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Meghan Markle news latest: Kate Middleton gives subtle nod to Prince Harry & Meg as Royal Family unites for Her Majesty

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KATE Middleton made a subtle nod to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle with her choice of fashion at this weekend's Service of Thanksgiving.

Kate and Wills on Friday joined other members of the Firm at St Paul's Cathedral for a special service of thanksgiving -but Harry and Meghan were seated in the second row on the right hand side.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, wore a yellow dress by Emilia Wickstead, paired with a matching yellow hat

She also wore a hat designed by Philip Treacy for the occasion, which just so happens to be one of Meghan Markle's favourite hat designers, according to OK Magazine.

Royal fans might consider this choice of headwear to be a subtle nod to Meghan, who also wore a Philip Treacy hat when attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018.

The hat was again a yellow shade, but paler, almost cream in colour and had a similar floral design.

Kate also appeared to pay tribute to The Queen at the thanksgiving service by wearing Her Majesty's pearl drop earrings, which the monarch wore in her first Royal Command portrait by Dorothy Wilding back in July 1952.

While the Queen, 96, herself did not attend due to mobility issuesCharles and CamillaBeatrice and Eugenie and Zara and Mike Tindall were out in force.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest news & gossip...

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    EXCLUSIVE look at Lilibet's first birthday party

    A low-key garden party was held at Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage with picnic-style snacks, a birthday cake, balloons and party games.

    Sources said: “It was a lovely do and had everything you’d expect from a child’s birthday party.

    "But there was no formal entertainment. The idea was for it to be very relaxed and casual, with people free to pop in and out as they wished.

    “It was a nice opportunity for the other royal children to meet Lilibet for the first time.

    "And as her first birthday is such a milestone, there was lots of discussion ahead of time about the presents that she would be given on the day.

    “One idea that proved very popular was a £75 pink Volkswagen Beetle ride-on toy, which had been spotted in Selfridges.”

    The Sun revealed yesterday that Lilibet had finally met her great-grandmother the Queen, after whom she was named.

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    Over 70 corgis arrive at Balmoral Castle to celebrate Her Majesty's Jubilee

    More than 70 corgis have gathered on the lawn at Balmoral Castle as part of celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    The dogs, the Queen’s favourite breed, enjoyed a walk in the royal estate with their owners before posing for photos in the grounds.

    The event in Aberdeenshire, organised by the Corgi Society of Scotland and the UK Corgi Club, brought together dozens of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis.

    The Queen has owned more than 30 Corgis and Dorgis – a cross between a corgi and a dachshund – during her reign, most of which have been descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.

    Hilary Greensill, a member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, said there was a “fantastic” atmosphere at the event on Saturday afternoon.

    She said: “We have been to Balmoral before and with it being the Platinum Jubilee year, the estate approached us and suggested we might like to come back in the summer time.

    “It is a really nice opportunity to showcase the breeds and how much fun they are and help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with dogs the Queen is fond of.”

    She added: “It has been fantastic, very very jolly and noisy, lots of barking, and lots of fun.

    “We have had the most glorious day and the sun has been shining down and that has made everyone really happy.”

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    Still unknown if Queen will be seen publicly again this week

    It’s still not known if Brits can expect to see her in public again this weekend.

    However, a long list of royals are expected to watch Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Mabel perform this evening.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend with their children, while Eugenie and Beatrice will also enjoy the night with their families.

    Zara and Mike Tindall are expected to be in the audience too.

    William and Charles will take centre stage in front of the 22,000-strong crowd tonight.

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    Royal Family wishes Lilibet a happy birthday

    The royals have tweeted Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet a happy birthday as the baby turned one yesterday.

    According to Express.co.uk, the Royal Family Twitter account said: “Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!”

    Prince Charles and Camilla’s Clarence House account tweeted: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!”

    Prince William and Kate said: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Lilibet, turning one today!”

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    Harry and Meghan missed Jubilee party to avoid the Cambridges

    The Sussexes have missed a Jubilee event to avoid “hobnobbing with the family”, in particular with William and Kate, it has been reported.

    Harry and Meghan arrived together in Britain for the first time in more than two years to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and they intend to keep a low profile so as not to take attention away from the monarch.

    According to mirror.co.uk, it appeared after yesterday’s thanksgiving service they had no desire to see William and Kate and retreated quickly back to Windsor.

