Prince Harry played table tennis today as his visit to the Invictus Games continued alone after his wife Meghan Markle left him in The Hague to fly home to their children Archie and Lilibet in California.
And officials at Buckingham Palace were preparing for further bombshell revelations after NBC’s Today show announced the Duke of Sussex had given presenter Hoda Kotb an interview about his visit to the Queen last week.
NBC said Harry had spoken about ‘the Invictus Games, his surprise visit with the Queen and life with his wife Meghan Markle’ and that the interview would be shown on tomorrow’s programme. It comes just over a year after his infamous interview to Oprah Winfrey on CBS in which he and Meghan accused unnamed royals of racism.
This morning, the Duke was seen walking through a backstage area at the Invictus Games, following what was the first time the couple had been seen together publicly on this side of the Atlantic for two years.
Harry was also seen playing table tennis with Tokyo Paralympics table tennis silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger, gold medalist Valentin Baus and two time Paralympic Competitor Sandra Mikolaschek.
Flanked by his ever-present bodyguard – former US Secret Service agent Christopher Sanchez – Harry walked through the crowds at the Zuiderpark to a tent where visitors can try their luck on a virtual golf course.
He was handed a seven iron and guided by an instructor was shown how to correctly hold the club. The Prince jokingly warned people to stand back as he took a swing – and drove his ball a distance of 54ft. The crowd cheered when the screen showed his ball bouncing on to the virtual green.
Harry, who was casually dressed in black Invictus T-shirt and blue chinos – found his next sport slightly harder. He had called into a tent hosted by the city of Dusseldorf, the next venue for the 2023 Invictus Games.
After chatting with organisers, he had to be persuaded to try his hand at table tennis. One of the men playing attempted to hand him a bat, but the Prince shook his head and repeatedly said no.
As a small crowd urged him to try his luck he reluctantly agreed and joined a wheelchair bound athlete for a quick knock up in a doubles match. He was able to keep the bat as a souvenir when he left the tent.
One of Dusseldorf team said: ‘He said he was looking forward very much to us hosting the games. Here in The Hague they have been a great success, and we will of course want to match that.’
Harry was accompanied on the walkabout in the Zuiderpark by an entourage of nine.
Most of the following him were members of the Archewell Production company, including five women who at time struggled to keep up with the Prince as he strode purposefully through the side attractions at the games.
A Netflix crew were also in attendance and filmed the Prince meeting VIPs and other guests in The Tulip Lounge. Earlier, he had attended a volleyball match and was expected to watch the swimming event.
His wife Meghan, who had been the centre of attention during the first three days of the games, flew home to Los Angeles on a KLM flight from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
Harry and Meghan, who had a Netflix documentary film crew in tow, have been shadowed by Barack Obama’s former bodyguard Mr Sanchez as the row continued over their security arrangements in Britain.
Mr Sanchez protected President Obama and George W Bush over the course of five years’ service. He is director of Texas-based Professional Protection and Investigations, which claims its insurance is ‘above industry standards’.
The Duke is at the heart of an extraordinary legal wrangle over his security when coming to Britain. He mounted a legal challenge against the Home Office having been told he would no longer be given the ‘same degree’ of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite claiming he had offered to pay for it himself.
For the visit to Holland, Harry and his wife were given VVIP (very, very important person) status that allowed Dutch royal protection officers to be assigned to them, alongside private security guards who are also protecting them.
Harry also said that it was ‘great’ to see the Queen during his fleeting visit to the UK last Thursday before arriving in the Netherlands. He added that his grandmother ‘had plenty of messages for Team UK’ which he had already passed on and told the BBC: ‘It was great to see her and I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.’
The Duke of Sussex plays table tennis during day four of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague today
Prince Harry nd 2021 Tokyo Paralymics table tennis silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger play a match of table tennis today
Prince Harry plays table tennis during day four of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague today
Harry, 2021 Tokyo Paralympics table tennis silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger, 2021 Tokyo Paralympics table tennis Gold medalist Valentin Baus and two time Paralympic Competitor Sandra Mikolaschek play table tennis in The Hague today
Prince Harry and 2021 Tokyo Paralymics table tennis Silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger clutch hands in The Hague today
The Duke of Sussex is seen walking through a backstage area of the Invictus Games in The Hague this morning
Prince Harry is pictured at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands today, following the return of Meghan to California
NBC’s Today show announced Prince Harry had given presenter Hoda Kotb an interview about his visit to the Queen last week
Meanwhile it was reported today that Harry and Meghan have been invited to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations but will not be allowed to have a ‘formal role’ in the celebrations.
