Overwhelmed by all the Queen's Platinum Jubilee news? Don't panic, we've handpicked the 10 best moments from the historic bank holiday weekend - no pomp and frills included.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend is officially over, marking the end of the Royal Family's most significant celebration in its 1,000-year-long history.
Her Majesty concluded the festivities with a letter of gratitude on Sunday evening, promising to continue her service and thanking the UK public for their support on the 70th anniversary of her reign. It's understood she's now resting at Windsor Castle, where she spent much of the Jubilee due to her mobility issues.
As for the senior royals, they're probably also enjoying some well-earned R&R - having endured a whirlwind four days of public appearances in honor of the 96-year-old monarch's milestone.
The princes, princesses, dukes, and duchesses gave us a plethora of conversational material with their antics over the past week - so much so, that we've been forced to whittle it down to the must-know highlights.
So without further ado, here are the 10 best moments from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend.
1. Prince Louis' cheeky faces
It's no secret that Prince Louis stole the show on more than one occasion at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, sending royal fans everywhere into hysterics with his hilarious antics and all-too-relatable reactions.
From his cheeky faces at the Trooping the Colour to that sweet moment with the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony, the four-year-old solidified himself as an unlikely source of entertainment over the course of the bank holiday weekend. Prince Louis was even 'warned' by Mike Tindall to behave himself at the Platinum Pageant on Sunday - a heartwarmingly funny moment that has only enhanced the royal preschooler's cute factor.
2. The Queen's surprise tea party with Paddington Bear
The Queen may not have been as visible at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations as royal fans would have liked, but there's no denying that her witty sense of humor was as present as ever.
Her Majesty appeared in a surprise short film to introduce the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, in which she hosted a tea party for Paddington Bear at the London royal headquarters. In the amusing skit, the 96-year-old watches the iconic children's TV character spiral out of control as he attempts, and fails, to serve her a fresh brew without making a mess.
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Paddington then tells the Queen that he always carries a marmalade sandwich around with him for emergencies, to which she replies, "So do I", before retrieving the popular British snack from her handbag.
“I keep mine in here, for later,” she adds.
At the end of the sweet interaction, Paddington looks fondly at the Queen and says, "Happy Jubilee Ma'am. And thank you. For everything."
3. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle atttending the Service of Thanksgiving
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's attendance at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen on Friday was a highly-anticipated Jubilee moment, marking the couple's first public appearance at a royal event together since their emigration to North America in January 2020.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly greeted at St. Paul's Cathedral by a mixture of applause and boos, before being seated next to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in the second row of the historic church. They flew back to California on Sunday afternoon with their two children, Archie and Lilibet, having only attended one event over the course of the bank holiday weekend.
4. Kate Middleton baking Union Jack cupcakes with George, Charlotte and Louis
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On Sunday, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared an adorable video of their children baking treats to be eaten at a Platinum Jubilee street party in Wales. In the sweet clip, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are joined by their proud mum in their home kitchen as they whip up a batch of Union Jack-themed cupcakes. The adorable sneak peek into the Cambridge kitchen came as a welcome change from the formal behavior expected of the royal children for the majority of the Jubilee celebrations.
5. Trooping the Color balcony moment
On Thursday, the Royal Family gathered together on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Trooping the Color for the first time since 2019. The long-overdue moment saw the Queen joined by Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, to watch the flypast in honor of the monarch's official birthday.
6. Prince Charles thanking 'Mummy' at Party at the Palace
Prince Charles paid a poignant tribute to the Queen at the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, referring to her as 'Mummy' in a heartwarming speech to the 22,000-strong crowd. Hailing her 'lifetime of service', he thanked the 96-year-old monarch for all she has done for the United Kingdom and emphasized her regret over being unable to attend the star-studded concert in person.
7. Queen lighting a beacon at Windsor Castle
The Queen led the Platinum Jubilee Lighting from Windsor Castle on Thursday evening, as part of the longstanding British tradition of marking special occasions with illuminated devices. Her Majesty gently touched the Commonwealth globe to set off a chain of lights that connected to the Principal Beacon at Buckingham Palace, where a 70-foot tall sculpture called the "Tree of Trees" was officially lit. The monarch's participation in the ritual came shortly after it was confirmed that she would miss her Service of Thanksgiving the following day.
8. Princess Anne feeding penguins at Edinburgh Zoo
Shortly after the Thanksgiving Service on Friday, Princess Anne traveled to Scotland as part of a series of royal trips across the United Kingdom to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, she made her first stop at Edinburgh Zoo, where she fed gentoo penguins and met with children from Ukrainian orphanages for an animal handling lesson in the facility's Rainforest Room.
9. Princess Charlotte leads an orchestra in Cardiff
Princess Charlotte, 7, showed off her musical talent during the Cambridges' official visit to Wales on Saturday ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace, much to delight of royal fans.
The only daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton giggled sweetly as she conducted an orchestra at Cardiff Castle, shortly before receiving a drum demonstration with her older brother, Prince George.
10. Prince George singing Sweet Caroline with Prince William
As the eldest Cambridge child and the heir to the throne, Prince George often comes across as more serious in public than his younger siblings. Fortunately, the eight-year-old knows he doesn't have to be 'on' at all times, and appeared to let go of his reservations during the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday evening.
When the cameras panned to the royal box during Rod Stewart's performance of Sweet Caroline, George could be seen singing every word of the 1969 classic. If that wasn't cute enough, he was helped along by the equally enthusiastic Prince William, who appeared just as absorbed in the tune as his firstborn son.
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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