    A royal aide said that while they were happy to see Prince Charles they had no intention to meet the Cambridges at a Jubilee reception afterwards.

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    Sussexes ‘put in their place’ at Jubilee service

    The Sussexes “B-list status” was “painfully obvious” with their seats at a Platinum Jubilee event yesterday, a royal commentator has suggested.

    Harry and Meghan joined members of the Royal Family at the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

    Express.co.uk reports that royal columnist Daniela Elser spotted their relegated seating arrangement at the event.

    Writing for news.com.au, Ms Elser said: “While the last time Harry had been inside the famed 17th century church, for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial service in 2017, he had sat sombrely in the front row next to his brother and sister-in-law, William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Friday he was forced to accept his designated spot in cheap seats, the Sussexes’ B-list status made all-too-painfully obvious.

    “Harry and Meghan were being, quite literally, put in their place.”

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    How much are the Crown Jewels worth?

    Many think the Crown Jewels refer to a few crowns in possession of the royal family.

    The Crown Jewels is actually a collection of 140 ceremonial objects boasting a spectacular 23,578 precious gemstones.

    It includes the Imperial State Crown, sceptres, orbs, swords, rings, and other regalia worn by the monarchy.

    Only three people are allowed to touch the Imperial State Crown – the monarch, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Crown Jeweller.

    The Crown Jewels include the sovereign’s coronation regalia, the largest set of regalia in the world and the only working set in Europe.

    Part of the wider Royal Collection, the jewels represent over 800 years of royal history.

    The crown jewels are not insured against loss and are unlikely to ever be sold.

    They are officially priceless but estimated to be worth from £1billion up to £5billion.

  • Royal Family wishes Lilibet a happy birthday

    The royals have tweeted Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet a happy birthday as the baby turned one yesterday.

    According to Express.co.uk, the Royal Family Twitter account said: “Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!”

    Prince Charles and Camilla’s Clarence House account tweeted: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!”

    Prince William and Kate said: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Lilibet, turning one today!”

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  • Matthew Wright under fire as he brand’s Queen’s Jubilee ‘a disgrace’

    This Morning viewers slammed pundit Matthew Wright as for his comments about Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    The former The Wright Stuff host, 56, endured the wrath of royal-lovers on the ITV show as he slammed the celebrations to mark the popular monarch’s 70th anniversary on the throne.

    Her Platinum Jubilee celebrations are filled with events including today’s Service of Thanksgiving.

    Mark appeared alongside Gyles Brandreth to discuss the day’s big stories and the conversation naturally turned to the Queen’s big party.

    “We were talking earlier and it’s wonderful and the spectacle I get, but at a time when people..we are haemorrhaging money as a country,” he started.

    “If you were some kind of celebrity, who’s spending loads… millions on parties when you’re sort of bankrupt, people would be outraged and this is a disgrace but that’s what we’re doing as a nation.”

    Host Dermot O’Leary questioned him: “What do you think we should be doing?”

    Matthew quickly snapped back: “I think it could all be scaled down just a bit.”

  • Lip reader reveals very personal comment Harry made to Zara Tindall

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were reunited with the Firm for the first time since Megxit yesterday giving them a chance to catch-up with their royal relatives.

    And a lip reader has revealed the very personal comment that the Duke of Sussex made to his cousin Zara Tindall following the service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee yesterday.

    As he left St Paul’s cathedral Harry, 37, got the chance to chat to the Queen’s granddaughter, 41 where he apparently made a comment about her appearance.

    Professional lip reader Jeremy Freeman revealed to the  that Harry told Zara, “You’ve lost some weight.”

    Zara, who had recently given birth to her son Lucas when they last met, replied, “No I haven’t, how do you know?”

    According to Freeman, Harry responds, “I know, nice in pink! I didn’t know whether you’d wear blue, pink, orange, green,… grey.”

  • Still unknown if Queen will be seen publicly again this week

    It’s still not known if Brits can expect to see her in public again this weekend.

    However, a long list of royals are expected to watch Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Mabel perform this evening.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend with their children, while Eugenie and Beatrice will also enjoy the night with their families.

    Zara and Mike Tindall are expected to be in the audience too.

    William and Charles will take centre stage in front of the 22,000-strong crowd tonight.

