Queen Elizabeth health news – Huge boost as Her Maj WILL attend major event next week despite garden party blow

THE Queen will make a rare public appearance next week after announcing she'd miss the first Palace garden parties in three years.

The Royal Family has announced the garden parties will be returning for the first time since Covid to mark the Platinum Jubilee- although the Queen will not be attending.

But it's been revealed The Queen will attend the state opening of Parliament and set out the government's proposed legislation.

A spokesman from Buckingham Palace said although she plans to attend Tuesday's event, a final decision will not be known until the day itself. 

Four parties will take place in the coming weeks. The format of the events means that the Queen would have had to stand for more than an hour and move down the lines greeting visitors.

No reason has yet been given as to why Her Majesty won’t greet guests at the outdoor events in May and June, although she has recently had issues with her mobility.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    New award for Queen’s Jubilee

    In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a new award for volunteering has been introduced.

    The one-off addition to the annual Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will select 20 winners from charities helping 16 to 25-year-olds across the UK. 

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the award will celebrate the “important work” to “empower young people”. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    Great British sizzler forecast for Queen’s Jubilee

    Forecasters are predicting a 30C sizzler for the Queen’s Jubilee, with temperatures potentially reaching highs of 30C.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza, helping sun-starved Brits celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

    Weather maps show the UK burning a deep orange over the celebratory period – and meteorologists reckon the mercury could top 30C in some parts.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate becomes patron of organisation working to support mental health of mothers

    The Duchess of Cambridge has said no mother is "immune to experiencing anxiety and depression" as she became patron of a "fantastic organisation" supporting the mental health of women.

    Kate said it was crucial for those "struggling" to be given the "right support at the right time" and also urged society to play its part, saying everyone needed to help "parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today".

    Her words were spoken in a video message recorded to mark her new role as patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), announced during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which ends on Sunday.

    The MMHA is a UK-wide charity and network of more than 100 organisations, working to ensure women and families affected by perinatal mental health problems have access to high-quality comprehensive care and support.

    The duchess said in her video, the message of the week was about the "power and importance of connection" and how the past two years had reminded everyone about the role of relationships in long-term health and happiness, especially at the start of life for infants.

    She added: "But we all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first months and years of a child's life can be hugely demanding. Parents often feel lonely and overwhelmed by these early years.

    "Around 20% of women in the UK are reported to experience perinatal mental illness. Sadly, we also know that many more are suffering in silence. No one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression during this time.

    "It is crucial, therefore, that all those who might be struggling are given the right support at the right time, so that they're able to share these feelings without fear of judgment and can access the information, care and support they need to recover."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen won’t attend any of the Buckingham Palace garden parties this year 

    THE Queen will not be attending any of the garden parties this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

    No reason has yet been given as to why Her Majesty won't greet guests at events in May and June, although she has recently had issues with her mobility.

    Four parties will take place in the coming weeks. The format of the events means that the Queen would have had to stand for more than an hour and move down the lines greeting visitors.

    A statement released this morning reads: "Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s Garden Parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course. 

    "The Queen has given permission for the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party to be hosted by the Princess Royal, as the charity’s patron, in the Buckingham Palace Garden on Thursday, May 12."

    The Not Forgotten Association provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William reveals he is a ‘secret clubber’ 

    Prince William has revealed he is a "secret clubber" – with a host of favourite anthems to his name.

    The Duke of Cambridge, 39, may no longer have time to hit the clubs as a dad-of-three and future king.

    But his love of early 2000s dance music remains firmly intact, The Times reports.

    The duke reeled off his favourite dance tracks while presenting DJ Simon Mayo his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

    The DJ, WHO presents a daily show on Greatest Hits Radio (GHR), said he mentioned his love of the rave classic Insomnia by Faithless as well as Spiller's Groovejet, featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

    Of the moment William handed him his award for services to radio broadcasting, Mayo said: “I suggested that he was clearly a bit of a clubber.

    “He said maybe a secret clubber. I plugged Drivetime on GHR obviously [and] suggested he was just the right age to be joining us.”