If the couple decide to travel to London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee they will appear at family events including the traditional balcony appearance and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
However, given they are no longer senior working royals they cannot take part in Trooping the Colour or play a central role in any events taking place over the four-day Bank Holiday weekend, the Telegraph reported.
It comes as the Duke of Sussex broke his silence on his secret ‘olive branch’ meeting with the Queen last week.
Harry said ‘it was great to see’ his 96-year-old grandmother during a quick stop-off at Windsor Castle – where he also met his father Prince Charles, reportedly for just 15 minutes – before going to Holland for the Invictus Games.
The prince, himself a military veteran who founded the event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in 2014, said his grandmother ‘had plenty of messages for Team UK’ when he met her last week.
He added he had passed these onto the team, telling the BBC: ‘So, it was great to see her and I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.’
Harry and Meghan reportedly promised the Queen that she will get to hug her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet ‘in the near future’ during the meeting.
Aides believe that Harry and Meghan’s presence at her traditional Jubilee flypast would mean a lot to Her Majesty, who has yet to meet the couple’s daughter Lilibet and who is learning to live without her husband of seven decades Prince Philip after his death last year.
It will likely mark the last big family balcony appearance of her reign, which will soon enter its 71st year.
However, sources warned that the Sussexes’ attendance will have to be carefully managed, and will involve a ‘leap of faith’ from all sides after the couple made a string of damaging claims, including bombshell allegations of racism against an unnamed senior royal made in their Oprah tell-all last year, since they quit royal life and moved to Montecito.
Harry would also have to backtrack amid a row over his security, after he launched legal action against the Home Office, alleging that he didn’t feel safe bringing his family to the UK following the Government’s decision not to provide them with police protection.
A spokesman for the Sussexes said they were not in a position to discuss future travel plans.
Left to write: Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending the Invictus Games athletics events. They are said to have been invited to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Queen is yet to meet her great-granddaughter, 11-month-old Lilibet, who was named after Her Majesty’s childhood nickname. Archie – seventh in line to the British throne – is now two years old, and reports have previously hinted at the Queen’s sadness at not having the chance to spend more time with him
Tonight Harry broke his silence on his secret meeting with the Queen and put a positive spin on his visit by saying she would have ‘loved’ to be at the Invictus Games.
The Duke of Sussex said ‘it was great to see her’ during a quick stop-off before his arrival in the Netherlands for the competition.
The 37-year-old, who founded the event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in 2014, said the 96-year-old monarch ‘had plenty of messages for Team UK’ when he met her at Windsor Castle last week.
He added he had passed these onto the team, telling the BBC: ‘So, it was great to see her and I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.’
The duke and duchess made a flying visit to Windsor last week to meet Her Majesty and Charles for a peace offering, before travelling to The Hague.
The couple flew to London from their home in California, where their two children are believed to currently be. According to The Mirror, senior royal sources described the meeting as ‘very cordial’ and ‘incredibly warm and good natured’.
Harry and Meghan reportedly opened the door to return from the US for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and told her of their plans to visit again so she can spend time with the children.
The Queen is yet to meet her great-granddaughter, 11-month-old Lilibet, who was named after Her Majesty’s childhood nickname. Archie – seventh in line to the British throne – is now two years old, and reports have previously hinted at the Queen’s sadness at not having the chance to spend more time with him.
News of Harry and Meghan’s promise came after it emerged earlier that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were away holidaying in the French Alps with their children – just as the surprise visit occurred.
Prince William and Kate are understood to be staying in the resort of Courcheval, with a picture circulating online of them watching their eldest son Prince George enjoy a skiing lesson.
Royal correspondent Robert Jobson said that it was ‘significant’ that the couple were not involved in the meeting between Harry and Meghan and other senior royals.
The brothers’ relationship is understood to be at rock bottom since Harry pressed the nuclear button on his royal life.
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is said to be making contingency plans for jubilee events to take place if the Queen is forced to withdraw over health concerns.
Meetings have taken place as aides decide who will be where, which younger royals can take her place and which roles to give to various members of the royal family.
The Queen, who is 95 and turns 96 on Thursday, is determined to attend as many events as possible.
The Telegraph reports that her struggles with mobility mean that in reality, her participation is likely to be minimal. The paper said the Palace aides are working on plans to ensure that she can attend with dignity, as she will be unable to walk up the many steps.
