Queen news – live: Eurovision star Sam Ryder to perform at Jubilee concert
The Queen is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June with a four-day bank holiday weekend.
The weekend, which will start on Thursday June 2 and end on Sunday June 5, will see several events taking place involving members of the royal family.
These include Trooping the Colour, a Thanksgiving Service, Platinum Beacons, a Platinum Jubilee Contest and a Star-Studded Concert.
The RMT union has announced plans for a strike this weekend, which will affect passengers wishing to travel on the Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines.
A Platinum Party concert at the Palace will take place on Saturday June 4 and will feature Eurovision star Sam Ryder, who said he was “speechless” at being chosen to perform for Her Majesty alongside other stars such as Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, George Ezra, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.
While the Queen has made mainly virtual appearances so far this year due to ongoing mobility issues, she appeared at the Chelsea Flower show this week aboard an electric buggy.
Buckingham Palace has said the Queen’s attendance at Jubilee weekend events is unlikely to be confirmed until D-Day.
Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the Queen as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
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Eurovision star Sam Ryder is ‘speechless’ about performing at Queen’s Jubilee concert
Sam Ryder is ‘a bit speechless’ at being selected as one of the artists to perform at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert.
The Eurovision star – who represented the UK in the 2022 contest – has been celebrating since competing in Turin, Italy, where he came second with an impressive 466 points.
Cultural journalist Nicole Vasell has the whole story:
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How is the Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and who will she join?
On Thursday June 2, the Queen will celebrate her “official” birthday with a military parade. The annual celebration, known as Trooping the Colour, takes place on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace.
The event will also include an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace by members of the royal family.
Saman Jave has everything you need to know about this year’s Trooping the Colour:
What Platinum Jubilee events will Harry and Meghan be attending?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they will travel to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next month, with their two children Archie, 3, and baby daughter Lilibet.
It will be the first time the Sussexes have returned to the UK with their children since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.
Saman Jave has all the answers to your questions about the events they will be attending: