Victoria Beckham, Catherine Zeta Jones and Ed Sheeran led the stars paying tribute to the Queen to mark her milestone Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend.
Victoria, 48, shared some Spice Girls throwbacks on Friday to mark the occasion, writing: ‘Hoping you’re all having a super spicy Jubilee weekend!’
The first snap showed Victoria with her bandmates greeting the Queen in 1997 – while a further snap of the group showed them sprawled on a Union Jack flag.
Girl power: Victoria Beckham, Catherine Zeta Jones and Ed Sheeran led the stars paying tribute to the Queen to mark her milestone Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Spice Girls pictured 1997)
Singer Ed, 31, who is due to perform ‘Perfect’ in honour of the Queen and Prince Philip at Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant, shared snaps of himself meeting Her Majesty and performing at the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 – as he reflected on ‘life going full circle.’
He wrote: ’20 years ago I decided I wanted to pick up a guitar because I watched the Golden Jubilee on tv, saw Eric Clapton play Layla and said ‘that’s what I wanna do’.
’10 years later I played The A Team at the Diamond Jubilee, and now 10 years on I’m playing the Platinum Jubilee this Sunday. Life is weird how it keeps coming full circle in lovely ways. Tune in on Sunday and see ya there x’
Palace on the hill: Singer Ed, 31, who is due to perform ‘Perfect’ in honour of the Queen and Prince Philip at Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant, shared snaps of himself meeting Her Majesty (pictured with Kylie Minogue in 2012)
Icons: Victoria, 48, shared some Spice Girls throwbacks to mark the occasion, writing: Hoping you’re all having a super spicy Jubilee weekend!’ (pictured 1997)
Patriotic: Victoria was seen with some red and blue balloons in the 1990s
Catherine Zeta Jones, 52, posted her video message, shown during Thursday’s Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee programme.
She said: ‘Thank you so much, ma’am, for everything you do for us, our country and to all around the Commonwealth’, before signing off in Welsh.
Host Alan Carr, 45, posted a fun snap with waxworks of the Queen, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
He wrote: ‘Happy platinum Jubilee ma’am – it was an honour meeting you and your family. Have a wonderful day.’
Reflection: Singer Ed, 31, who is due to perform ‘Perfect’ in honour of the Queen and Prince Philip at Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant, shared snaps of himself meeting Her Highness and performing at the Diamond Jubilee in 2012
He’ll be back: Ed will be seen on Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant (pictured 2012 at the Diamond Jubilee concert)
Congrats: Catherine Zeta Jones, 52, posted her video message, shown during Thursday’s Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee programme
Fun: Host Alan Carr, 45, posted a fun snap with waxworks of the Queen, Prince William and Kate Middleton
Myleene Klass, Lizzie Cundy and Emma Bunton got the party started on Thursday as Bank Holiday celebrations kicked off across the United Kingdom.
Street parties will take place up and down the country as boozy Brits make the most of a three-day weekend, capped by a star-studded musical extravaganza outside London’s Buckingham palace on Saturday evening.
And a host of celebrities were evidently keen to make an early start, with radio and TV personality Lizzie, 54, enjoying a knees-up with friends in the back garden of her west London home.
The former WAG was appropriately dressed for the occasion in a regal red gown and raffish tiara as she downed champagne and mingled with guests displaying their Britishness in Union Jack suits and dresses.
Here we go: Lizzie Cundy led the celebrity celebrations as Brits up and down the country celebrated The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday
Elsewhere former Spice Girl Emma Bunton reminisced about her meeting with The Queen two decades ago, as she celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
The singer, 46, shared a photo of herself alongside a beaming Her Majesty, taken after her Jubilee performance with The Spice Girls on The Mall.
Captioning the shot, she wrote: ‘The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the pop concert in the garden of Buckingham Palace. That was such an amazing day!’
Bandmate Geri Horner was also in a wistful mood, with the singer sharing her own throwback of a meeting with The Queen during The Spice Girls’ heyday.
‘HRH , our Queen ‘s 7O years of service and inspirational leadership,’ the singer, 49, wrote alongside the image.