Despite earlier reports that the Duke of York could accompany her, the Telegraph reports that it is the Duchess of Cornwall, who is also ‘absolutely besotted’ by racing, who will attend alongside her.
Her Majesty revealed that fighting coronavirus in February has left her ‘exhausted’ in a video call with NHS staff and patients last week.
She told them: ‘It does leave one very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it? This horrible pandemic. It’s not a nice result.’
Royal biographer Angela Levin said the Queen’s presence at jubilee events will be limited due to her frailty.
She said: ‘It’s going to be very difficult and I think they will only show her in a few instances, maybe at the service at St Paul’s. That will be very important to her because she is a Christian.
‘I don’t think we’ll see her around and about. Maybe she’ll be well enough to sit and watch horses. It won’t be her, everywhere. But if she is there, she will appreciate the fact the public will be wanting to be there and supporting her.
‘I imagine that the aides are worried that if the public don’t see her, people may think that if she’s not there it’s not worth us going.
‘I’m sure everyone in the Palace hopes that people will turn up to show their respects and say thank you for an extraordinary reign both in length and in breadth’.
The Queen stoically attended the memorial service for her beloved husband Prince Philip’s memorial service. But she asked Prince Andrew to support her as she walked.
Prince Charles is expected attend almost all of the jubilee events, representing the Queen where appropriate if she is unable to attend.
When Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had tested positive at Windsor, it was said that she had ‘mild cold-like symptoms’. While she had her weekly audience with the Prime Minister, she did not appear on scheduled video calls.
Sources told the Daily Mail the cancellations to recent events were made because she sounded ‘croaky’ and ‘full of cold’ and not because her condition had worsened. She also pulled out of the annual Commonwealth Day service, albeit more due to mobility problems.
However it seems that like many who have contracted Covid, the Queen – who is triple-jabbed and likely to have had her second booster injection by now – is suffering from after-effects including extreme exhaustion.
This will no doubt add to the mounting health problems of the last six months, which saw her needing hospital care last autumn and unable to conduct an engagement outside palace walls for six months.
The Queen notably missed the Commonwealth Day Service on Monday, March 14, which was attended in her absence by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The monarch had previously been given rest orders by doctors even before catching Covid, and had been forced to cancel a two day trip to Northern Ireland on October 20 at the last minute.
Left: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and President of the International Paralympics Committee Andrew Parsons talk a the IGF Reception. Right: Meghan talks to athletes
Other affected events before Christmas included the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on November 1 for which the Queen recorded a video message, the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 10 and the National Service of Remembrance on November 14.
She was finally seen in public at the Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving at the end of last month.
While she has also pulled out of this week’s Maundy Service in Windsor for the first time ever due to her mobility and handed responsibility to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, she has stoically continued video calls and audiences.
Four key events are said to be considered as priorities for the Queen to attend in-person, The Express reports, including the state opening of Parliament in May, the Derby at Epsom, the Trooping of the Colour in June and a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral that same month to mark her Platinum Jubilee.
Earlier today Prince Harry praised the ‘extraordinary’ commitment of Ukrainians taking part in his Invictus Games, in spite of Russia’s invasion of their homeland.
He said said the competition would ‘not be the same’ without a team from Ukraine.
The competition’s founder also revealed how four members of the Ukraine team had died while defending their country in the build up to the week-long sporting competition.
And he said news of their deaths ‘brings it home’ the scale and real-life consequences of the conflict in Ukraine.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: ‘I was struggling for 24 hours about what to say about Team Ukraine.
‘The whole world is definitely behind them, but again, is that enough. When you get to see and speak to them, and see in their eyes the experiences and the things they have seen, just in the last few weeks, it is really hard.
‘It is emotional to think that they all jumped in the bus, first of all they had to make the decision to come, then they jumped in the coach, probably slept all the way, and I think what people need to remember, or perhaps don’t even know yet, the vast majority of the Ukraine team were serving in some shape or form.
‘So they would remove their uniforms, put their team strips on, jumped on their coach, came over here, slept for a couple days, tried to decompress and then was straight into it. And they have to go back.
‘So I think to have them here is extraordinary, and that commitment they have made to leaving their country, which is a real hard thing for them to decide to do, but it came with their president’s blessing, and I don’t think this games could have been the games it is without Team Ukraine.’
