Royal Family clash: Queen to host Palace party on baby Lilibet’s first birthday

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations programme in full

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On Monday, Buckingham Palace unveiled the full programme to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Her Majesty, 95, will become the first British monarch to celebrate the milestone – as she marks 70 years of service.

The full programme of the celebrations includes a pudding competition, parades, concerts – and a Bank Holiday.

Celebrations for the occasion are planned throughout the year, including one which falls on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter’s first birthday.

The item on the calendar is a star-studded Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace that will take place on Saturday 4 June.

Currently, it is not yet known who is going to be performing, but the event which will be staged and broadcasted by the BBC “will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars”, according to the royal website.

Members of the British public can apply for audiences tickets to the special event through a ballot, which will be released in February.

On the same day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also celebrate their daughter’s birthday.

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 4 June 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Her name pays homage to her great-grandmother, referring to the Queen’s childhood nickname.

Currently, it is not yet known whether Meghan and Harry and their two children will travel across the pond to join in Her Majesty’s celebrations.

Since moving to the US, the Sussexes have not returned to UK soil as a family of four, meaning the Queen has not had the chance to meet her namesake in person.

Other members of the Royal Family will come together to mark the occasion at the Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, on Thursday 2 June.

Normally royal watchers can spot the Firm on Buckingham Palace’s balcony as they watch an RAF fly-past.

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Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional parade which marks the Queen’s official birthday.

Other items of the itinerary for the Platinum Jubilee include a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3 June, and the Big Jubilee Lunch – akin to a street party – on Sunday 5 June, the final day of the bank holiday break.

A competition has been launched in collaboration with Fortnum & Mason for UK residents aged 8 and over to create the perfect Platinum Pudding recipe.

The recipe for the new pudding dedicated to the Queen will be made available to the public so they can recreate it for the Big Jubilee Lunches during the Bank Holiday weekend.

In December, Meghan and Harry shared the first photograph of daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana. with the release of their 2021 Christmas card.

The snap taken during the summer at the couple’s home in Montecito, Santa Barbara shows Harry holding little Archie on his lap while Meghan holds her daughter in the air.

The adorable photograph was taken by their wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski and the card included a personal message penned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

It read: “This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family.

“As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave.”

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