‘Hail and thunder’ are set to hit the UK next week in the run-up to Jubilee Bank Holiday with heavy rain likely on Saturday and Sunday
- The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and four-day bank holiday weekend begin this week on Thursday
- Temperatures are expected to be lower than average for this time of year on Tuesday and Wednesday
- The Met Office warned that Britain could see ‘some heavy with hail and thunder’ in the coming days
- The outlook becomes more optimistic just in time for the beginning of the celebrations on Thursday, June 2
- The weather will become ‘mostly dry away from the north by Thursday, with some sunshine,’ before ‘becoming warmer’ the Met Office said in its forecast today, with Friday seeing ‘sunshine in places’
- However, one expert warned that heavy rain could dampen the Jubilee celebrations on Saturday and Sunday
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The UK will be thrashed by thunder and hail in the week leading up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Met Office has said, as Brits up and down the country cross their fingers for a sunny bank holiday weekend.
Amid unclear reports about what the weather will look like when the start of the four day weekend finally arrives on Thursday, one expert warned that heavy rain could dampen the party on Saturday and Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be lower than average for this time of year on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the outlook becoming more optimistic just in time for the beginning of the celebrations on Thursday, June 2.
As the anticipation builds, the Met Office said tonight that Monday will see sunny spells and scattered showers that will grow heavier as the day wares on, increasing the risk of thunder in some regions.
The outlook becomes less bright from Tuesday to Thursday, which are forecasted to be ‘rather cool with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some heavy with hail and thunder,’ the Met Office said.
However, the national weather service gave a more optimistic outlook for Thursday – the first day of the four-day weekend to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne. The weather will become ‘mostly dry away from the north by Thursday, with some sunshine,’ before ‘becoming warmer’ the Met Office said.
In Scotland, Thursday temperatures are expected to rise to around 20C, the Met Office has also said.
Brits in towns from north to south have been hanging Union Flag bunting in preparation for the celebrations, hoping raincoats will not be needed for the street parties, picnics and barbecues that are planned.
With all eyes on the forecast for the four-day bank holiday, the Met Office said that while there is still ‘plenty of detail to work out’, a showery start could make way for finer, warmer conditions for the occasion.
In its long range weather forecast – for the period from Friday June 3 to Sunday June 12 – the Met Office said the start of the period will be ‘fine and dry with plenty of sunshine in places,’ with some cloudy conditions in areas of the south and east of the country.
British Weather Services senior meteorologist Jim Dale told The Sun that the heat could ‘ramp up’ into the weekend, but warned that heavy rain is likely for the two days. ‘It’s early days but that kicks in fairly quickly across the course of that weekend,’ he said.
The UK will be thrashed by thunder and hail in the week leading up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Met Office has said, as Brits up and down the country cross their fingers for a sunny bank holiday weekend. Pictured: Shops and streets are decorated with Union Jacks and bunting for the forthcoming jubilee celebrations. Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, May 29
Pictured: Bunting is seen in Duke Of Yorks Square, Chelsea, during the Chelsea Flower Show, May 29
Church Street in Stony Stratford, Bucks is the site of some of the first bunting put up in advance of the Platinum Jubilee
Pictured: A display paying homage to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II outside the Sloane Club and Sloane Place, in London, as part of “Chelsea in Bloom” an alternative floral art show which runs alongside the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards leads The Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade on May 28, 2022 in London
A customer holds a Corgi as they visit a cafe to celebrate ahead of Queens Jubilee in London, Britain May 29, 2022
Across the country, red, white and blue Union Jack are being hung for the events. With two public holidays and the weekend, retailers and the hospitality sector in particular are hoping for a sales boost, after a difficult few years.
Events begin on Thursday with Trooping the Colour, the military parade that has officially marked the British monarch’s birthday for more than 250 years. In previous years, the queen has taken the salute herself on horseback at Horse Guards Parade, near her central London home at Buckingham Palace.
But at 96, and with well-documented problems walking and standing, senior royals will deputise.
Heir to the throne Prince Charles, 73, most recently stood in for his mother at the State Opening of Parliament – a key ceremonial engagement.
The queen has been largely out of action at public engagements since last October, when she spent a night in hospital after unspecified tests.
Last-minute cancellations and a bout of Covid earlier this year cast doubt on whether she would participate in full at the landmark jubilee.
No other British monarch in history has reigned for 70 years, and the Queen has made several surprise appearances in recent weeks, at the opening of a new east-west rail link in London that bears her name, and at the Windsor Horse Show.
She walked with a stick on those occasions and toured exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show this week in a deluxe chauffeur-driven buggy.
Pictured: London’s New Bond Street is decorated with Union flags, Friday, May 27, 2022. Celebrations will take place June 2-5 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, for her 70 years on the throne
Pictures of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II are shown on Piccadilly Circus lights as a seven-day countdown to the Platinum Jubilee begins in London, Britain, 27 May 2022.
Pictured: A diorama of the queen riding in her royal carriage is seen in the window of a shop in Henley on Thames, May 29
Pictured: A shop window is decorated in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire ahead of the platinum jubilee celebrations
A cascade of more than 4,300 woolly flowers draped from All Saints Church in Middleton Cheney, near Banbury, to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Residents spent months crocheting and knitting the 70ft yarn feature which is expected to stay on the church until July. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2022
A member of staff of the Bulls heads pub hangs a bunting on the facade of the bar in Bidford-On-Avon, central England, on May 27, 2022, as preparations get underway for the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II
As in previous jubilees, events have been designed to reflect the queen’s position as head of state and a national figurehead representing tradition and history.
The whole event is characteristically British, such as a pudding competition, and quirky world record attempts for the biggest cream tea party and longest picnic.
