start.

    It is believed she arrived at her private Scottish home on Thursday.

  • Aldi’s Kevin the Carrot is BACK for Queen’s Jubilee

    ALDI’S Kevin the Carrot toy collection is returning to stores all kitted out for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    The soft toys are based on characters from Aldi’s 2021 Christmas advert, which was a Dickensian-style take on A Christmas Carol.

    And now, Aldi is introducing eight new Kevin the Carrot limited edition toys ahead of The Queen’s Jubilee.

    These include soft toy editions of The Queen, Prince Charles, a brown corgi, a grey corgi, Kevin the carrot, Katie the carrot, flag waving Kevin, and a Queen’s guard.

    As with all Aldi Specialbuys, fans of the toys should act fast if they want to get their hands on one – because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

    The toys will be available to order online from 8am this Sunday, May 22, and you can expect to see the collection perched on shelves from next Thursday, May 26.

    Individual toys will set you back £3.99 each, while bundles cost £15.95 and include four soft toys.

  • The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki is the spitting image of Diana

    EVERY photograph that we see of Elizabeth Debicki playing Princess Diana feels like it’s from the archives, such is her likeness to the tragic royal.

    This latest set of images shows the actress filming for the new series of Netflix’s The Crown with her hair in the signature blonde do, gazing down coyly – in a look straight out of Diana’s playbook.

    The classic Eighties power blazer was complemented by an over-the-shoulder handbag as she was snapped leaving Burghley House stately home in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

    The new series of The Crown is expected to hit our screens in November.

  • BREAKING: Underground strikes called OFF for Jubilee weekend

    A STRIKE by workers at London Underground stations over the Jubilee weekend has been called off.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Green Park and Euston Tube stations were due to walk out on June 3 in a row over allegations of bullying.

    RMT said if no immediate improvements are seen and the review does not lead to a just settlement, strike action for a different day will be called.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "London Underground has finally seen sense to take the union's arguments seriously regarding workplace bullying and we will now suspend to the strike on June 3 to hopefully reach a resolution quickly."

  • Commentator reacts to Queen's new film

    Her Majesty has given the BBC unprecedented access to her royal and private archive to compose a new film titled Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.

    It is made entirely of homemade footage recorded by herself, her parents, her husband and others close to her over the course of three decades.

    The documentary will be broadcast on Sunday evening, to kick off the Platinum Jubilee week.

    Royal Editor of the Sunday Times Roya Nikkhah said: "Just seen a preview of Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen, airing Sunday on BBC One and…wow.

    "The most extraordinary, intimate, moving and revealing previously unseen home-movie footage makes up almost all the film. Viewers will get a much deeper sense of the Queen’s life and journey."

  • Get your FREE Jubilee Magazine in The Sun this Saturday

    SHE once said: "I have to be seen to be Believed."

    And no one in history has been seen more than Queen Elizabeth.

    So on Saturday 28th May, a week before Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, The Sun celebrates her extraordinary 70 years as monarch – in Photographs.

    This free special souvenir magazine, 70 Years Of Majesty, contains fascinating images from every year of her reign.

  • Royal family must hold their cutlery in the correct hands

    The Royal Family must hold their cutlery in the correct hands, an etiquette expert has said. 

    Speaking on behalf of Coffee Friend William Hanson said: “Traditionally, cutlery is held with the knife in the right hand, and the fork in the left.  A rule that dates back to when men would carry their swords and daggers in their right hand.  By-gone attitudes also meant that people who wrote or eat with their left hand were considered ‘thick’.

    “Mercifully, we now know this to be a load of rubbish and so it is perfectly acceptable to switch the cutlery (fork in right hand; knife in left) but the cutlery is still held in the same manner: the index finger goes down the fork, stopping before the bridge.” 

    Hanson continued: “For knives, the index finger also extends down the knife, stopping where the blade and handle meet.

    “As so much royal duty involves soft diplomacy over dinners, having control over their cutlery (and food) is an essential part of their toolbox.”

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