  • Louis Allwood

    New award for Queen's Jubilee

    In celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee a new award for volunteering has been introduced.

    The one-off addition to the annual Queen's Award for Voluntary Service will select 20 winners from charities helping 16 to 25-year-olds across the UK. 

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the award will celebrate the "important work" to "empower young people". 

  • Louis Allwood

    Central London to welcome new look for Jubilee

    Hundreds of Union Jacks will appear in central London to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    Celebrations will take place across Regent Street and St James's in London with musicians, artists, craftsmen, and food-makers forming a British fete.

    On Saturday, June 4, Jermyn Street will also be closed to traffic for a British street party.

    Large screens are being installed in the public piazza on St Jame's Market to broadcast the Jubilee concert.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate ‘most similar’ to Princess Diana

    A body language expert has claimed that The Duchess of Cambridge’s “confident” appearance reveals how similar she is to Princess Diana.

    Kate presented the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at an event for the British Fashion Council this week.

    Analysing her body language, Darren Stanton said the Duchess “doesn’t lack confidence” without the Duke of Cambridge.

    Speaking on behalf of Betfair Casino he added: “It’s clear that Kate is one of the most popular members of the senior Royal family now, who is able to connect with those from all walks of life and ages because of her sincerity and genuineness.

    “It’s easy to see the similarities between Kate and Princess Diana and we haven’t seen a member of the royal family emulate or encapsulate the popularity and empathy that Diana had as Kate has done in recent years”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate and William’s next joint engagement confirmed

    Kate Middleton and Prince William look set to attend a poignant event next week.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Manchester on May 10 to officially open the Glade of Light Memorial.

    The memorial has been built to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack that took place at Manchester Arena on May 22 2017.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan left humiliated

    MEGHAN Markle has been left humiliated after her “woke bubble” was “burst” by Netflix axing her series, a writer has sensationally claimed.

    Over the weekend it was announced Meghan’s upcoming animated series Pearl was quietly dumped by Netflix.

    Prince Harry‘s wife served as executive producer on the show, working with a number of bigwigs including David Furnish, Elton John‘s husband.

    But writing for The Telegraph, Matthew Lynn said the Duchess’ “dire-sounding Pearl was a perfect example” of how Netflix’ has “been captured by a brand of preachy, politically correct, woke programming that is at risk of driving away audiences”.

    He suggests Pearl’s drop from Netflix demonstrates how streaming companies “are starting to work out that sanctimonious woke programming doesn’t pull in the viewers.”

    Lynn continued: “Dull, worthy, preachy, and sermonising (what were the chances that the inspiring female leaders featured would include an animated Mrs Thatcher discussing the importance of controlling inflation, or indeed a CGI Queen Elizabeth I on the making of the modern world in Tudor England? I am just taking a wild guess here, but possibly not very high), it embodied the worst of Woke-flix.

    “But it goes a lot deeper than that. Very soon the entertainment industry will have to get back to being what it should have always remained: an entertainment industry.

    “Its values should be neither right or left of centre, and with a few obvious boundaries such as preventing racism or sexism, it shouldn’t promote any political agenda.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Desmond’s actor expresses joy as he picks up CBE

    Actor and musician Ram John Holder, 88, also collected his CBE at the ceremony today.

    The 88-year-old, who is best known for playing Porkpie in the TV series Desmond’s, said: “It is just beyond one’s dreams of what one can achieve – professionally I’m talking about – and of course the award, the accolade.

    “I couldn’t have pictured it better.”

    The actor later added: “I’m an old person now but it would be fantastic to dig up my parents’ grave and say: ‘Mummy and Daddy, look what’s happened to your boy.’