Old times: Elsewhere former Spice Girl Emma Bunton reminisced about her meeting with The Queen two decades ago, as she celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002
All for you: The Queen smiles as members of the Royal Family attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London
Getting involved: Smooth Radio presenter Myleene Klass used her platform to air an appropriately titled Abba track, before sharing a short video from her studio booth with Instagram followers
Deference: David Beckham also paid tribute to Her Majesty by sharing a handful of images taken throughout her life
Iconic: The former footballer’s posts included images of the Queen during childhood and pictures taken during the early years of her reign as head of state
Looking back: Beckham also fondly remembered one of his own meetings with Her Majesty in 2016 as the country celebrated
Seventy years: Beckham’s middle son Romeo followed his father’s lead by sharing one of the portrait photos used by his dad
Smooth Radio presenter Myleene Klass, 44, used her platform to air an appropriately titled Abba track, before sharing a short video from her studio booth with Instagram followers.
Captioning the post, she wrote: God save the (dancing) Queen. Music Royalty for the Jubilee today.’
Former England captain David Beckham posted on Instagram: ‘Today, we celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 70 years of service and inspirational leadership of our country. Let’s come together and commemorate her remarkable reign with a great British party these next few days.’
The retired Manchester United and Real Madrid footballer, 47, accompanied his post with a variety of images taken during The Queen’s life, including one of his own meeting with Her Majesty at her Young Leaders Awards’ in 2016.
Continuing the sporting theme, the England team also joined in by posting a video with Three Lions captain Harry Kane and Lionesses star Leah Williamson thanking the Queen for her 70 years of service.
Kane, 28, said: ‘From me and all of the England team I want to congratulate you on your Platinum Jubilee. Thank you for your incredible 70 years of incredible service.
‘Please enjoy the celebrations this weekend and we all really look forward to the country uniting to celebrate your remarkable achievement.’
Williamson, 25, added: ‘Your Majesty as you celebrate your Platinum Jubilee on behalf of the England’s women’s team I would like to thank you for your 70 years of service.
‘We hope you enjoy your special day as the nation comes together this weekend to recognise your remarkable achievement.’
This is for you: The sporting theme continued with England skipper Harry Kane thanking the Queen in a special video tribute
Happy Jubes babes: Rylan Clark was also among those to pay tribute as celebrations got underway on Thursday afternoon
Ginger spice: Geri Horner shared a throwback to her meeting with The Queen during The Spice Girls’ heyday
Greetings Ma’am: Fearne Cotton shared her memories of meeting The Queen with Instagram followers on Thursday
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl: The Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to The Queen by sharing a 1996 photo of their meeting at the opening of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Rylan Clark’s tribute to The Queen was notably shorter, with the presenter, 33, sharing a photo of his very own personalised Royal case with the accompanying caption: ‘Happy Jubes babes.’
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, 79, admitted Her Majesty was a pretty nice girl in his own post, a 1996 photo of the iconic musician alongside The Queen at the opening of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
’70 beautiful years of Queen Elizabeth the second. Congrats ma’ am! And thanks – Paul,’ he added in a direct address to the head of state.
Fellow music legend Sir Tom Jones fondly remembered various meetings with The Queen throughout his career, including his first as an up and coming singer in the 1960s.
The veteran star, 81, shared a black and white photo of their first face-to-face alongside a more recent shot of himself greeting The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012.
Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Always inspiring, the magnificent Queen Elizabeth II.’
Thanks for everything: Sir Tom Jones shared a photo of himself and The Queen from his days as an up and coming singer in the 1960s
Old friends: He followed it up with a second image of the pair, taken at a later stage in his career
Special occasion: Sir Tom also looked back at this meeting with Her Majesty during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012
Using one of The Queen’s own quotes alongside a photo of himself and Her Majesty, pop star and West End performer Jason Donovan, 54, wrote: ‘”When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.” Celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022.’
Elsewhere opera singer Katherine Jenkins, 41, referenced the special occasion by wearing a red ‘God Save The Queen’ T-shirt, tucked into a pair of jeans.
The blonde – who is happily married to director husband Andrew Levitas, with whom she raises two children – revealed she is going on voice rest to prepare for the big concert on Friday, when she will sing in front of Her Majesty.
