William and Kate bring their children George and Charlotte to Wales


Prince William and Kate were joined by Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they brought the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to Wales today while visiting concert rehearsals at Cardiff Castle. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with George, eight, and Charlotte, seven, met performers and crew involved in a special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert taking place within the grounds of the castle.

William and Kate seemed to encourage their shy-looking children to shake hands and introduce themselves to dignitaries as they arrived in the Welsh capital, though Charlotte was soon beaming. It is the young royals’ first official visit to Wales and one of the first times they have greeted and interacted with members of the public. 

Missing was Prince Louis who stole the show when he appeared on Buckingham Palace’s balcony with his family and the Queen after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Thursday.

The couple and their children are due to watch rehearsals and meet some of the acts taking part in the celebrations including Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. Bonnie was last week made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to music.

The visit is one of a number members of the royal household are carrying out across the UK to mark the Jubilee. While the Cambridges visited Cardiff, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex arrived in Northern Ireland. 

Harry and Meghan, on the other hand, are expected to be absent from Jubilee celebrations today, as they celebrate daughter Lilibet’s first birthday at Windsor and continue to keep a low-profile. 

According to Omid Scobie, they will mark the birthday ‘together privately as a family’. The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla and the Cambridges all wished Lilibet a happy birthday through their social media accounts.

Later, William and his father Prince Charles will take centre stage in front of a crowd of 22,000 to pay tribute to the Queen during a star-studded Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace. 

The father and son – both future kings – will speak separately in honour of the monarch towards the end of the BBC’s open-air Party at the Palace show, on the third evening of the four-day Jubilee festivities.

Despite the event not starting until 8pm, royal fans began arriving at The Mall from 8am to get the best spot. 

It is thought unlikely the Queen will attend the concert but confirmation of any movements will be released later today. She will also not attend today’s Epsom Derby Day, but is expected to be glued to the TV, watching the developments from Windsor. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Cardiff Castle this afternoon

Princess Charlotte appeared to offer her older brother a flower as they walked around Cardiff Castle with their parents this afternoon

Princess Charlotte appeared to offer her older brother a flower as they walked around Cardiff Castle with their parents this afternoon

The Cambridges seemed in high spirits as they left Cardiff Castle this afternoon following their appearance

The Cambridges seemed in high spirits as they left Cardiff Castle this afternoon following their appearance 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during their visit to Cardiff Castle to meet performers and crew involved in the special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during their visit to Cardiff Castle to meet performers and crew involved in the special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visit Cardiff Castle

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visit Cardiff Castle

Prince William speaks to his children as the family leave Cardiff Castle after greeting royal well wishers during Jubilee celebrations

Prince William speaks to his children as the family leave Cardiff Castle after greeting royal well wishers during Jubilee celebrations

The family appeared as tight-knit as usual as they arrived in Cardiff ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Wales

The family appeared as tight-knit as usual as they arrived in Cardiff ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte speak to wellwishers during their visit to Cardiff Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte speak to wellwishers during their visit to Cardiff Castle

William and Kate, alongside Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, are in Cardiff ahead of a performance in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

William and Kate, alongside Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, are in Cardiff ahead of a performance in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Princess Charlotte and her mother Kate appeared to be in high spirits as they met royals fans in Cardiff this afternoon

Princess Charlotte and her mother Kate appeared to be in high spirits as they met royals fans in Cardiff this afternoon

Kate appeared very happy and gave a royal wave to fans after she was handed a bouquet of flowers while visiting Cardiff Castle

Kate appeared very happy and gave a royal wave to fans after she was handed a bouquet of flowers while visiting Cardiff Castle

Charlotte watched on as her clearly delighted mother accepted the flowers and spoke with some supportive locals

Charlotte watched on as her clearly delighted mother accepted the flowers and spoke with some supportive locals

The royal youngsters joined their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Cardiff Castle on Saturday. It was the siblings' first official visit to Wales, Kensington Palace said

The royal youngsters joined their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Cardiff Castle on Saturday. It was the siblings’ first official visit to Wales, Kensington Palace said

George was seen grinning as William stood behind him with his hands on his shoulders - with the prince wearing a mini-me version of his father's blue suit and open necked shirt

George was seen grinning as William stood behind him with his hands on his shoulders – with the prince wearing a mini-me version of his father’s blue suit and open necked shirt

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge departs after a visit of Cardiff Castle for the Platinum Jubilee with her family

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge departs after a visit of Cardiff Castle for the Platinum Jubilee with her family

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during their visit to Cardiff Castle to meet performers and crew involved in the special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during their visit to Cardiff Castle to meet performers and crew involved in the special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Cardiff Castle in Wales

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Cardiff Castle in Wales

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge depart from Cardiff Castle after meeting with performers

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge depart from Cardiff Castle after meeting with performers

The Duchess led the young royal around Cardiff Castle with Charlotte seemingly in high spirits as she met royal supporters

The Duchess led the young royal around Cardiff Castle with Charlotte seemingly in high spirits as she met royal supporters

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge during a visit to Cardiff Castle

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge during a visit to Cardiff Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during their visit to Cardiff Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during their visit to Cardiff Castle 

The young Prince and Princess watch on as their parents chat with royal fans at Cardiff Castle this afternoon

The young Prince and Princess watch on as their parents chat with royal fans at Cardiff Castle this afternoon

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte greeted members of the public on their first official royal visit to Wales

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte greeted members of the public on their first official royal visit to Wales

The little royal wore a navy blue button up coat dress from Amaia London, which she previously wore to Prince Philip 's memorial service in March of this year

The little royal wore a navy blue button up coat dress from Amaia London, which she previously wore to Prince Philip 's memorial service in March of this year

The little royal wore a navy blue button up coat dress from Amaia London, which she previously wore to Prince Philip ‘s memorial service in March of this year

The Cambridges took the time to greet royal fans as they arrived in Cardiff for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Cambridges took the time to greet royal fans as they arrived in Cardiff for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Though Prince George appeared shy, Princess Charlotte sported a happy smile as they greeted crowds in Cardiff

Though Prince George appeared shy, Princess Charlotte sported a happy smile as they greeted crowds in Cardiff

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Cardiff Castle in Wales

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Cardiff Castle in Wales

The couple and their children are due to watch rehearsals and meet some of the acts taking part in the celebrations at Cardiff Castle

The couple and their children are due to watch rehearsals and meet some of the acts taking part in the celebrations at Cardiff Castle

William and Kate encouraged their shy-looking children to shake hands and introduce themselves to dignitaries as they arrived in the Welsh capital

William and Kate encouraged their shy-looking children to shake hands and introduce themselves to dignitaries as they arrived in the Welsh capital

Princess Charlotte was out before her brother George and appeared to sport a shy smile as she was greeted by waiting dignitaries

Princess Charlotte was out before her brother George and appeared to sport a shy smile as she was greeted by waiting dignitaries

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

Princess Anne arrived in her place alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence 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.

Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo were pictured leaving the Maison Estelle private member’s club at 1am last night. 

The Met Office has warned of thunder and downpours this morning – but a second round of storms is set to miss concert-goers at the Party at the Palace. 

The Queen delighted crowds on Thursday with an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony, where she is expected to appear again after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.

However she was unable to attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, after experiencing some ‘discomfort’ during the first day of celebrations. 

She has also spent some personal time with the Sussexes, who have brought their children Archie and Lilibet over from the US – the latter of whom the monarch has met for the first time this weekend. 

Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were presented with the Belfast bap - a local delicacy

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were presented with the Belfast bap – a local delicacy

Not your everyday barman! Prince Edward serves a pint of Guinness for a woman during a visit to Bangor in Northern Ireland

Not your everyday barman! Prince Edward serves a pint of Guinness for a woman during a visit to Bangor in Northern Ireland

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend a Platinum Jubilee celebration in Belfast this morning

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend a Platinum Jubilee celebration in Belfast this morning

Sophie, Countess of Wessex greets well wishers as she arrives for a Platinum Jubilee celebration in Belfast this morning

Sophie, Countess of Wessex greets well wishers as she arrives for a Platinum Jubilee celebration in Belfast this morning

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are visiting Northern Ireland to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They will first visit Belfast, where the Royal couple will join members of the public at a 1950s-themed celebration on Royal Avenue in the city

Peter, 44, was joined by old school friend Lindsay Wallace as he attended the Epsom Derby with his mother Princess Anne and sister and brother-in-law Zara and Mike Tindall

Peter, 44, was joined by old school friend Lindsay Wallace as he attended the Epsom Derby with his mother Princess Anne and sister and brother-in-law Zara and Mike Tindall

Princess Anne was typically elegant in a cream coat and matching dress as she attended the event with her children

Princess Anne was typically elegant in a cream coat and matching dress as she attended the event with her children

Princess Anne was joined by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence at the Epsom Derby on Saturday

Princess Anne was joined by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence at the Epsom Derby on Saturday

Representing the Queen in her absence is Anne, Princess Royal, who has arrived at Epsom just before 1pm today

Princess Anne wore a pale green tweed dress with a matching jacket. Pictured as she arrived at Epsom Racecourse

After pulling out of the event today, Her Majesty has been sent a souvenir race card to follow the horse action from home. Representing the Queen in her absence is Anne, Princess Royal, who has arrived at Epsom just before 1pm today

Zara put on a stunning display in a vibrant blue dress as she joined her husband at the Epsom Derby on Saturday afternoon

Zara put on a stunning display in a vibrant blue dress as she joined her husband at the Epsom Derby on Saturday afternoon 

British Eurovision star Sam Ryder rehearsing outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the BBC's Party at the Palace concert

British Eurovision star Sam Ryder rehearsing outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the BBC’s Party at the Palace concert

Artist impression of the stage outside Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace which will be shown live on BBC One as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration

Artist impression of the stage outside Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace which will be shown live on BBC One as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration

People wrapped in Union Jack flags pose as they gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace

People wrapped in Union Jack flags pose as they gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace

A person holds a Union Jack themed umbrella as people gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace

A person holds a Union Jack themed umbrella as people gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace 

People gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace later this evening for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

People gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace later this evening for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Platinum Jubilee is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of the Queen

The Platinum Jubilee is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of the Queen

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace later this evening

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace later this evening

Sam and Lee from Cambridgeshire were feeling very patriotic wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks on The Mall

Sam and Lee from Cambridgeshire were feeling very patriotic wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks on The Mall

The Derby on Saturday June 4 was to be a personal highlight for the Queen during the four days of Jubilee festivities.

The head of state, a passionate horse owner and breeder, was due to be greeted on the course with a special guard of honour including up to 40 of her past and present jockeys. 

In the evening today, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions. 

Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, George Ezra, and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder are among the celebrity acts set to perform.

Three interconnected stages have been erected around the Victoria Memorial at the top of The Mall. The design incorporates 70 illuminated columns, one for each year of the Queen’s reign. 

The Queen, 96, who has been facing ongoing mobility problems, pulled out of attending the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after experiencing discomfort following two balcony appearances and a beacon lighting on Thursday.

Nearly 50 members of the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined in honour of the absent head of state for the religious occasion.

The Duchess of Cambridge said later the Queen had enjoyed Thursday’s celebrations but the day had been ‘very tiring’.

Saturday is the first birthday of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, who travelled with the Sussexes and older brother Archie for her first visit to the UK.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are visiting Northern Ireland to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

They will first visit Belfast, where the Royal couple will join members of the public at a 1950s-themed celebration on Royal Avenue in the city.

The earl and countess are meeting groups of performers, including the Belfast Busking Band, and will hear stories of the city’s diverse communities over the last 70 years, which will be explored through fashion, photography, music and dance.

The earl will also meet older members of the local community, brought together by Age Friendly Belfast to share their memories and experiences.

Meanwhile, the countess will join in with special platinum jubilee craft activities, 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, and will visit stalls at the Retro Jubilee Market.

Before leaving Belfast, the earl and countess will watch a community dance group perform a routine that celebrates the last seven decades.

The royal couple will then travel to their second engagement in the region on Saturday afternoon.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex sit with Belfast Lord Mayor Tina Black to watch a performance by local artists to celebrate the Queen's long reign

The Earl and Countess of Wessex sit with Belfast Lord Mayor Tina Black to watch a performance by local artists to celebrate the Queen’s long reign

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, speak to children in Belfast as they arrive to attend celebrations marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, speak to children in Belfast as they arrive to attend celebrations marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince Edward is greeted by lord Mayor of Belfast Tina Black on an official visit celebrating the Platinum Jubilee

Prince Edward is greeted by lord Mayor of Belfast Tina Black on an official visit celebrating the Platinum Jubilee

The Royal couple met local schoolchildren who performed a traditional folk dance

The Royal couple met local schoolchildren who performed a traditional folk dance

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan have attended several royal events before and arrived on The Mall before 6am to get a good spot

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan have attended several royal events before and arrived on The Mall before 6am to get a good spot

Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace as part of the four day platinum jubilee celebrations

Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace as part of the four day platinum jubilee celebrations

Royal fans take a nap as they queue on the Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee concert

Royal fans take a nap as they queue on the Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee concert

Nuns walk on the Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee concert later this evening

Nuns walk on the Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee concert later this evening

Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace

Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace

A woman wears a plastic crown as people gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace this evening

A woman wears a plastic crown as people gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace this evening

Revellers bring their camping gear at The Mall for the concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace this evening

Revellers bring their camping gear at The Mall for the concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace this evening

In the evening today, the BBC's Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions

In the evening today, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions

The Party at the Palace will be set on three stages in front of the Queen's London residence. Soul legend Ross will close the two-and-a-half hour show with her first UK live performance in 15 years

The Party at the Palace will be set on three stages in front of the Queen’s London residence. Soul legend Ross will close the two-and-a-half hour show with her first UK live performance in 15 years

The Party at the Palace will be set on three stages in front of the Queen’s London residence.

Soul legend Ross will close the two-and-a-half hour show with her first UK live performance in 15 years.

Star including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham and Stephen Fry will also feature, as well as a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John.

The evening will highlight global themes that have emerged or evolved during the the Queen’s reign including British and Commonwealth contributions in the fields of fashion, sport, the environment and pop music.

The Queen finally got to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet in a private meeting at Windsor.

It is believed that Harry and Meghan took their children to Windsor Castle to see their great-grandmother soon after they arrived in the UK, given the Queen’s current mobility problems, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Lilibet was, somewhat controversially, named in tribute to the Queen, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet. It was coined when the then Princess Elizabeth was a toddler in the 1920s and struggled to pronounce her own name properly.

The Queen’s father George VI was quoted as saying of his daughters: ‘Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.’

The nickname was also used by the monarch’s late husband, Prince Philip, as well as close family and friends.

At the time, many saw the Sussexes’ decision to name their daughter after the Queen as an attempt to emphasise their links with the Royal Family at a time when they were setting up lucrative commercial deals as part of their new independent lives in the US.

Buckingham Palace also became embroiled in a row over whether the Queen was consulted over the name in advance.

The BBC reported that the Sussexes had not asked permission to use the name and that none had been granted. 

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace outside Buckingham Palace

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace outside Buckingham Palace

Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, George Ezra, and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder are among the celebrity acts preparing to entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions

Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, George Ezra, and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder are among the celebrity acts preparing to entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace this evening

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace this evening

Clarence House and Kensington Palace announced both Charles and William would address the crowds at the high profile Platinum Party at the Palace, which falls on the third evening of the four-day Jubilee festivities

Clarence House and Kensington Palace announced both Charles and William would address the crowds at the high profile Platinum Party at the Palace, which falls on the third evening of the four-day Jubilee festivities

Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo went to the private member's club Maison Estelle for drinks last night

Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo went to the private member’s club Maison Estelle for drinks last night

They were pictured leaving the Maison Estelle private member's club at 1am last night

They were pictured leaving the Maison Estelle private member’s club at 1am last night 

Royal aides are said to be taking a 'bookend' approach to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday's show-stopping finale pageant. (Pictured Thursday at Buckingham Palace, from left: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex)

Royal aides are said to be taking a ‘bookend’ approach to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday’s show-stopping finale pageant. (Pictured Thursday at Buckingham Palace, from left: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday morning, with the Queen noticeably absent

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday morning, with the Queen noticeably absent

But a spokesman for the couple insisted that Lilibet’s great-grandmother was told in advance and that they would not have used the name had the monarch disapproved of it.

The spokesman said: ‘The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called.

‘During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.’

Harry also threatened legal action against the broadcaster, asserting that the claims were ‘false and defamatory’.

Some royal sources have waspishly indicated that there was a world of difference between asking permission and presenting it as a fait accompli.

Meanwhile, palace aides were said to have choreographed timings for the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday to ensure that Prince William and Kate Middleton didn’t bump into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

It was Harry and Meghan’s first royal engagement with senior royals since the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals for a life in the United States.

But in their first public engagement in two years, the couple sat apart from Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla in the church after royal aides ensured they sat on separate sides of the aisle in a carefully orchestrated plan.

Palace aides were said to have choreographed timings for the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday to ensure Prince William and Kate Middleton didn't bump into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Cambridges at the National Service of Thanksgiving today

Palace aides were said to have choreographed timings for the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday to ensure Prince William and Kate Middleton (right) didn’t bump into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (left) 

In their first public engagement in two years, the Sussexes sat apart from Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla in the church after royal aides ensured they sat on different sides and left separately in a carefully orchestrated plan

As well as the seating arrangements in the cathedral, timings were also carefully considered by Palace aides, with the couple arriving and leaving the service at different times to William and Kate to avoid bumping into each other.

Harry and William have had a long-standing feud, while Harry has accused his father Charles of cutting him off financially and Meghan claimed an unnamed royal made a comment about Archie’s skin tone before he was born – with the Sussexes having a war of words with the Palace following last year’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

Amid the feud, a source said palace aides had been acutely aware of ‘the optics’ – how things would look from the outside – and ensured that the couple were only attending events where there would be minimal interactions with other senior royals in public.

Asked if the Sussexes would appear at any other events over the weekend, particularly with their children, the source said: ‘I really wouldn’t expect them at everything.’

They added: ‘It’s a typically elegant solution as you would expect. The Queen wants her family there and they are still part of it. But in a carefully controlled fashion.’

Elsewhere, Omid Scobie told BBC Breakfast that ‘people close to the couple’ said they ‘wanted to be as low profile as possible during this trip’, while a royal insider said they believed the couple had taken their ‘low-key’ cue from the Queen.

Palace’s plan to get Queen ready for Sunday’s Jubilee finale: Royal aides are taking a ‘bookend’ approach to four-day celebrations in hope of getting monarch back on royal balcony for Sunday’s showstopper pageant – after Epsom Derby disappointment

BY LAURENCE DOLLIMORE FOR MAILONLINE 

Royal aides are said to be taking a ‘bookend’ approach to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday’s show-stopping finale pageant. 

It comes after the 96-year-old head of state was forced to pull out of two key events after suffering ‘discomfort’ related to her mobility issues – Friday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral and today’s Epsom Derby. 

The Queen has been forced to cancel a string of engagements in recent months and most recently missed the State Opening of Parliament in May. Her son, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, stood in for her. 

A senior royal source told the Daily Mail that while the Queen enjoyed the opening day of festivities ‘immensely’, the ‘episodic mobility issues’ she had suffered since last autumn ‘were experienced during the course of the day’.

Royal aides stressed that it had always been Her Majesty’s ‘hope’ to attend rather than a firm commitment. 

Buckingham Palace said it will confirm whether she will attend other events over the next two days as soon as possible. 

