Prince Harry's last weekend of polo before Jubilee reunion with royals: Queen will meet granddaughter Lilibet for first time and welcome Sussexes with open arms as they 'vow not to overshadow Jubilee'
- Prince Harry was all smiles as he took part in the polo match in Santa Barbara yesterday for his team
- The prince joined polo team Los Padres, having played the sport for most of his life, which is run by his friend
- Comes as it is revealed Harry and Meghan will take part in service of thanksgiving and Trooping the Colour
- It will be the couple's first trip to UK with their two young children Archie and Lilibet, who will turn one
- Organisers of the Jubilee are said to be 'frustrated' over a 'lack of clarity' with the Sussexes' whereabouts
- The Queen wants her entire family around her when she celebrates her historic Platinum Jubilee
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children are expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor
- Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service
Prince Harry looked determined to win yesterday as he took part in another polo match with his team Los Padres in Santa Barbara - as it was revealed he has agreed not to overshadow Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Royal, 37, appeared up for the challenge in his white jodhpurs and black boots as he galloped on his four-legged steed.
At one point he grinned broadly in sheer enjoyment of taking part in the Friday game.
He was in much the same sporting outfit as his last appearance two weeks ago - although this time his top was white instead of green.
The prince recently joined polo team Los Padres, having played the sport for most of his life after learning in the UK with his brother William.
Los Padres is run by his friend Nacho, who said he was 'excited' for the duke to join the ranks.
Harry cut an animated figure during this latest match, seen smiling and shouting encouragement later.
Prince Harry rides fast during a highly competitive polo match with his team Los Padres in Santa Barbara yesterday
Harry seemed completely at ease on his powerful horse as he played polo with his new team in America on Thursday
The prince, 37, was all smiles as he used his sporting prowess to power through the match in Santa Barbara yesterday
At one moment in the polo match Harry looked pensive as play unfolded in front of him and his magnificent brown horse
Later he appeared to shut some encouragements to his teammates as he urged them to battle to victory in the polo
Duke of Sussex Prince Harry was seen galloping around on his horse during the Santa Barbara football match yesterday
It came as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the Queen they will keep a low profile during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations next weekend and only take part in official engagements after the Monarch 'ordered the family to come together' with 'no dramas' to overshadow the events.
Harry and Meghan will reportedly take part in the service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday 3 June after Trooping the Colour on Thursday 2 June - but will not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with senior working members of the Royal family. Prince Andrew will also not make an appearance on the balcony.
In their first trip to the UK with Archie and Lilibet, Harry and Meghan are also facing a dilemma with how to celebrate their little girl's birthday, who turns one on Saturday 4 June.
A source told The Sun: 'Harry and Meghan will want to celebrate Lilibet's birthday somehow with their family. But diaries are full on Saturday. There isn't much wriggle room to fit in a birthday party for a one-year-old.'
The Queen, Lilibet's great-grandmother, will be spending the Saturday of her Jubilee at the Epsom Derby horse racing in Surrey.
On Saturday night, the younger members of the royal family will head to Buckingham Palace for Platinum Party at the Palace, a concert starring Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Nile Rogers, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder and more.
Organisers of the Jubilee are said to be 'frustrated' over a 'lack of clarity' in regard to where the Sussexes will be appearing and when, according to The Telegraph.
They said they have fears that the novelty of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex being back in Britain for the huge 70th Jubilee celebrations will 'overshadow' the Queen's special weekend.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children are set to stay at Frogmore Cottage, their Windsor home – a short drive from the Queen's private apartments at the castle.
The Queen will welcome Harry and Meghan with open arms next week as her entire family gathers to celebrate her historic Platinum Jubilee
Meghan visited Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday to lay flowers at the memorial for the 19 children and teachers who were shot dead at Robb Elementary School - and those organising the royal events of next weekend are concerned that the couple's 'habit of making unpublicised appearances' could lead to a 'circus'.
The Telegraph reported that the Sussexes are 'intending to limit themselves to public engagements' next weekend, instead focusing on spending time with family in private, and not making these unannounced visits.
Their only correspondence with the Palace has been to discuss logistical arrangements, they reported, with royal aides being 'kept at arms' length' about their wider plans.
Harry and Meghan were last in Britain when they stopped off at Windsor Castle on their way to the Invictus Games held in The Hague, Netherlands, April, where they were seen being captured by film crews making their documentary for Netflix.
It is not yet clear if the Duke and Duchess are to be joined by the Netflix camera crew.
The Queen is set to be stood beside her three heirs, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George for the Buckingham Palace Balcony weekend appearance, the Mirror revealed.
The three heirs and Her Majesty, who will also be joined by Duchesses Camilla and Kate, will appear on the infamous balcony at around 5pm in front of a 10,000-person crowd in The Mall.
A source said that the monarch 'wants to see the heartbeat of her family and the future of the monarchy'.
The appearances of the Duke and Duchess's two other children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be confirmed on the day.
Princess Anne, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, Louise and James, as well as Prince Andrew's daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, will likely watch from the royal box in the grandstand, at the Queen Victoria Memorial, outside the palace.