    “It’s a lifetime achievement. It means a sort of cap – not an end because I still have a few more years and work to do – but it has meant total fulfilment for the work that we have done and the recognition and I’m very, very happy.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Great British sizzler forecast for Queen’s Jubilee

    Forecasters are predicting a 30C sizzler for the Queen’s Jubilee, with temperatures potentially reaching highs of 30C.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza, helping sun-starved Brits celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

    Weather maps show the UK burning a deep orange over the celebratory period – and meteorologists reckon the mercury could top 30C in some parts.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen won’t attend any of the Buckingham Palace garden parties this year 

    THE Queen will not be attending any of the garden parties this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

    No reason has yet been given as to why Her Majesty won't greet guests at events in May and June, although she has recently had issues with her mobility.

    Four parties will take place in the coming weeks. The format of the events means that the Queen would have had to stand for more than an hour and move down the lines greeting visitors.

    A statement released this morning reads: "Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s Garden Parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course. 

    "The Queen has given permission for the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party to be hosted by the Princess Royal, as the charity’s patron, in the Buckingham Palace Garden on Thursday, May 12."

    The Not Forgotten Association provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

  • Louis Allwood

    Duchess is ‘too thin skinned’

    Meghan Markle has been warned against running for US President as she is “too thin-skinned” a royal author has claimed.

    Angela Levin took to Twitter and said: “Don’t believe a word of it.

    “In any case she is too thin-skinned to take the hard criticism and investigations that a senior politician has to bear.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Meghan very good at talking a good game’

    It has recently been announced that ‘Pearl’, the animated series for which Meghan was to be an executive producer, was dropped by Netflix

    Speaking on TalkTV, Mike Graham said: “The great thing about Meghan is that she’s very good at talking a good game but not so much as carrying out the game.

    “We’ve not heard any more from her since that Oprah Winfrey interview about all of the things she claimed were true which were later debunked.

    “She’s kicked all that off into the side.

    “She’s only made one podcast for Spotify. They asked them to do a series of podcasts.

    “I think they’re going to try and gear up to see if they can do a second one. I do a podcast every day on this show.

    “These people who haven’t even got jobs can’t even manage to do one a year.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ITV’s Lorraine Kelly pours scorn on Prince Harry

    LORRAINE Kelly reacted with shock at the news Prince Harry may miss the Queen's Jubilee celebrations to play polo.

    Revealing the latest story about the Duke of Sussex, the ITV star added: "What? What? What?"

    She said: "This morning it's being reported Prince Harry will miss the Queen's big Jubilee celebrations in the summer because of playing polo.

    "He's got a polo schedule in America. What? What? What?"

    A royal expert in the studio replied: "It does appear that Prince Harry has signed up to play a full season with a polo team in California.

    "Now, is this the clearest indication whether he will or won't be at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations."

    Lorraine added: "It's a niche sport it's fair to say. I don't think anybody would be upset if he missed for such a huge occasion as this Jubilee. Surely – surely, surely.

    "It's that iconic balcony photograph, that's what they want. If Prince Harry won't be there presumably Meghan won't be there and the kids."

  • Louis Allwood

    Her Majesty shows her cheeky side

    THE QUEEN smiles cheekily in a previously unseen portrait that's been unveiled for her milestone Platinum Jubilee.

    In the stunning new image taken 19 years ago, Her Majesty – photographed by Rob Munday – is seen smiling wryly to the camera.

    The photograph, entitled Platinum Queen: Felicity, went unnoticed inMunday’s Royal archives until he rediscovered it last summer.

    It shows the Queen reacting to a mischievous aside from her confidante and senior dresser Angela Kelly as the pair prepared for the shoot at Buckingham Palace.

    Mr Munday said: "The Queen’s daily life is so full of responsibility and duty that it was wonderful to see this fleeting moment of relaxation and pleasure.

    "It is an uplifting portrait, so different from many of the more sombre portraits commissioned in recent years and a befitting celebration for her Platinum Jubilee."

  • Louis Allwood

    Garden parties make a return

    The monarch welcomes more than 30,000 guests to the palaces over the course of each year.

    The parties are seen as an important way for her to meet people from across the country who have made a positive impact in their communities.

    The events were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the pandemic.