  • More on the Queen’s Jubilee weekend…

  • Harry & Meghan have only made one public appearance during Jubilee

    Harry and Meghan have so far only made one public appearance during the weekend.

    They arrived for yesterday’s service of thanksgiving hand-in-hand.

    Harry was seen laughing with friends and family at St Paul’s from his seat in the second row.

    It’s understood palace aides worked for months behind the scenes to perfectly choreograph the service so the brothers wouldn’t come face-to-face.

    The Cambridges and the Sussexes were sat across the aisle from each other.

    They arrived and left at different times, and did not acknowledge each other throughout the event.

  • Kate visits families and children unable to attend Jubilee celebrations

    The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a children's hospital in central London where she met patients and families who are unable to take part in the Jubilee celebrations.

    The Evelina Children's Hospital said Kate visited the hospital, of which she is a patron, on Friday night.

    It wrote on Twitter: "We received a very special surprise last night! Our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, dropped in for a private visit to meet our patients, families and staff unable to join in the celebrations this weekend.

    "Luckily the hospital was already decked with Platinum Jubilee decorations made by some of the children and young people we are caring for. Thank you YRH for thinking of us."

    The Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge replied with a purple love heart.

    Kate met patients and staff in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), including seven-day-old Florence Charlotte Rose Clements, who is a cardiac patient.

    Images posted by the hospital showed a masked Kate pictured next to the bed Florence, who had tubes attached to her face and was wearing a knitted crown.

    Her parents, Emma Stickler and Mark Clements, who are from Meopham in Kent, were also pictured with her.

    Other pictures showed homemade decorations featuring a large crown, the number 70 (as a nod to the Platinum Jubilee), Union Jack bunting, Corgies and drawings.

  • Animal acvitists hauled away by police after running on to Epsom track

    Animal activists have been taken away by police after running on to the track at Epsom Derby Day as the Princess Royal and her family watched on.

    Pro-vegan climate group Animal Rebellion claimed six women entered the area wearing sashes reading "Animal Justice" just before the Cazoo Derby at 4.30pm.

    It comes after activists from the same group entered the ceremonial route on The Mall before Trooping the Colour, later being arrested by police on Thursday.

    The women could be seen falling to the floor as the police moved in on them on Saturday.

    Dozens of officers were working to move them, as members of the royal box watched on.

    The Queen's daughter Anne was there alongside husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, who was with husband, former rugby player Mike.

    The crowds cheered as the activists were taken away, with a voice on a Tannoy apologising to spectators.

    The group said the protest was aimed at making "a definitive statement, and act, against the cruelty and harm the horseracing industry represents".

  • Thunderstorms set to miss Jubilee celebrations

    A second round of thunderstorms is expected to miss concert-goers at the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday night.

    After a forecast of thunder and downpours through Saturday morning, southern England is expected to see some "respite" before a return to "severe" weather, according to the Met Office.

    The agency is likely to issue a weather warning for heavy rain, hail, and lightning across southern and central England and Wales, but will review the situation on Saturday morning.

    However, forecasters are predicting the second bout of storms will arrive after the Jubilee event outside Buckingham Palace, where 22,000 people are expected to attend to see performances from the likes of Craig David, Alicia Keys, and Sir Rod Stewart.

  • Kate visited London children's hospital on Friday night

    The Duchess of Cambridge visited a children's hospital in central London on Friday night to meet those who were not able to celebrate the Jubilee.

    The Evelina Children's Hospital wrote on Twitter: "We received a very special surprise last night! Our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, dropped in for a private visit to meet our patients, families and staff unable to join in the celebrations this weekend."

    A masked Kate was pictured next to the bed of a young child, who had tubes attached to their face.

    Kate became a patron of the Evelina London in 2018.

    It is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and treats children with complex and rare conditions from birth into adulthood.

  • Charlotte and George make surprise appearance in Cardiff ahead of concert

    Prince George and Princess Charlotte made a surprise visit to Wales with their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the nation gears up for the Platinum Party at the Palace.

    Across the country, the royal family met well-wishers celebrating the Jubilee, with the Earl and Countess of Wessex visiting Northern Ireland and the Princess Royal at the Epsom Derby with her family.

    Derby Day is missing the Queen, who has suffered a recurrence of her mobility problems, but jockey Frankie Dettori said she would be watching on television.

