Queen Elizabeth latest news: Royal Platinum Jubilee could see pubs open to EARLY HOURS as commemorative coins unveiled

IT'S GOOD news for Brits as pubs, bars and clubs could remain open into the early hours of the morning to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee over a bank holiday weekend next year.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, wants to extend licensing hours from 11pm to 1am from Thursday 2 June to Saturday 4 June over the extended bank holiday weekend.

To get us excited for the Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Mint has designed two new coins in celebration of the monarch's 70th year on the throne.

The two new coins to honour the event include a 50p coin and a £5 crown, with the 50p coin featuring a portrait of the Queen designed by the artist Jody Clark.

Designed by John Bergdhal, the £5 crown features a regal design centralised by the quartered shield of the Royal Arms.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate's ‘great comfort’ in playing the piano

    It is reported that Kate Middleton took "great comfort" in playing the piano over lockdown, according to a report.

    She accompanied singer Tom Walker at the Royal Christmas carol concert as he sung a rendition of “For Those Who Can't Be Here” on Christmas Eve.

    A royal source told People that Kate has taken “great comfort” in playing music throughout the pandemic.

    The source told the publication: “Music was very important to the Duchess during the lockdowns.

    “She also recognizes the powerful way in which music brings people together — especially during difficult times.

    “For these reasons, she was keen to be part of Tom's performance in this way.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Recap: Prince Harry landed first 'job' this year

    The couple diverted from the royal 'norm' by revealing Harry had secured his first "job" post-Megxit.

    In March, the prince bagged the role of chief impact officer at Silicon Valley startup BetterUp Inc – a coaching and mental health firm in the US valued at £1.25billion.

    CEO Alexi Robichaux said while Harry would not manage employees, he was expected to be a part of all-hands meetings and special company events in the "meaningful and meaty" position.

    His salary and working hours have been kept a secret, but similar roles at other Silicon Valley firms can command seven figures.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan & Harry’s massive year revealed

    The royal couple have dropped bombshell after bombshell in the last 12 months, providing enough jaw-dropping moments to last a lifetime.

    So from outrageous TV moments to becoming parents for the second time, here are 10 of the Sussexes massive milestones for 2021.

    1. Megxit becomes official
    2. Bombshell Oprah interview
    3. Messing around with Ellen
    4. Meghan the 'bully'
    5. Harry lands first 'job'
    6. Meg's debut book
    7. Lilibet is born
    8. Big birthday celebrations
    9. Privacy case victory
    10. Harry comes home

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Crossbow laws could be tightened

    The Home Secretary has ordered a review of crossbow laws after an armed intruder scaled Windsor Castle and threatened to kill the Queen on Christmas Day.

    Priti Patel could tighten rules that allow adults to buy the "lethal" weapon without any identification or background checks.

    Jaswant Singh Chail, 19, was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, shortly after chilling footage emerged of a masked man threatening to kill the Queen, 95.

    The teenager had allegedly scaled a fence at Windsor Castle – where Her Majesty was due to celebrate Christmas with her family.

    He was 500 metres from the Queen’s private apartments, inside the castle grounds.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry on his memoir

    In a statement announcing he will publish the memoir from his £11million mansion in Montecito, California, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.

    “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

    “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

    Harry signed with publisher Penguin Random House and will be donating any fee to charity.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry ‘could host The Late Late Show’

    PRINCE Harry could host The Late Late Show in a one night only appearance to promote his controversial memoir, a royal expert has claimed.

    The tell-all memoir which will examine the “highs and lows” of his extraordinary life is set to be released next year.

    Royal commentator Neil Sean has claimed that the Prince is considering taking over from “The Late Late Show” host James Corden to “sell his book”.

    Mr Sean told The Express: “One of the ideas that they're floating around over at CBS is the fact that Prince Harry, for one night only, could simply take over The Late Late Show which is hosted by James Corden.

    “When you think about it does make perfect sense simply because they're good chums and, of course, it would be a great way for Prince Harry to sell that book directly to the American public. 

    "They could film some sort of skits and jokes, the type of thing that happens on these late-night shows."

  • Milica Cosic

    Pals say Windsor Castle suspect was ‘odd’

    THE teenager suspected of scaling Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow on Christmas Day has been described by old school friends as "odd".

    One former pal said Chail was an oddball who tried to make others laugh with inappropriate jokes in the classroom.

    They told the Daily Mail: "He was always a bit odd and quiet most of the time."

    Another old mate, who did not want to be named, said: "He seemed like a normal lad really.

    "Nothing to distinguish him from anything else. There was one big incident with him getting in a fight with someone but that was back when he was 13."