It is thought royal aides may be trying to help her rest to ensure she will be able to make an appearance at Sunday’s closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. 

‘It seems the palace are taking a ‘book-end’ approach, allowing her to attend at the start and finish without taxing her too much in between,’ a source said.

It is thought royal aides may be trying to help the Queen rest to ensure she will be able to make an appearance at Sunday's closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (Pictured: Queen on balcony on Thursday)

It is thought royal aides may be trying to help the Queen rest to ensure she will be able to make an appearance at Sunday’s closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (Pictured: Queen on balcony on Thursday) 

Royal aides are said to be taking a 'bookend' approach to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday's show-stopping finale pageant. (Pictured Thursday at Buckingham Palace, from left: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex)

Royal aides are said to be taking a ‘bookend’ approach to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday’s show-stopping finale pageant. (Pictured Thursday at Buckingham Palace, from left: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex)

The Queen will not attend the Epsom Derby Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced. The news came after Her Majesty was forced to pull out of Friday's Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral

The Queen will not attend the Epsom Derby Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced. The news came after Her Majesty was forced to pull out of Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

The head of state is a passionate horse owner and breeder and would have been looking forward to seeing her horse running on Saturday during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Above:  Hukum ridden by Jim Crowley wins the Dahlbury Coronation Cup on Ladies Day during the Cazoo Derby Festival 2022 at Epsom Racecourse today

The head of state is a passionate horse owner and breeder and would have been looking forward to seeing her horse running on Saturday during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Above:  Hukum ridden by Jim Crowley wins the Dahlbury Coronation Cup on Ladies Day during the Cazoo Derby Festival 2022 at Epsom Racecourse today

The news comes after Her Majesty was forced to pull out of today's Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, with Buckingham Palace saying she was suffering from 'discomfort' following her appearances yesterday. Above: Her Majesty during yesterday's flypast

The news comes after Her Majesty was forced to pull out of today’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, with Buckingham Palace saying she was suffering from ‘discomfort’ following her appearances yesterday. Above: Her Majesty during yesterday’s flypast

The Queen approaches the Commonwealth Nations Globe to start the lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle on Thursday evening, despite suffering from 'discomfort'

The Queen approaches the Commonwealth Nations Globe to start the lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle on Thursday evening, despite suffering from ‘discomfort’

As the sovereign placed her finger on the globe, bright white lights raced along the Quadrangle towards Windsor's famous Round Tower

As the sovereign placed her finger on the globe, bright white lights raced along the Quadrangle towards Windsor’s famous Round Tower 

Her Majesty, pictured here reviewing mounted troops at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, has a well known love of horses

Her Majesty, pictured here reviewing mounted troops at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, has a well known love of horses

On Thursday it emerged that the Duke of York, who has had contact with the Queen recently, had Covid, meaning he would be a no-show at any future Jubilee event. 

On Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that the Queen had a ‘lovely’ time at the opening Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but had found the day ‘very tiring’.

Her Majesty made three memorable public appearances on Thursday, including the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon ceremony at Windsor Castle, but had experienced ‘some discomfort’.

Her attendance at the Epsom Derby had been considered one of the high spots of the weekend’s events, particularly for royal herself. 

It is the only one of the ‘classics’ she has never won in her long career as a racehorse owner.

The Jockey Club had spent the past few months making extensive plans to facilitate her attendance, including allowing her car to drive right up the course and pull up outside the Queen Elizabeth stand where the Royal Box is located. 

But on Friday afternoon Buckingham Palace announced that she had decided not to attend, and would instead watch the racing on television at Windsor Castle.

Princess Anne is now expected to represent her mother at Epsom and is likely to be accompanied by her family. 

No other senior royals will be there as many have engagements on behalf of the Queen elsewhere or will be preparing for Saturday night’s Party at the Palace concert.

Phil White, London regional director for The Jockey Club, said: ‘It is a rare occasion that the Queen is unable to join us at Epsom, but we are delighted she plans to enjoy Derby Day on television. 

‘We have big plans to celebrate Her Majesty’s contribution to horseracing and the nation, and these will continue in full.’

