The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have returned to the US after a short trip to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The family reportedly left the UK ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, with pictures surfacing of Prince Harry exiting a California airport later that day.
The early departure means the Sussexes missed the finale of the celebrations, which saw the Queen make a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the royal standard flag was raised over the residence during the pageant.
In a statement after the performance, the monarch said she was “humbled and deeply touched” by the platinum anniversary celebrations.
The four-day weekend began with the Trooping the Color ceremony on Thursday, followed by a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday and a party at the Palace hosted by the BBCSaturday night.
Full length of the Queen’s statement at the end of the Platinum Jubilee
The Queen issued a statement on Sunday to conclude her platinum jubilee weekend.
“When it comes to celebrating 70 years as your Queen, there is no guide to follow. It’s really a first. But I’m deeply impressed and deeply touched that so many people took to the streets to celebrate my platinum anniversary,” read the statement released by Buckingham Palace.
“Although I may not have personally attended every event, my heart was with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.
“I was inspired by the kindness, joy and connection that has been so evident over the last few days and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.
“I sincerely thank you for your well wishes and for the role you all played in these happy celebrations.”
Her message was signed by Elizabeth R.
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The £79 earrings Kate Middleton wore during the platinum anniversary weekend are still in stock
Kate Middleton stepped out in a pair of gold hoop earrings designed by Spells of Love during a royal visit to Cardiff Castle on Saturday.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is not afraid to re-wear parts of her wardrobe, first wore the Caerphilly-based brand’s hoop earrings on a trip to Cardiff in December 2020.
For those looking for a new addition to their jewelry arsenal, the earrings are still available – and they’re just £79.
We have the details here:
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Prince Charles laughs uncontrollably during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Prince Charles laughs uncontrollably while watching the platinum jubilee competition
The heir to the throne was in good spirits during Sunday’s celebrations and burst out laughing as he watched the pageant.
As a troupe of dancing elephants and zebras filed past the royal family, the Prince of Wales bit back a good old giggle.
He laughed so hard that his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and son, Prince William, leaned over to find out what was so funny.
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“The media coverage of the platinum anniversary makes me uncomfortable working in this industry”
“As a black woman descended from enslaved African people branded with hot irons bearing the initials of royal family members, the last four days of uncritical wall-to-wall reactions to the anniversary have been a gaslighting experience. ‘ writes race correspondent Nadine White.
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Prince Louis’ best moments from Platinum Jubilee Weekend
From screaming into the air while standing next to Her Majesty, pulling faces at the Duchess of Cambridge, to showing off his dance moves, Prince Louis provided plenty of entertainment this weekend.
We have summarized our favorite moments here:
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How the Buckingham Palace balcony became key to the royal family’s existence
The crowd outside Buckingham Palace roared with cheering on Sunday night as the Queen stepped onto the balcony of the royal residence.
At the end of the long weekend, the Queen stood between Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George, who are first, second and third in line to the throne.
As Professor Pauline MacLaren of the University of London’s Center for the Study of Modern Monarchy observed, a royal balcony appearance is “monarchy at its most visible”.
“But they are also at their most strategic. Over the years, they’ve used appearances there – with considerable cunning, it must be said – to emphasize and assert their place in the heart of the nation,” said MacLaren.
We take a closer look at the key role played by the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Queen’s reign. Colin Drury Reports:
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The best royal fashion moments from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was the perfect opportunity for members of the Royal Family to show off their tailoring skills this weekend.
One of the most notable fashion moments was the Duchess of Sussex’s belted Dior coat, which she wore to a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in a crisp white suit by Alexander McQueen at Trooping the Color on Thursday.
We’ve rounded up the best fashion moments of the long weekend. Saman Javed has the full list here:
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Meera Syal shows off her dance moves during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Comedian and actress Meera Syal couldn’t help but join in on Sunday as Bollywood dancers performed during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
Footage of their dance was shared on Twitter, where it received more than 19,000 likes.
Meera Syal dances in the Royal Box during the Platinum Jubilee Competition
“You hear these drums and gotta dance… #itsAPunjabiThing,” Syal wrote on Twitter.
Syal sat next to her husband, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who watched while his wife danced next to him.
When asked by Twitter users why he didn’t participate, Bhaskar joked that he was the designated driver for the night.
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Dan Levy is responding to a meme comparing George and Charlotte to Schitt’s Creek characters
Dan Levy has responded to a meme comparing Prince George and Princess Charlotte to his at the Queen’s Jubilee Schott’s Creek Character.
The young royals made several appearances at events over the long weekend, with one photo appearing to show George, eight, and Charlotte, seven, sneering.
A viral tweet compared the kids to David (Levy) and Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy), the spoiled grown-up kids on the hit Canadian sitcom Schott’s Creek.
“They are her,” wrote comedian Rohita Kadambi while showing the royals and the characters side-by-side. The post was liked more than 134,000 times.
Luckily, Levy saw the funny side and simply commented, “lol” on the post.
Isobel Lewis has the full story:
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BBC apologizes after Len Goodman recalls Nan calling curry powder ‘foreign filth’ during anniversary coverage
That BBC has apologized after Len Goodman recalled his grandmother calling curry powder “alien dirt” while covering the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Sunday.
Len Goodman tells the story of his grandmother, who called curry powder “foreign dirt”.
the previous Be sure to come dance Richter was seen on TV master chef Presenter John Torode tastes Jubilee Pudding, a lemon and amaretti snack created by Jemma Melvin.
When asked about his cooking skills, Goodman replied, “No, honestly, I’m hopeless. My wife made coronation chicken for our tea yesterday and I’ve never had it.”
Grimacingly, he added, “I’ve never had curry or curry powder, you know, my grandma used to call it ‘foreign junk’.”
Peony Hirwani has the whole story:
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