Participants in a giant public parade that tops off the events on Sunday will be familiar to anyone acquainted with British popular culture since 1952.
But Bollywood dancers and a Caribbean carnival will also reflect the changing nature of British society since the start of her reign from one predominantly white and Christian to multicultural and multi-faith.
The most recent YouGov poll gave the queen a 75-percent approval rating, maintaining her position as Britain’s most favoured royal.
Crowds of people enjoy the spring sunshine on Westminster Bridge in London on Saturday as the warm weather returns
People make the most of the bright sunshine and warm temperatures by heading to the beach in Bournemouth on Saturday
Ahead of the events, Harvir Dhillon, an economist at the British Retail Consortium, predicted a rush to stock up on party food and booze.
‘Fresh food, sales of alcohol and particularly items adorned with the Union Jack are expected to perform well,’ he told AFP news agency.
The British Beer and Pub Association estimated that 90 million pints will be sold, giving a 105-million-pound boost to the trade. Closing time has been extended from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am from Thursday to Saturday night.
Jason Smith, who runs the White Swan pub in Otley, near Leeds, northern England, said Covid restrictions and closures had been a ‘real blow’ to business.
‘But this will be an opportunity to bounce back, so we’re keeping fingers crossed for nice weather as well to lift spirits and celebrations even more.’
A Covent Garden street performer is applauded in front of the London square’s more than 4,000 Jubilee flags hung this week
A woman walks past a shop window near Milton Keynes where Union Flag bunting is already showing in force
Bunting makers in Knaresborough, England work hard to prepare the thousands of Union Flags needed for the Jubilee break
The pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Colour has typically ended with an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and a ceremonial fly-past.
But numbers have been limited to working royals only, leaving no place for self-exiled grandson Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan, nor her disgraced second son Prince Andrew.
But reports have claimed Andrew – who in February settled a US civil claim for sexual assault – could be involved in the jubilee in some form.
Harry and Meghan have also promised to fly in from the United States with their young children Archie and Lilibet to take part in the wider celebrations.
Andrew’s appearance in March supporting his mother at her late husband Prince Philip’s memorial service caused outrage, and royal officials are reportedly concerned about a media circus around Harry and Meghan.
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Britain has never seen one before… and may never do so again. So break out the bunting and get ready to celebrate this year’s historic Platinum Jubilee. Over a billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in to watch the festivities, and more than 16,000 street parties are planned across the UK. The celebrations begin with two bank holidays – Thursday and Friday – and culminate on Sunday with a rousing, star-studded rendition of the National Anthem. Here is your run-down to a four-day weekend which promises to be both happy and glorious…
Thursday, June 2
Queen’s Birthday Parade
At 10am the festivities begin with a special Trooping the Colour parade. It will include military personnel and members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
The finest of British pomp and pageantry will be on display as the Colour – a regimental flag – is trooped by the Irish Guards, which have Prince William as their Colonel.
A flypast by more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy will follow the parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 260 years. The Red Arrows pictured over Buckingham Palace in June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee
A flypast by more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy will follow the parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 260 years.
The display – featuring three times the number of aircraft in the Queen’s last birthday flypast in 2019 – will include an aerobatic performance by the Red Arrows, alongside helicopters and other aircraft that have been used to respond to recent events in Ukraine and during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen, joined by working members of the Royal Family, will watch from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
As the sun sets on the first day of celebrations, thousands of Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit throughout Britain and across the Commonwealth.
At 9.25pm, members of the Royal Family will gather to watch as a 21m (69ft) Tree of Trees sculpture is lit outside Buckingham Palace.
Diana Ross and Sir Rod Stewart to headline Platinum Party At The Palace
Diana Ross and Sir Rod Stewart are among the headline acts at the Platinum Party At The Palace, which promises to be a highlight of the celebrations.
Stars from opera to pop music will appear on three huge stages and Sir Elton John will pre-record a special performance.
The BBC’s live broadcast starts on Saturday at 8pm with a performance by Queen, with singer Adam Lambert, which organisers say will ‘summon memories of Brian May’s historic appearance on the Palace roof at the Golden Jubilee Concert’.
Other performers include Elbow, Alicia Keys, George Ezra, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Mabel and Diversity.
Friday, June 3
Service at St Paul’s Cathedral
Great Paul, the country’s largest church bell, will peel to signify a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s.
Plans are in place to take into account the Queen’s comfort, and she is likely to enter from a side door. Members of the family expected to attend include the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The service starts at 11.30am and will include a new anthem by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, with words from the third chapter of the Book Of Proverbs.
Afterwards the Lord Mayor will host a reception at the Guildhall, with Royals arriving from 12.25pm.
Saturday, June 4
Derby at Epsom Downs
Royals are expected to attend the famous race day from 4.30pm, and 40 of the Queen’s past and present jockeys will form a guard of honour.
Party at the Palace
A spectacular line-up of stars will perform at a concert near the Victoria Memorial, outside Buckingham Palace. There are 22,000 tickets but a further 100,000 are expected to be available on the Mall itself. Millions are expected to watch from 8-10pm when the concert is broadcast live.
Sunday, June 5
Big Jubilee Lunch
More than 16,000 street parties are planned and more than 60,000 people have registered to host community lunches across the country.
There will also be 600 Big Jubilee Lunches across the Commonwealth and beyond.
Diana Ross (pictured) and Sir Rod Stewart are among the headline acts at the Platinum Party At The Palace, which promises to be a highlight of the celebrations
An ambitious three-hour pageant will transform the streets of London with a vibrant display of colour and dance.
The show will culminate in a grand finale with a performance by Ed Sheeran, before a gospel choir and military band lead the nation in singing the National Anthem.
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