Harry and Meghan’s surprise outing: Duchess donned £3,600 Valentino dress to join her husband for ‘unannounced’ appearance at Invictus Games evening reception before she returns to California today
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted Invictus Games competitors when they made an unannounced appearance at an evening reception last night.
Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, were seen mingling with competitors and fans as the sporting event’s second day reached its close at Zuiderpark, in The Hague.
Wearing a £3,600 Valentino dress, Meghan smiled as she posed for photos with Siraj Munir, an Iraqi former serviceman who is competing in the events.
Meanwhile Harry spent time speaking to members of the Ukrainian and Iraqi delegations.
The royal couple are understood to have been unexpected guests at last night’s engagement.
Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, were seen mingling with competitors and fans at an engagement on Sunday night. Pictured, Meghan with Iraqi competitor Siraj Munir, who shared photos taken with Meghan and Harry with MailOnline
Prince Harry, dressed in a linen suit, also posed for photographs with competitors including Mr Munir, pictured, and members of the Ukrainian delegation at the event on Sunday night
Meghan, who was spotted wearing jeans and a wrap white top earlier in the day, switched to an off white dress with floral cut outs on the shoulder for the early evening.
The mother-of-two looked very stylish, pairing the dress with black heels and a small handbag, also in black.
Her black locks were swooped to the side of the face, and the Duchess also sported a pair of sunglasses, shielding from the Dutch sun as she dropped in to greet fans.
Meghan sported a glamourous everyday makeup, adding a touch of colour with a bold red lip.
The couple hopped from one engagement to the other as they toured the Games’ second day yesterday, with their Netflix filming crew following their every move.
They started off the day by watching a number of the sporting events, including the sitting volleyball.
They then parted ways for the afternoon. Harry went to film content with the BBC, while Meghan attended a children’s book reading organised by the British Embassy.
The Duke of Sussex chats with members of the Iraqi Invictus Team at the IGF Reception
Prince Harry chats with German Invictus Team members
The couple started off Sunday by watching a number of sporting events at the Invictus Games, including the sitting volleyball, pictured
Harry and Meghan then parted ways for the afternoon. Harry went to film content with the BBC, while Meghan attended a children’s book reading organised by the British Embassy (above)
During the engagement on Sunday afternoon (pictured), Meghan spent time meeting fans and well-wishers
She told British army veteran James Stride that she had wanted to attend the reading as it meant she was around children, and they reminded her of her own back home in California.
‘Meghan was quite chatty and told me she was missing her children,’ said James, one of the GB competitors in the games being held in The Hague.
‘She said she wanted to be with children as she was missing her own.’
The couple’s first trip to Europe is understood to be the longest they have been apart from Archie, three and ten month old Lili.
Prince Harry, whose commitment to the Games has outlived his role as a senior royal seemed very relaxed and was determined to discuss issues close to his heart as the Games’ second day rolled on.
In their first engagement on Sunday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watched competitors take part in some of the events. Pictured, the couple hug Lisa Johnston, a former army medic and amputee, who celebrates with her medal win
The couple spent time speaking to competitors at each of the events on Sunday, including athletes from Team USA
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in good spirits as they took in the action in their first engagement of the day on Sunday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with competitors from Iraq at the Invictus Games athletics events in the Athletics Park, at Zuiderpark the Hague, Netherlands, in their first engagement on Sunday
Speaking with the Netherlands’ Kindercorrespondent reporters yesterday, he said he wanted his two young children, Archie and Lilibet – known as Lili – to grow up ‘in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world’.
‘It’s not going to be easy but I will never, ever, ever rest until I have as a parent at least tried to make the world a better place for them because it is our responsibility that the world is the way it is now,’ the Duke told the child reporters, aged 11 and 12.
‘I don’t think that we should be bringing children into the world unless we’re going to make that commitment to make it better for them. We cannot steal your future.’
It comes as the Duchess of Sussex revealed how she is missing her two young children while attending the Invictus Games alongside Harry.
Meghan made the confession as she sat in of a reading to a group of 12 children in a private event organised by the British Embassy.
Meghan and Harry congratulate medal winners at the Invictus Games after one of the events on Sunday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet competitors from Italy as they watched some of the events during their first engagement on Sunday
The ULTIMATE Platinum party guide: How and where to toast the Queen’s 70-year reign… from the Red Arrows at RAF Cosford to jousting at Hampton Court Palace and Sir Elton John at the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace
Huge events are taking place across the country to celebrate the Queen‘s 70-year reign.
