A controlled explosion by police took place in Trafalgar Square, London this morning after a suspicious vehicle was found in the area.
The busy square was briefly evacuated ahead of platinum jubilee celebrations but it is now being reopened. The car has been also since removed and the Metropolitan Police have told The Independent it was a “false alarm.”
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that her Majesty is expected to watch the major sporting event on television at Windsor Castle, after experiencing “discomfort” following a busy first day of festivities on Thursday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visit Cardiff, Wales today ahead of a jubilee concert at Cardiff Castle while Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex will visit Northern Ireland for festivites.
Stars and members of the royal family will take to the stage for the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert, aired live from 7.30pm outside Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet, also celebrates her first birthday today at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.
Princess Anne arrives at Epsom Derby
The Princess Royal has arrived for Epsom Derby Day with her family, while the Queen watches the horse racing from home.
It was announced on Friday that the Queen would not attend the major sporting event today, opting instead to view it on television from Windsor Castle, where she has been sent a souvenir race card to follow the action.
Princess Anne, alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, arrived at the sold-out racecourse in Surrey just before 1pm as part of a procession, which included her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, who was with her husband, former rugby player Mike.
Crowds cheered and waved union flags as they made their way in to the course, with Anne seen smiling.
Jubilee celebrations took place in the Queen’s absence, with 40 jockeys who have ridden for the owner-breeder donning the royal racing silks and forming a guard of honour before the national anthem was sung.
Five of the monarch’s former racehorses were also paraded, and a selection of hats inspired by the seven decades of her reign have been displayed.
Will and Kate arrive in Cardiff
Prince William and Kate Middleton have arrived in Cardiff, Wales ahead of a platinum jubilee concert at Cardiff Castle.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by children Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, and will meet the performers and crew involved in the special performance taking place in the castle grounds on Saturday afternoon.
The couple and their children are set to watch the show’s rehearsals and meet some of the performers, including Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler.
Bonnie was made an MBE last week as a part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to music.
The visit is one many made by the royal household across the United Kingdom to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 13:10
Racegoers arrive at Epsom Derby
Racegoers have begun to arrive at the Epsom Derby in preparation for the day’s sporting events.
Attendees – many dressed in jubilee-themed clothing – will begin placing their bets on participating horses ahead of the events start time of 5.30pm.
While the Queen pulled out of attending the Derby due to experiening “discomfort” after Thursday’s jubilee celebrations, Princess Anne is thought to make an appearance.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 12:55
Police have ‘no further concern’ about Trafalgar Square incident
Police say they have “no further concerns” about an incident in Trafalgar Square this morning, where they carried out a controlled explosion and evacuated members of the public.
The Metropolitan Police say a “suspicious vehicle” was reported to them at around 9.22am and the location was evacuated briefly at around 11.06am.
The square is now being reopened and police told The Independent it was a “false alarm.”
They also confirmed the incident was “not terrorism related” and the vehicle in question has since been removed.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 12:30
‘Controlled explosion’ at Trafalgar Square
Police carried out a controlled explosion in Trafalgar Square, London this morning after a suspicious vehicle had been found in the area.
The public were evacuated from the location ahead of busy jubilee celebrations throughout central London today, but the square is now being reopened.
Police remain on the scene.
A representative from the Metropolitan Police told The Independent it was a “false alarm” and the car has since been removed.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 12:10
What time does the Platinum Jubilee concert start and how can I watch it?
As a part of today’s platinum jubilee celebrations, the BBC is holding a Platinum Party At The Palace concert, which will see a range of famous famous perform.
Around 22,000 people are set to attend the event, including 10,000 members of the public who won tickets in the public ballot, which closed on 23 March. Over 7,500 tickets were designated for key workers, members of the armed forces, volunteers and charities.
The concert will include performances from Queen with Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Hans Zimmer and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder.
The Platinum Party At The Palace is set to take place outside Buckingham Palace at 7.30pm.
For those who were unable to get tickets, the concert is being broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 11:50
Police briefly evacuate Trafalgar Square after “incident”
Police briefly evacuated Trafalgar Square this morning ahead of further jubilee celebrations.
The Metropolitan Police said they were on scene at 11.06am and warned people not to travel to the area.
At 11.16am, they said the “incident” had concluded and the square will “reopen in due course.”
The details of the incident are not yet known.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 11:35
Prince Edward and Sophie visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland today as a part of ongoing jubilee celebrations.
The Earl and Countess will join members of the public at a 1950s-themed celebration on Royal Avenue in the city and will meet groups of performers, including the Belfast Busking Band.
They are also set to hear stories of the city’s diverse communities over the last 70 years, which will be explored through fashion, photography, music and dance.
Prince Edward will go on to meet older members of the local community, brought together by Age Friendly Belfast to share their memories and experiences, while the Countess will join in with special jubilee craft activities – including making crowns and corgis with school children – before viewing a showcase of fashion through the ages.
The couple will also try a local delicacy, the Belfast Bap, will visit stalls at the Retro Jubilee Market and watch a community dance performance that celebrates the last seven decades.
The royal couple will then travel to their second engagement in the region, thought to be in Bangor, on Saturday afternoon.
Additional reporting by PA
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 11:30
People gather on Mall ahead of Party at the Palace
People have begun to gather on the Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace, London ahead of this evening’s jubilee concert.
The Party at the Palace will see stars such as Queen with Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys and Duran Duran perform.
Other famous faces such as David Attenborough and Emma Raducanu are also expected to be in attendance.
Buckingham Palace have not confirmed the Queen’s attendance as Her Majesty has already pulled out of today’s Epsom Derby due to experiencing “discomfort” after Thursday’s celebrations.
But, Prince Charles and Prince William will reportedly take the stage to deliver personal messages on behalf of and to the Queen.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 11:15
Best moments from Friday’s jubilee celebrations
On Friday, we saw members of the royal family, leading politicians and other famous famous come together at St Paul’s cathedral for a historic service of thanksgiving in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
While the Queen herself was not in attendance due to experiencing “discomfort” following Thursday’s busy day of events, she watched the service on television from Windsor Castle.
Meghan Markle returned to the UK after two years, accompanied by husband Prince Harry and other notable attendees of the service included Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Furvah Shah4 June 2022 11:00