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WE ARE FAMJUBILEE: Queen axes Epsom trip to celebrate Lilibet’s first Birthday  

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle will be overjoyed after the Queen was said to have cancelled her Epsom Race trip, to celebrate her great-granddaughter, Lilibet’s first Birthday.

Last week, reports suggested Harry and wife Meghan – who are set to return to the UK today – we’re unhappy that the Monarch – who, due to the pandemic, has been unable to met Lilibet – would miss their daughters first Birthday celebrations on Saturday, as she had a planned event at the Epsom Derby. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Westminster Abbey, London, UK – 10 Jul 2018 – CREDIT: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

The Monarch, 96 is a huge fan of horse racing and horticulture and was due to make an appearance at Epsom race, but royal insiders now claim that Her Maj has pulled out of the jubilee jolly, to spend time with her family. 

“The Queen’s planned visit to Epsom for the Derby on Saturday is off, with the Princess Royal attending on her behalf.” royal commentators said. 

Saturday is the first birthday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet, amid speculation the Queen will get to meet her namesake for the first time and possibly attend her christening when Harry and Meghan fly back for the Jubilee.

In the evening, 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 line-up includes Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Bond composer Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra.

The Queen travelled to Balmoral on Thursday for a short break in order to pace herself ahead of the busy four-day weekend of festivities but arrived back in Windsor on Tuesday.

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Millions across the country are set to take to the streets for parties and Big Jubilee Lunches this weekend in honour of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

It is the first time in history Britain has celebrated a royal Platinum Jubilee.

Patriotic tributes to the Queen around the UK include a life-size woollen knitted monarch plus corgi made by Holmes Chapel Community Yarn Bombers in Cheshire, and a 5ft 3in Victoria sponge cake in the shape of the sovereign by social media star Lara Mason.

The commemorations kick start with the traditional Trooping the Colour military spectacle on Thursday, involving more than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division.

But the Queen’s attendance is only likely to be confirmed on the morning, with royal fans hoping to see her appear on the balcony with her family for a special flypast, and possibly even review the troops.

In the evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen, with the principal Tree of Trees beacon illuminated outside the Palace.

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There will be no ceremonial journey to the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen on Friday June 3, and the monarch, if she attends, will use a different entrance rather than scaling the steep steps.

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