Two people have been arrested by police after breaking barriers on The Mall just an hour before the start of Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The pair broke through a cordon shortly after 10am this morning (Thursday, June 2) as tens of thousands prepared to watch celebrations to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign.
Around six officers ran the protesters down and were seen bodily carrying one back behind the barrier as Royal fans watched. One man seemed to be wearing a crown.
Thousands of troops are due to parade through Central London for the Trooping of the Colour which marks the beginning of the four day Bank Holiday celebrations The Queen is expected to watch from Buckingham Palace balcony while other royals will be in carriages and take part in the procession.
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Eslewhere in London, there are street parties taking place, including in Southwark, Redbridge and Westminster. MyLondon will be bringing you live updates from the key events as well as reporting on the parties taking place across the capital.
Ahead of the celebrations the Queen has called on the nation to “create many happy memories” over the four-day bank holiday. She said: “I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”
Prince Harry, wife Meghan and children Archie and Lilibet won’t be on the balcony but are reported to have arrived in Britain for the celebratioins on a private jet. The Queen is said to have sent three of her protection officers to pick them up and bring them to Windsor.
Royal aides are said to be keeping a close eye on the Queen to make sure she doesn’t overdo it during the Jubilee weekend. She has faced recent mobility problems and now uses a walking stick. But she’s appeared to be in good health in recent weeks and been able to enjoy short breaks at Sandringham and Balmoral.
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