    The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge will take to the stage to pay tribute to the Queen during the star-studded Jubilee concert being staged in the front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening.

    Diana Ross, Queen and 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.

    Charlotte and George enjoyed another day celebrating the Queen's 70-year reign, meeting stars and technical crew at Cardiff Castle, where final preparations were underway for a concert honouring the monarch in the grounds.

  • More than 70 Corgis gather at Balmoral for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

    More than 70 corgis have gathered on the lawn at Balmoral Castle as part of celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    The dogs, the Queen's favourite breed, enjoyed a walk in the royal estate with their owners before posing for photos in the grounds.

    The event in Aberdeenshire, organised by the Corgi Society of Scotland and the UK Corgi Club, brought together dozens of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis.

    The Queen has owned more than 30 Corgis and Dorgis - a cross between a corgi and a dachshund - during her reign, most of which have been descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.

    Hilary Greensill, a member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, said there was a "fantastic" atmosphere at the event on Saturday afternoon.

    She said: "We have been to Balmoral before and with it being the Platinum Jubilee year, the estate approached us and suggested we might like to come back in the summer time.

    "It is a really nice opportunity to showcase the breeds and how much fun they are and help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with dogs the Queen is fond of."

    She added: "It has been fantastic, very very jolly and noisy, lots of barking, and lots of fun.

    "We have had the most glorious day and the sun has been shining down and that has made everyone really happy."

  • Queen has ‘class and credibility’

    Queen Elizabeth has “class and credibility”, according to a Daily Express columnist.

    Writing in the Daily Express, columnist Carole Malone said: “Elizabeth is the very best of Britain and we will never see her like again. And yes, we know change is coming but let’s not think about what lies ahead. Let’s not think about a monarchy where she isn’t front and centre – it’s just too sad.

    “For now let’s just celebrate our Queen, let’s thank God for her, hold her close and drink a million toasts this weekend to the woman who has given this little island of ours class and credibility in the eyes of a jealous world that has no one like her.”

  • Queen's jockeys form Guard of Honour at Epsom

    Forty of the Queen's jockeys past and present lined up in a spectacular guard of honour for the royal party ahead of racing on Derby Day at Epsom.

    The greats of the saddle, dressed in the famous purple and gold silks, lined up on the steps overlooking the hat-box winner's enclosure before heading on to the track to greet the Princess Royal and other members of the entourage.

    Frankie Dettori said he was "honoured" to be among the riders, who also included current stars Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand, and Derby-winning riders Kieren Fallon, Johnny Murtagh and Martin Dwyer, along with champion jump jockeys Barry Geraghty and Sir Anthony McCoy.

    Dettori said: "I felt like I did as an apprentice 30 years ago! What a nice touch that was.

    "It was a lovely spectacle and it is one picture I will definitely get on my wall, that was unique where we were all stood on the steps."

  • Princess Anne grins ear to ear as she attends Epsom in Queen's absence

    The Princess Royal was grinning from ear to ear as she attended Epsom Derby Day with her family, while the Queen watched from home.

    The monarch did not attend the major sporting event on Saturday, opting to view it on television from Windsor Castle, where she has been sent a souvenir race card to follow the action.

    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.

    Peter, 44, was pictured with his girlfriend who has been named in numerous reports as Lindsay Wallace, despite it being rare for the girlfriend of a member of the royal family to attend a high-profile event.

    Crowds cheered and waved union flags as they made their way in to the course, with Anne seen smiling.

    She appeared in the royal box while the national anthem was played by a band.

    Afterwards Anne could be seen waving and laughing, while thanking those around her for a warm welcome.

  • Royal Family wishes Lilibet a happy birthday

    The royals have tweeted Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet a happy birthday as the baby turns one today.

    According to Express.co.uk, the Royal Family Twitter account said: “Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!”

    Prince Charles and Camilla’s Clarence House account tweeted: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!”

    Prince William and Kate said: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Lilibet, turning one today!”

  • William & Charles to speak in honour of the Queen at Jubilee concert

    The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge are to take to the stage to pay public tributes to the Queen during the star-studded Jubilee concert.

    The father and son - both future kings - will speak separately in honour of the monarch towards the end of the BBC's open-air show, staged in the front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening.

    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.

    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.

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