    However, it was announced they'll make a return this year for the Jubilee.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meg’s ‘misunderstanding’

    A royal author has claimed that Meghan Markle has a fundamental sense of ‘misunderstanding’ when joining the Royal Family.

    Tina Brown, Princess Diana’s biographer, said the Duchess of Sussex didn’t like suppressing her opinions.

    She added: “She saw the palaces and Diana as this global humanitarian superstar, but forgot that for 16 or 17 years Diana worked like a dog within the royal family doing a great deal of humdrum assignments.”

    Speaking on the Duke and Duchess’s 2018 tour of Australia, Ms Brown claimed Meghan “didn’t like it at all”.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘A complete disaster’ for Meghan and Harry

    Netflix’s decision to axe Pearl, has been described as a “disaster” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    The streaming giant made the decision to cut the animation series recently after experiencing a dip in subscriber numbers.

    Commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo said: “So whilst Prince Harry’s Invictus documentary is carrying on, there is nothing for Meghan to show for it and it’s really calling into question whether they can walk the walk – they’re good at talking the talk.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry ‘set to play in polo tournament’ during Queen’s jubilee

    PRINCE Harry is set to play in a polo tournament during the Queen's Jubilee – casting doubts over his presence at the royal festivities.

    The Duke of Sussex last week played in a Californian polo tournament – and has signed up to play in another event scheduled at the same times as the majority of Jubilee activities.

    The 37-year-old prince has played polo all his life and has joined a team with his good friend and sportsman, Nacho Figueras.

    It emerged yesterday that he will play the entirety of the polo season with his professional chums, according to royal reporter Omid Scoobie.

    And one of the fixtures will clash with his gran's celebrations – with the Cheval Athletics USPA Intra-Circuit tournament due to take place June 3-19.

    It means the Duke could miss joining his family on Buckingham Palace's balcony among other major celebrations.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William's music taste

    The prince revealed in a podcast last year how his family play Shakira's 'Waka Waka' on repeat.

    He explained at the time: "What I've been amazed by is how much my children already have inherited my family's love of music.

    "Most mornings there's a massive fight between Charlotte and George as to what song is played.

    "And I have to, now, basically prioritise that one day someone does this one, and another day it's someone else's turn.

    'So, George gets his go, then Charlotte gets her go. Such is the clamour for the music.

    "One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, Waka Waka. There's a lot of hip movements!"

    The duke also said the song that gets him going is AC/DC’s 1990 rock hit Thunderstruck.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William reveals he is a ‘secret clubber’ 

    Prince William has revealed he is a "secret clubber" – with a host of favourite anthems to his name.

    The Duke of Cambridge, 39, may no longer have time to hit the clubs as a dad-of-three and future king.

    But his love of early 2000s dance music remains firmly intact, The Times reports.

    The duke reeled off his favourite dance tracks while presenting DJ Simon Mayo his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

    The DJ, WHO presents a daily show on Greatest Hits Radio (GHR), said he mentioned his love of the rave classic Insomnia by Faithless as well as Spiller's Groovejet, featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

    Of the moment William handed him his award for services to radio broadcasting, Mayo said: “I suggested that he was clearly a bit of a clubber.

    “He said maybe a secret clubber. I plugged Drivetime on GHR obviously [and] suggested he was just the right age to be joining us.”

  • Louis Allwood

    New award for Queen's Jubilee

    In celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee a new award for volunteering has been introduced.

    The one-off addition to the annual Queen's Award for Voluntary Service will select 20 winners from charities helping 16 to 25-year-olds across the UK. 

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the award will celebrate the "important work" to "empower young people". 

  • Louis Allwood

    Central London to welcome new look for Jubilee

    Hundreds of Union Jacks will appear in central London to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    Celebrations will take place across Regent Street and St James's in London with musicians, artists, craftsmen, and food-makers forming a British fete.

    On Saturday, June 4, Jermyn Street will also be closed to traffic for a British street party.

    Large screens are being installed in the public piazza on St Jame's Market to broadcast the Jubilee concert.

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