The Queen’s grandchildren gathered for a Trooping the Colour flypast viewing party before heading off for their secret cousins’ lunch revealed by Mike Tindall.
Princess Eugenie shared a glimpse into the celebrations on her Instagram account, revealing how members of the family gathered on what appears to be the roof of St James’s Palace to watch the historic flypast marking Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.
Her video shows she was joined by her husband Jack Brooksbank, their son August, one, and her sister Princess Beatrice and her family.
Although all of the attendees are difficult to make out in the background of the video, it appears Beatrice’s six-year-old stepson Wolfie was present, as were the Tindalls.
It is likely this took place shortly before the cousins and their partners headed out for a lunch that Mike Tindall described as one of the ‘highlights’ of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Speaking on his podcast, he revealed that while the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and others on the balcony at the event had a meal at Buckingham Palace afterwards – ‘the cousins’ who watched from the Major General’s Office overlooking Horse Guards Parade went for a lunch.
Princess Eugenie shared a glimpse into the ‘outstanding’ secret lunch’ enjoyed between the royal cousins during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Thursday, which included her son August, one, watching the historic flypast from a London rooftop.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, is pictured standing with husband Jack Brooksbank, 36, who is holding their one-year-old son August, in photographs posted to her Instagram stories Thursday
The smartly dressed trio are standing on a London rooftop waving to the Platinum Jubilee flypast, at what appeared to be a jubilee celebration party
It appears Harry and Meghan didn’t attend and returned immediately to Windsor, suggesting that it was just the York sisters, their children, and Peter Philips and his daughters as well as the Tindalls at the event.
While the location has not been revealed, during the weekend, the Queen’s granddaughter Eugenie, 32, shared a picture standing with husband Jack Brooksbank, 36, who is holding their one-year-old son August, in photographs posted to her Instagram stories.
The smartly dressed trio are standing on a London rooftop waving to the Platinum Jubilee flypast.
The view is similar to that of the one from the private terrace of the Stafford Hotel on St James’ in London – where Zara and Mike were seen earlier in the day. Rooms at the hotel cost upwards of £5,000 a night.
Zara donned a £450 silk Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike.
In an Instagram post ahead of the main event, he said they were looking forward to the next few days ‘celebrating one of the greatest woman on this planet’.
The view is similar to that of the one from the private terrace of the Stafford Hotel on St James’ in London – where Zara and Mike were seen earlier in the day. Rooms at the hotel cost upwards of £5,000 a night. Zara and Mike are pictured at the hotel
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike.
Zara and Mike Tindall stopped off at The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH, of which the Queen is patron, and artist Carne Griffiths on the release of his portrait ‘The Platinum Queen’ before heading to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping The Colour ceremony
The couple stopped off at The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH, of which the Queen is patron, and artist Carne Griffiths on the release of his portrait ‘The Platinum Queen’ before heading to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping The Colour ceremony.
His portrait depicts the young Queen Elizabeth shortly before her coronation almost seven decades ago.
While Zara, Eugenie and the other cousins has also featured on the balcony in previous years, they was not included this year after the Queen decreed that only working members of the Royal Family would join her to watch the flypast in order to avoid any awkwardness surrounding the presence of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew.
FEMAIL understands that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who had watched the event with the Tindalls, went straight back to Frogmore Cottage and did not join in on the lunch.
It is not known if they were invited amid ongoing rumours about a rift with Harry’s family, especially Prince William, after multiple transatlantic potshots on US TV.
Images from Friday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s show Mike with Princess Eugenie (pictured, right, with her husband Jack Brooksbank, left). He later poked fun at her vibrant orange outfit
Following Friday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s, Mike Tindall was seen chatting with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who had flown over from California to mark the Queen’s milestone
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St Paul’s Cathedral (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Guildhall (right)
Speaking on his podcast, the Good, The Bad and the Rugby, Mr Tindall said of the Jubilee: ‘It was outstanding, to be fair. It was just great to be a part of’, adding: ‘We had a good cousins’ lunch on the Thursday. That was a highlight’.
The venue for the no-doubt boozy secret cousins’ lunch has not been revealed, although one in March attended by the Tindalls, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie alongside their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank was held at the exclusive Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair.
In his first appearance on his podcast since millions celebrated the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, Tindall also revealed there were celebratory drinks at the Palace after the Platinum Party at The Palace on Saturday.
And he also admitted it had been been a struggle to ‘keep a lid’ on the lively younger royals, including Prince Louis and his own two daughters Mia and Lena, who consumed copious sweets backstage.
He said: ‘It’s tough for them. They’re all young. It’s a long time. But as any parents knows you just do whatever needs to be done. Louis, he was just wanting to have fun. And my two are always mischievous so it’s trying to keep a lid on. There were a lot of sweets out back though, so there was a real sugar high’.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall attend the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s on Friday
The former rugby ace shared a number of snaps posing in his wife’s fascinator throughout the Jubilee celebrations, showing off his fun side via Instagram posts
Mike also praised the Queen for her ‘perfect’ skit with Paddington, telling listeners: ‘I’ve always said she is very funny’.
Over the weekend, Mike was dubbed the ‘Jubilee MVP’ and ‘fun uncle’ as he appeared in a series of his wife’s hats.
The former rugby start entertained an unruly Prince Louis, poked fun at Princess Eugenie’s fashion sense, and chatted with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the royal celebrations in London.
Mike, who is father to Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, dutifully accompanied Zara to five different events over the course of the four-day weekend: Trooping the Colour, the Service of Thanksgiving, Epsom Derby, the Platinum Party and the Platinum Pageant.
And at all times Mike appeared in typically jovial spirits and was on hand to help out with all the royal children.
At times during the pageant on Sunday, Louis was seen clenching his fists, sticking out his tongue, waving his arms in the air, putting his hands over his mother’s mouth and standing in his seat for a better view of the spectacle.
Luckily, Mike was on hand to make funny faces at Louis to keep him entertained, and was seen pointing to his eyes, in an ‘I’m watching you’ gesture as Louis’ mother Kate Middleton, 40, looked on and laughed.
Yesterday, she paid a moving personal tribute to her ‘grannie’ the Queen.
Writing in The Spectator magazine, said she hoped her one-year-old son August would grow to have the Queen’s ‘patience, her calmness and her kindness while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye’.
She described the nation’s longest-reigning monarch as having transcended time and been ‘a constant rock for so many’.
Reflecting on her ‘own special little family’ with the arrival of August, who was born in February last year, Eugenie said: ‘I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and for our family during these 70 years.
‘I’d love Augie to have her patience, her calmness and her kindness, while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye.’
Harry and Meghan were not at the lunch, however 24 hours ealier they threw a birthday party for their daughter Lilibet, who turned one, with the Tindalla and Philips present.
A spokesman for the couple did not name family members who attended the party, but Zara and Mike Tindall are believed to have made an appearance. The Sussexes left for their California home the following day.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children were also invited – but were in Cardiff representing the Queen. It is reported they spent no private time with the Sussexes.
Other photos from the weekend showed Mike chatting with Prince Harry, 37, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, who flew over from their home in Montecito, California, to join in with the Platinum Celebrations, marking the couple’s first joint royal engagement in two years.