By Aoife Hanna published
The Queen snubs Lilibet's first birthday in favor of a huge event, as Buckingham Palace announces “star-studded” occasion that will take place on the same day.
- The Queen snubs Lilibet's first birthday in favor of hosting her own Jubilee event.
- Buckingham Palace says the party will be a “star-studded” event.
- In other royal news, Queen to face ‘major disappointment’ for Platinum Jubilee as Prince Andrew sex assault lawsuit intensifies
The Queen snubs Lilibet's first birthday on Saturday 4 June, in favor of a party to celebrate her Jubilee, as Buckingham Palace reveals it will be holding a fancy soirée on the same date. Although it's believed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 'diaries are free' for the Queen's Jubilee, this clash could throw a spanner in the works.
In recognition of the Queen's 70-year-long reign, there are many celebrations planned throughout the year, and it's unfortunate that this one falls on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter’s first birthday.
The news adds an extra level to the belief that the royal family's discord is ongoing. It also comes as it's believed that the Queen will miss Lilibet's christening as Harry and Meghan break royal tradition with an Episcopal Church ceremony.
The Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace will be staged and broadcast by the BBC and, despite the line-up being a mystery, the event is set to be a huge, star-studded affair.
An announcement on the Royal Family's website reads, “The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign.”
Royal fans living in the UK will be able to get their hands on tickets to the event, as the statement explains further. “Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in February.”
The unfortunate diary clash is the least of her worries as the Queen is to face ‘major disappointment’ for her Platinum Jubilee as the Prince Andrew sex assault lawsuit intensifies.
Prince Andrew has been accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, which she claims happened when she was a minor in 2001. The Duke's lawyers failed to persuade a New York district judge to dismiss the case earlier this week, which means he now faces a civil trial in the US.
Prince Andrew vehemently denies these allegations.
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
She's an Irish journalist and writer with over 1500 bylines and a background in creative writing, comedy and TV production.
Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the soon-to-be-published Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, hot yoga studio, lifting heavy weights or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.
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