The royal source added: 'Her Majesty believes it will send a strong message to the world, that despite the family’s trials and tribulations over the past few years, those at the very top are united in getting on with the job, sharing her sense of duty and dedication to serving the people of this country and the Commonwealth.'
Her Majesty will be joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. The Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to appear, as is Anne’s husband Tim Laurence.
The Queen will welcome Harry and Meghan with open arms next week as her entire family gathers to celebrate her historic Platinum Jubilee, with sources saying the 96-year-old monarch is 'looking forward' to seeing her great-grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet.
She is likely to spend time with them privately next Saturday, when Lilibet celebrates her first birthday.
The sovereign has made it clear she does not want any family dramas to overshadow next weekend's four-day national celebration.
The modest monarch wants the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, to be 'an occasion in which the country, including her own family, comes together', a source said
One insider stressed: 'Her Majesty is typically very keen that the Platinum Jubilee be a celebration not of herself and her own longevity, but of the institution of the monarchy and the people that support and sustain it
The modest monarch wants the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, to be 'an occasion in which the country, including her own family, comes together', a source said. Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, will attend the national Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday. It is understood the Sussexes are likely to attend at least one other public engagement – although sources have strongly warned that the public should 'not expect them at every event'.
They will also spend time with Royal Family members privately, introducing the Prince of Wales to Lilibet for the first time. He has not seen Archie, three, since he was a baby. It is unclear whether the Sussexes will spend time alone with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children. William is known to have been hit hardest by his brother's perceived betrayal.
One insider stressed: 'Her Majesty is typically very keen that the Platinum Jubilee be a celebration not of herself and her own longevity, but of the institution of the monarchy and the people that support and sustain it.
'It is also a chance for people to come together after a very difficult period for this country. She doesn't want anything to overshadow it – and that includes any family issues.'
As the nation prepares to celebrate the Queen's unprecedented 70 years on the throne:
- Britons are predicted to spend £3 billion over the Jubilee weekend;
- An estimated 16,000 street parties will be held across England;
- The Met Office says a 'plume of warm air' will bring widespread sunshine for the bank holiday;
- But travellers were warned to expect a week of disruption on roads, trains and at airports.
It is understood other members of the Royal Family support the Queen's magnanimous gesture towards the Sussexes, although, privately, there are nerves about how the week will turn out.
Meghan has not seen most of them since she acrimoniously quit as a working royal two years ago, while Harry has only briefly seen his grandmother, father and brother.
There is also still a great deal of hurt over the couple's repeated attacks on the family.
The Queen – who is in Scotland enjoying a break at Balmoral as part of attempts to 'pace' her diary – has always made clear that Harry and Meghan are 'much loved' members of her family, despite the pain they have caused. She chose to invite only working royals – as well as William and Kate's children – on to the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour on Thursday in a bid to avoid any public family awkwardness, particularly so early in the weekend of celebrations.
But there have been suggestions that Harry and Meghan could be in the VIP section to watch the spectacular military event in Horse Guards Parade. They will definitely be at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's on Friday.
Another issue is where to seat the Sussexes: should they take their place in the Royal Box at events and if so, who will they be next to in terms of family dynamics and body language, bearing in mind the eyes of the world will be upon them?
It is not known if the couple will be accompanied by a camera crew from Netflix or personal photographers to document their trip to England. But they would be given no special treatment if they did.
A spokesman for the Sussexes said: 'The duke and duchess are excited and honoured to attend the Jubilee celebrations.'
On the trail of colossus corgis
Jubilee visitors to London can follow in the paw prints of the Queen's most faithful friends.
A trail of 19 giant corgi statues are being installed across the capital, each one in different designs by various artists.
Up to six and a half foot long, they will be located in public spaces, gardens, stations and windows from Victoria station to the Royal Courts of Justice.
Visitors can follow clues, or a special map, to locate each corgi, which will be auctioned for charity in the autumn.
A trail of 19 giant corgi statues are being installed across the capital, each one in different designs by various artists
Red, white and ooh! Union jack blooms
Green-fingered Britons are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with patriotic planting of red, white and blue flowers.
Garden centre bosses said floral displays in the colours of the Union Jack are proving popular as families prepare for jubilee garden parties. Commemorative Queen Elizabeth II and jubilee roses are also selling well. Horticultural Trades Association president Boyd Douglas-Davies said: 'Red, white and blue plants are flying out.'
Green-fingered Britons are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with patriotic planting of red, white and blue flowers
Revellers to soak up right royal sunshine
A plume of warm air is set to bring widespread sunshine for the Jubilee bank holiday.
Forecasters predict 'plenty of dry weather with sunny spells' and it will 'feel warm in the sunshine', with temperatures likely to reach the low 20s Celsius. There will be a chance of showers in some parts of the UK.
Richard Miles, of the Met Office, said: 'The interaction between (warm air) and an area of low pressure moving north from the Bay of Biscay is what could cause the showers.
'It looks as if we might have a west/east split. Our modelling... favours drier conditions in the west, with the east and north receiving the slightly showery weather.'
The mostly upbeat forecast comes after northerly airflow brings chilly, cloudy and showery days for the end of May.