The plans include many of the Queen’s former jockeys, such as Willie Carson, forming a guard of honour in her distinctive racing silks.

Friday’s service at St Paul’s was attended by more than 2,000 guests, including senior royals and politicians. 

Harry and Meghan Markle were kept apart from Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, with royal aides ensuring they sat on the other side of the aisle – and they later left separately.

Straight afterwards, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate arrived for a reception the nearby Guildhall.

The Duchess of Cambridge is said to have told an attendee the Queen is ‘fine’ but had found the day ‘very tiring’.

Gill Smallwood, from Bolton, spoke with Kate and asked how the Queen was doing.

Ms Smallwood said of the conversation: ‘She [Kate] said ‘yes, she was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday, and she (the Queen) had had a lovely, lovely time’.’

Buckingham Palace officials took great care to try to avoid a repeat of the frosty scenes when the Sussexes and Cambridges sat near each other and left together at their last joint event in March 2020 at Westminster Abbey.

And aides would have been delighted that today’s service passed without any such incident or negative ‘optics’ given the attempts to ensure today was about the Queen and her 70-year reign.

The Queen smiles as Prince Louis covers his ears during the flypast over Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday afternoon

The Queen smiles as Prince Louis covers his ears during the flypast over Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday afternoon

Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving

The Cambridges at the Guildhall today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St Paul’s Cathedral (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Guildhall (right) on Friday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday morning, with the Queen noticeably absent

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday morning, with the Queen noticeably absent

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II 

Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul's Cathedral Friday

Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral Friday

The announcement about Her Majesty missing the Epsom Derby is the latest sign of the problems caused by the monarch’s advancing age.  

In May, she was forced to miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years, due to what her spokesman described as ‘episodic mobility problems’ which they said she was continuing to experience. 

The only other times she had missed the hugely important occasion were in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.  

In her place, Prince Charles, who was accompanied by Prince William, read her speech for the first time as the Queen watched on TV from Windsor Castle, but the Sovereign’s Throne in the House of Lords remained symbolically empty. 

It came after she had to skip the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in mid-March due to her physical struggles and also did not attend the traditional Maundy Thursday service at Windsor Castle. 

The Queen’s health took a turn for the worse after her husband Prince Philip’s death last April. 

In October 2021 – after working ten of the previous 20 days – she spent a rare night in hospital that forced her to miss a visit to Northern Ireland. 

But she was back at her desk within hours of being discharged, despite having to cancel an appearance at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.

In February, she tested positive for Covid-19 which prompted her to cancel a series of engagements, including virtual audiences. She suffered from what were described as ‘mild, cold-like symptoms’.

The Queen, who in recent weeks has used a walking stick – including at yesterday’s events – was told by doctors to rest for three months.

She gave a hint about her health when she remarked during an audience at Windsor Castle in February: ‘Well, as you can see, I can’t move.’

She later admitted that covid had left her exhausted. 

Her Majesty’s hopes of winning on Epsom Derby day have already come to an end after her only runner was pulled out of a race. 

Just Fine had been entered to feature in the penultimate race, the World Pool Northern Dancer Handicap, staged over the full Derby course and distance of one mile and four furlongs.

However, it was removed at Thursday’s 48-hour declaration stage.

In May, her horse Reach For The Moon, who was among the favourites, and two others were withdrawn.

The Jockey Club announced the three thoroughbreds were among a large number who had been ‘scratched’ from the entry list.

Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four out of the five flat racing classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – with only the Derby eluding her.

Phil White, London regional director for The Jockey Club, said today: ‘We would like to wish Her Majesty The Queen a wonderful Platinum Jubilee.

‘It is a rare occasion that the Queen is unable to join us at Epsom Downs but we are delighted she plans to enjoy Derby Day on television.

‘We have big plans to celebrate Her Majesty’s contribution to horseracing and the nation, and these will continue in full tomorrow.

‘The Derby is a unique race and we are looking forward to welcoming people in their thousands to help us create a spectacular carnival atmosphere.’

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