    Jaswant Singh Chail, 19, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, shortly after chilling footage showed a masked man threatening to kill the Queen, 95.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meg & Harry could become 'world's richest personal brand'

    Meghan and Harry could could become the "world's richest personal brand", according to an expert.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have stepped down as senior royals, but that doesn’t seem to have hindered their ability to rake in the cash.

    Between them, they have job in banking and at a Silicon Valley startup., multimillion dollar partnerships with Netflix, Spotify and Apple, investments in vegan coffee, a children's book and an upcoming memoir, and well-paid public speaking gigs.

    Andrew Bloch, branding expert and founder of Frank PR, told Fabulous: "I would estimate their combined net worth is circa £250million."

  • Milica Cosic

    'A game with no rules'

    Meghan claimed it was a victory "not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what's right".

    She added: "From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong.

    "The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules.

    "The longer they dragged it out, the more they could twist facts and manipulate the public (even during the appeal itself), making a straightforward case extraordinarily convoluted in order to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers – a model that rewards chaos above truth."

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle could receive more than £1.5MILLION

    MEGHAN Markle could receive more than £1.5million after winning her three-year High Court privacy battle.

    The Mail on Sunday has acknowledged the Duchess of Sussex won her copyright claim against the newspaper's publisher for printing extracts of a letter she wrote to her estranged dad – and have agreed to pay "financial remedies".

    Her team said her legal costs were estimated to be £1.5m – demanding half was paid within 14 days – but Lord Justice Warby ordered the Mail on Sunday to pay £450,000 in costs, with the possibility of more to be paid in the future.

  • Milica Cosic

    The Royal Mint on the new coins

    Clare Maclennan, from The Royal Mint, said: "Each year, the Royal Mint unveils a series of commemorative coins to celebrate key milestones that helped shape Britain.

    "This year's Annual Set is particularly special with a new 50 pence, £5 crown and special platinum set in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    "As the Original Maker of UK coins, the Royal Mint has been trusted to strike coins for Her Majesty throughout an historic 70 years on the throne and celebrated royal milestones such as previous Jubilees on commemorative crown pieces.

    "The Platinum Jubilee celebration is a spectacular first for the British monarchy and for UK coins, and it is fitting that this historic anniversary has been celebrated on 50 pence – which is Britain's most loved, collectable coin."

  • Milica Cosic

    The new Platinum Jubilee 50p and £5 coins

    THE Royal Mint has unveiled its first two coins celebrating the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

    A 50p is the only one of its kind to salute a royal event while a £5 coin follows a tradition of marking jubilees on crown pieces.

  • Milica Cosic

    Rewind to the bombshell interview

    In what some have dubbed the TV event of 2021, Meghan and Harry gave an exclusive, tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey.

    The couple sparked royal uproar after accusing an unnamed senior member of the Firm of racism and suggesting other family members were jealous of Meghan.

    They also told Kate was the one who had made Meghan cry during a row over bridesmaid dresses, and Harry felt “trapped within the system” like his brother and dad.

    Their other bombshell claims included being cut off financially after Megxit and how the Duchess of Sussex had contemplated suicide while pregnant.

  • Milica Cosic

    A look back at Meghan’s appearance on Ellen

    In her second major TV appearance, Meghan joined US TV host Ellen DeGeneres on the sofa for her self-titled show.

    The duchess made several surprising revelations, and also took part in a cringeworthy prank which saw her imitate a cat before drinking milk from a baby bottle.

    In other toe-curling clips, she giggled at her own royal title, told a hot sauce seller “mummy wants some heat, and referred to Harry as her “boo”.

    She followed in the footsteps of only a handful of royals to appear on TV, including Princess Diana and Prince Andrew.

  • Louis Allwood

    Did the intruder get close to the Queen?

    The Queen was having breakfast at the time and was informed of the break-in   along with other members of the Royal Family present at the Castle.

    The Queen, 95, was in her private apartments where she was preparing for her first Christmas Day without late husband Prince Philip. 

    As many as 20 family members were inside the castle.

    They were thought to include  Mike and Zara Tindall, Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and their children.

    This meant the castle was already on high alert as so many royals were in one place at the same time.

    It remained unclear how and when the intruder made his way to Windsor Castle from his home in Southampton, Hants.

  • Louis Allwood

    Palace prowler brands masked crossbow teen ‘disgusting’

    The petty crook — who came face-to-face with Her Majesty in her bedroom in 1982 — insisted that the 95-year-old monarch’s security needed to be boosted.

     Jaswant Singh Chail made the threat in a video released before the 19-year-old was held by armed police at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.

    Fagan, now 71, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. The Queen is just a little old lady these days. She has given her everything for this country and to threaten to kill her is totally out of order.