The Met Office's Dan Rudman said: 'What we're keeping an eye on is how a plume of warm air behaves later in the week, which... could also bring some showers as it moves in from the south and travels north on Thursday and Friday.'
Britain's long bank holiday bash to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee will bring £3billion to the economy
Britain has been gripped by a Platinum Jubilee frenzy with spending predicted to reach £3billion over the extended bank holiday weekend.
Gloom at the cost of living crisis is being pushed aside with millions keen to relax, have fun and participate in special events – as the four-day break brings back the 'feel good factor'.
The retail sector, pubs and hospitality, including tourist attractions, are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries.
Britain has been gripped by a Platinum Jubilee frenzy with spending predicted to reach £3billion over the extended bank holiday weekend
Our one-mile street party
Two neighbouring villages hope to stage what could be Britain's longest jubilee street party on June 5.
Goring and Streatley, in Oxfordshire and Berkshire respectively, want to welcome up to 5,000 people for a mile-long celebration, said organiser Ron Bridle.
The villages previously united to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Goring and Streatley, in Oxfordshire and Berkshire respectively, want to welcome up to 5,000 people for a mile-long celebration, said organiser Ron Bridle
An estimated 90million pints will be sold, resulting in a £105million boost for the pub trade – around 50 per cent more than a regular bank holiday – according to the British Beer & Pub Association.
On Monday, brewery Greene King will kick off celebrations by selling customers a pint of IPA for just 6p – the same price as in 1952 – at its 408 sites.
Millions will enjoy street parties and other events from Thursday to Sunday, with spending predicted to be around 40 per cent higher than for the Diamond Jubilee ten years ago.
Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, appears to be Britain's street party capital with 331 events approved by the council, up by 99 on the Diamond Jubilee.
Booming sales forced the Royal household's online shop to temporarily halt taking orders after it ran out of memorabilia.
Supermarkets are selling out of Jubilee ranges. Marks & Spencer is offering everything from Corgi-themed cakes to patriotic cheeseboards, supersize HRH sausage rolls, ales and liqueurs.
Tesco predicts it will sell 60,000 rolls of bunting – enough to wrap around Windsor castle 10 times – and 50,000 Union Jack plates. The retailer has ordered in an extra 4million bottles of gin, 150,000 bottles of champagne and the same of Pimm's. The extended bank holiday is particularly good for hospitality, the third largest private sector employer in the UK.
Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, Emma McClarkin, said: 'Pubs are looking forward to leading celebrations in their communities.'
A consumer survey said average spending per person over the bumper bank holiday is set to reach £52 – which equates to £2.8billion as a nation.
Separate estimates by the Centre for Economics and Business Research suggest extra spending across the four days would be £1billion – 80 per cent to retailers and 20 per cent to hospitality.
Pictures provided by Ron Bridle showing the 2012 Jubilee street party between Goring and Streatley
One in five (19 per cent) will mark the event at the pub and more than one in seven plan to host or attend a street party.
Nearly half (47 per cent) of Britons planning to celebrate said they would do so on Saturday, with 28 per cent on Sunday and 9 per cent on Monday. The survey was commissioned by TopCashback, whose spokesman said: 'Many of those choosing to celebrate are picking lower cost activities such as spending time with family and friends, going to the beach or having a picnic.'
...but brace for road and rail chaos
Travellers are being warned to expect a week of disruption on roads, trains and at airports as the country gears up for the Jubilee weekend.
Around half of motorists are expected to take to the roads this weekend alone as schools break up for half-term and jubilee revellers travel ahead of the celebrations.
The RAC estimates 17.8million drivers will have set off on leisure trips between yesterday and tomorrow.
Data from traffic analysts INRIX suggests there is likely to be congestion on the M1, southbound between J16 and J6, the M25, anti-clockwise between J17 and J12, and the M60 clockwise between J7 and J18.
Around 19.5million motorists are also expected to take to the roads over the extended Jubilee weekend. Tailbacks are predicted on the M5 southbound between J15 and J23, the M25 anti-clockwise from J4 to J1, and the A303 near Stonehenge.
Disruption could be exacerbated by the closing of roads for street parties, with polling by breakdown firm Green Flag suggesting as many as 133,000 will be blocked off. Network Rail, in charge of rail infrastructure, has postponed major engineering works during the Jubilee weekend.
But train travellers have been warned to expect chaos on some lines due to strike action by the militant RMT union.
Train drivers will strike overnight on the Central, Jubilee and Victoria lines on June 3 and on June 4, with fewer services after 9pm on each day. Station staff will walk out on June 6, meaning barely any London Underground platforms will be accessible.
It threatens to create havoc for anyone attempting to travel home after being in London for the Jubilee celebrations.
Meanwhile, train conductors for operator TransPennine Express will also strike for 48 hours from June 4. It means no services will link some northern English cities with the West Coast main line, one of the main inter-city routes to London from the North West and West Midlands.
Network Rail is warning of large crowds on trains in and out of the capital over the four-day weekend.
Meanwhile, data from flight analysts Cirium shows 10,814 planes with 1.9million seats will arrive at UK airports between June 2 and 5.