Celebratory occasions will include the Red Arrows performing overhead at RAF Cosford, to jousting at Hampton Court Palace and Sir Elton John among guests at a special concert at Buckingham Palace.
Meanwhile, a 70-kilometre ‘ultra challenge’ is taking place for runners wanting to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in a unique way and a 70-mile classic car run in Cornwall, featuring a car from every year of the Queen’s reign, is also pencilled in among a wide variety of events.
Below, MailOnline has compiled the ultimate party guide to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the special extra bank holiday.
Singalong at the Tower
Date: April 28
Location: The Tower of London
The Tower of London will host a special concert with ‘a programme of rousing and expressive choral music’ featuring the Choir of the Chapels Royal.
Music inside the St Peter and Vincula chapel will reflect on the ‘themes of coronation and queenhood’.
Ticket price: £25 via the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) website.
Yeoman Warder’s (more commonly known as Beefeaters) parading from the Queen’s House to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula – where the event will take place
The National Lottery’s Big Jubilee Street Party
Date: May 12
Location: AO Arena, Manchester
The event, hosted by Jason Manford and Fleur East, will feature performances from the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Grennan, Steps and Ella Henderson among others.
Tickets are now sold out for the event, but ITV and ITV Hub will be airing a special one-off show on a date to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Tickets: Sold out
TV: ITV and ITV Hub,
Date: June 1 to September 18
Location: Tower of London
Superbloom at the Tower of London will see more than 20 millions seeds sewn to create a ‘spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers that will fill the Tower’s moat’.
Designed to attract pollinators, ‘Superbloom’ aims to ‘bring spectacular natural beauty’ to the urban space.
Visitors will be able to slide down the moat on a mat, while a specially commissioned sound installation and sculptural elements will also form part of the attraction.
Tickets: From £12 for adults via the HRP website.
Gardeners sow seeds into the moat surrounding the Tower of London, that will bloom into a ‘Superbloom’ display celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee later this year
Jubilee Joust at Hampton Court Palace
Date: June 1 – June 5
Times: 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm
Location: Hampton Court Palace
Experience the historic sport of jousting in the gardens of the iconic Hampton Court Palace.
A special family-friendly tournament will take place over five days that will see knights compete to be hailed champion, with spectators able to cheer, jeer and follow the fun from the sidelines.
Tickets: Free for members, from £26.10 for adults via the HRP website.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert
Location: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Date: June 2
A special concert is to take place at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee that will include a selection of works from throughout her reign.
Titles for the evening include music from the coronation, works dedicated to The Queen and HRH The Princess Margaret, music from across the Commonwealth, personal favourites of Her majesty (My Fair Lady) and even bagpipes.
Tickets: £13-£55 via the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra website.
Ride a purple steam train
Date: June 2 – June 5
Location: Taw Valley
Severn Valley Railway has renamed its 34027 Taw Valley engine Elizabeth II to mark her jubilee – as well as painting it purple.
Across the jubilee weekend, rock bands from the 1950s will play classic hits at multiple stations, while the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast with a Lancaster will also take place on all four days.
Tickets: From £32.40 on the Severn Valley Railway website.
St Paul’s Cathedral Service of Thanksgiving
Date: June 3
Location: St Paul’s Cathedral, London
A service of thanksgiving will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign. Little information is available at present, but it is understood the service will not be open to the public.
Tickets: Closed to the public.
Jubilee Concert at Windsor Castle
Date: June 3
Location: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Take the chance to enjoy musical entertainment at Windsor Castle’s famed St George’s Chapel.
The concert will feature ‘special performances’ with the benefit of ‘amazing chapel acoustics’ and will be hosted by BBC Radio Three’s Petroc Trelawney.
Tickets: Tickets and further details for the Concert will be available in due course.
Platinum Party at the Palace
Date: June 4
Location: Buckingham Palace
A special concert will take place in front of the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
MailOnline reported last year that Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Stevie Wonder were being lined up to perform at the concert, set to be the ‘biggest celebration’ of the year in the UK.
It is hoped to be similar to the Diamond Jubilee concert organised by Gary Barlow in 2012, which saw the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, as well as Kylie Minogue, Madness, and Annie Lennox take to the stage.
A ballot for tickets has now closed, but up to 10,000 people will attend and the show will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Tickets: Ballot closed
TV: BBC One and BBC iPlayer
‘God Save the Queen’ projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace at the end of the ‘Party at the Palace’ concert held in the palace grounds to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002
Date: June 4
Location: Epsom Downs Racecourse
Prior to the huge Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will have an eye on the Epsom Derby.