    “Why would someone even think of doing something like that? It’s a disgrace. He’s probably been brainwashed by what he’s read online.

    “There is a big difference between what I did and what he planned to do.

    “I wanted to have a chat and tell her what was wrong with the country. He wanted to kill her.

     “Her security clearly still isn’t good enough. They are lucky he didn’t get as close as I did.”

  • Louis Allwood

    The locations for Sussexes Xmas card

    The gorgeous family photo was taken during the summer at the pair’s home in California.

    It’s understood the digital personal holiday card was sent to friends and family.

    The Christmas card snap is the first glimpse the world has had of little Lilibet after the Sussexes welcomed the tot into the world earlier this year.

    Alongside the family snaps, Meghan and Harry donated funds to multiple charities – including Paid Leave For All and Human First Coalition.

  • Louis Allwood

    A difficult Xmas for the Queen

    In her Christmas broadcast, the Queen also celebrated her love for her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9, 2021.

    This Christmas is the first for 73 years she won’t be spending with Prince Philip.

    She made an emotional speech about how she misses his “mischievous twinkle” and his ability to “squeeze fun out of any situation”.

    The monarch fondly recalled his sense of fun but also said she was “proud beyond words” of his achievements.

    The Queen said her late husband was an “early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Hidden signs in Meghan & Harry’s Christmas card 

    THESE are the five hidden signs in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Christmas card.

    • ‘Happy Holidays’
    • Harry’s bare feet
    • Matching denim
    • ‘Diana’s’ bracelet
    • Wedding photographer

    Read the article in full here.

    Kate & William’s ‘concern’ for safety

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly been left upset after Scotland Yard instigated a reorganisation of their security arrangements.

    The Daily Mail reports: “Protection officers occupy very unique positions with MRFs [members of the Royal Family]. They are with them 24 hours a day and it understandably takes a long time to build up a good relationship of confidence and trust.

    “Several very well-liked and respected officers have been moved on from their roles, not through any fault of their own. It’s simply because of this desire to shake things up a bit, sometimes for the sake of it, it seems. Everyone is unhappy about it, not least some of the principals [royals].”

    It comes after the Queen faced a security scare when a man bearing what police termed “an offensive weapon” was arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas morning. 

    Queen's Xmas speech tops ratings chart

    According to overnight rating figures, this year's Queen's Christmas speech topped the Christmas Day viewing charts.

    Her Majesty's emotional address to the nation was the most-watched broadcast on December 25, drawing an audience of 8.96 million people.

    The speech aired on the 25 December at 3pm on BBC One, ITV and Sky News.

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry & Meghan mourn ‘beloved icon’ Desmond Tutu

      PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle last night hailed Archbishop Desmond Tutu as an "icon" who was "beloved around the world".

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who had met the activist back in 2019, shared a statement for his passing.

      The statement reads: "Archbishop Tutu will be remembered for his optimism, his moral clarity and his joyful spirit.

      "He was an icon for racial justice and beloved across the world.

      "It was only two years ago that he held our son, Archie, while we were in South Africa- ”Arch and the Arch” he had joked, his infectious laughter ringing through the room, relaxing anyone in his presence.

      "He remained a friend and will be sorely missed by all.”

      Harry and Meghan had met the Archbishop and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe in September 2019 during a visit to South Africa.

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry could appear on a US chat show

      According to a royal expert, Prince Harry could appear on a popular US chat show to promote his memoirs next year.

      Royal expert Neil Sean said promotion could see the prince take over from James Corden on The Late Late Show. 

      Neil went on to claim that publishers Penguin Random House are likely to expect "a lot of media attention" to promote the memoirs.

      They are due to be released at the end of 2022.

      However, royal fans are upset at this and have accused Prince Harry of trying to upstage the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year, with one royal fan saying: "They cannot upstage Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. They're not relevant anymore."

    • Louis Allwood

      Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's "isolated world"

      Taking a look back at October of this year, a royal expert warned the couple have built an "isolated world" for themselves and are "desperate to control the narrative".

      A biographer who is currently writing a book about Meghan claims they are "alienating their families".

      Biographer Tom Bower told Closer magazine : "Harry and Meghan have totally isolated themselves. They seem to think they will be stronger by cutting people out, but they’re really just alienating their families. I think it’s very sad for them both and their children."

    • Louis Allwood

      ‘Big things are coming’ for Meg & Harry

      Spotify previously said “big things are coming” and urged listeners to “stay tuned”.

      One source said recently: “Spotify were delighted when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them.

      “Particularly as they seem to have no problem producing content for other platforms.”

      Despite this, it is understood the couple were not paid their full £18million fee from Spotify up front.

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