Alongside the photo she wrote: ‘Happy Platty Jubes! On my way to @GMB to talk about this weekend and my concert at Sandringham tomorrow night.
‘Wearing @fundjumpers charity T shirt to get in the mood for this historic celebration but also because they donate 100 school meals to children living in poverty with every jumper sold.’
Looking good: Katherine Jenkins beamed in a red ‘God Save The Queen’ T-shirt before her appearance on Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning ahead of her Jubilee performance
Exciting: The blonde beauty – who is happily married to director husband Andrew Levitas, with whom she raises two children – revealed she is going on voice rest to prepare for the big concert on Friday, when she will sing in front of the Queen
Good time: Gemma Collins filmed the preparations for her extravagant Platinum Jubilee party on Thursday afternoon
On the mic: The party appeared to feature entertainment from singer FiL Straughan, a former contestant on ITV show Starstruck
Looking good: Outdoor tables and helium filled balloons alongside a personalised Gemma Collins swing-seat could be seen
Here we go: Sir Rod Stewart posed with his family outside the Buckingham palace gates ahead of his performance on Friday
The Duchess of Cambridge and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis waved for cheering crowds at Trooping the Colour as they began the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in style.
Three carriages left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family down The Mall this morning, with the Duchess of Cornwall riding alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first carriage.
They were followed in the glorious sunshine by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James, Viscount Severn, and finally the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.
looking lovely: Dam Joan Collins complemented The Queen on her appearance while watching live coverage of the celebrations on TV
Joyous: Pop star Jason Donovan quoted Her Majesty in an Instagram tribute shared with followers on Thursday afternoon
Lovely: The singer also shared a stunning sepia toned photograph of The Queen from her first years as head of state
For you: Former Page 3 girl Linda Lusardi was also on hand to honour The Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Louis sat between his older siblings George and Charlotte in a carriage, with Kate and Camilla sat opposite. The children, who were dressed in a light blue, navy and white colour scheme, waved to the crowds – and at one point Charlotte appeared to push Louis’s hand down, while the Princess squinted in the sunshine as the carriage left.
Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, with Her Majesty later appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF fly-past at 1:00pm.
Delight: Royal fans cheer near Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London this morning
Celebration: Members of the Household Division Foot Guards’ bands march past Buckingham Palace during the Birthday Parade
Here they come: Other Royal Family members had started off the Trooping the Colour festivities – with the Duchess of Cambridge and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis waving for excited crowds
Special appearance: Meghan Markle is seen with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade in London this afternoon
In attendance: Prince Harry speaks to the Duke of Kent with Meghan Markle as they attend Trooping The Colour in London this afternoon
Respect: Prince Louis salutes as he watches Trooping the Colour with Princess Charlotte on a balcony at Horse Guards Parade today
Thousands of people draped in Union Jack flags, party hats and plastic tiaras lined The Mall in the warm sunshine today. Some of those at the front brought camping chairs, having arrived over the past few days to get the best spot, and spirits were high as members of the public chatted and joked with police maintaining the perimeter.
However, police then swooped on four intruders tried to smash through security on The Mall. Two of the protesters – who were from Animal Rebellion – were able to sit in the middle of the road as the marching band approached. Officers hauled them out of the way as the musicians walked by them, avoiding them completely.
The Irish Guards were among the first to arrive at a march at Horse Guards Parade this morning in front of the sitting crowds in the bright sunshine, led by their mascot, an Irish Wolfhound called Seamus.
And as huge crowds descended on the capital to witness the historic weekend, police and park authorities said the areas were full.
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘The viewing areas in central London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are now full. To avoid the disappointment of not being able to enter the viewing areas please avoid the area.’
And the Royal Parks added: ‘Crowds have flocked to St James’s Park for Trooping the Colour and public viewing areas are now at full capacity. Please do not head to St James’s Park but enjoy the Jubilee celebrations elsewhere.’
Leading the way: The 96-year-old monarch, who wore her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit used in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait released last night, took the salute this afternoon after arriving from Windsor Castle
Humbled: At one point the monarch appeared to be overcome by emotion as she looked out at the adoring crowds – some of whom had camped out for days to get a prime spot for viewing