The Cazoo Derby, one of the most prominent races in the calendar, has been taking place since 1780 and this year will feature an official commemoration of the Queen.
Her Majesty, an avid horse racing fan, has only missed the Derby four times in 75 years.
Tickets: From £30 on the Jockey Club website.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ‘Proms in the Park’ concert
Date: June 4
Location: Wherstead Park, Ipswich
A ‘Best of British’ Proms concert will feature Christina Johnson and a live music ensemble.
Rousing classics such as Land of Hope and Glory, Abide with Me, Nimrod, God Save the Queen, Jerusalem, You’ll Never Walk Alone will be played along with hits from the West End.
Tickets: From £5 on the Wherstead Park website.
Jubilee Picnic in the Park
Date: June 4
Time: All day
Location: The Long Walk, Windsor
Windsor’s iconic Long Walk will host a huge picnic event with a ‘carnival atmosphere’ featuring ‘cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign’.
The Platinum Party at the Palace will also be shown on giant screens for all to enjoy with their food.
Tickets: Free entry
Windsor’s iconic Long Walk will host a huge picnic event with a ‘carnival atmosphere’ featuring ‘cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign’
Picnic in the Park afternoon tea at Sandringham
Date: June 4 and June 5
Location: Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
Where better to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than at her much loved country retreat at Sandringham?
Visitors can enjoy a ‘delicately packaged’ afternoon tea in a ‘commemorative Platinum Jubilee design’ in the estate’s Parkland.
Tickets: From £35 on the Sandringham Estate website.
Windsor Big Lunch
Date: June 5
Time: All day
Location: The Long Walk, Windsor
The day after its Picnic in the Park event, Windsor will host its annual Big Lunch.
Friends and families will again be encouraged to bring picnics and union jack flags, while giant screens will show the Platinum Pageant.
Tickets: Arrangements are currently being put in place for a facility to reserve tables free of charge via a ticketing system, with details available soon.
Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Date: June 5
Location: Buckingham Palace
The Pageant will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume to celebrate the Queen’s ‘love of the natural world and dedication to the Commonwealth’.
A procession will take place along The Mall, emulating a moving river, while vintage cars and motorbikes will also feature.
The event is split into four parts, the first of which will contain more than 2,000 military personnel, followed by vintage clothes and classic cars, an artistic element and then a ‘surprise package’.
Tickets: Open to the public, no booking required.
A concept image of marching bands who will make up part of the Jubilee celebration. The marching bands, a giant dragon puppet and circus acts will form part of a spectacular pageant
Bodmin to Penzance classic car run
Date: June 5
Seventy cars from 70 years will travel 70 miles through Cornwall from Bodmin to Penzance to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Bodmin, the event’s oldest vehicle will be a 1952 MG TD.
Tickets: £25 entry
Portsmouth Platinum Jubilee 70k Ultra Challenge
Date: June 5
Location: Ferry Road, Portsmouth
The ultra challenge will see competitors given the choice between running the full 70k, or spreading the distance across a kayak, run and cycle.
There will be medals for all who complete the event, while there is the option to run a shorter distance if desired.
Tickets: Open to the public
RAF Cosford Airshow
Date: June 12
Time: Gates open at 8am
Location: RAF Cosford, Shropshire
The RAF Cosford Airshow will tell the 70-year-old story of aviation and its links to royalty through themed displays, while visitors can also enjoy a hands-on experience through immersive story-telling.
Air Show Chairman, Wing Commander Kenny Wickens, said earlier this year: ‘We are delighted to announce the return of the RAF Cosford Air Show after two difficult years.
‘A huge amount of work has been done in the early stages of planning this event to ensure we can provide a safe and enjoyable show for all of our visitors and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to RAF Cosford for a day of celebration and entertainment.’
Tickets: Adults from £34, under 16s go free. Available to buy on the Cosford Airshow website.
RAF Falcons display RAF Cosford Air Show in 2019, when at least 55,000 people attended the event
Red Hot Chilli Peppers and motorcycle display at the Platinum Jubilee Youth Spectacular
Date: June 18 and 19
Location: St Ninians, Fife, Scotland
TV presenter Stephen Mulhern will host an event at the newly constructed arena that will feature a motorcycle display along with Scouts, Guides and Highland dancing.
It will culminate with an after event performance from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Tickets: Open to the public, but advance booking required.