Day Three of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations started with members of the Royal Family attending engagements throughout the country, beginning with the Derby at Epsom Downs.
The Queen, who famously loves horseraces, had only missed Derby Day twice in her reign. She was given her first horse (a Shetland pony) when she was just 4 years old and is known to get very animated at horse racing events, enthusiastically cheering for her horses.
Her Majesty was not in attendance at the Epsom Downs Derby due to health and mobility issues, and it is said that she watched the event from her home in Windsor Castle.
Anne, Princess Royal, led the festivities in the place of Her Majesty The Queen.
The Royal Family members in attendance were:
Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Timothy Lawrence
Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall
Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips and his girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace
40 of the Queen’s jockeys, past and present, formed a guard of honour in recognition of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Five of the Queen’s former racehorses were also paraded.
Meanwhile, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they attended a 1950s themed celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.
There was a lot of fun to be had and The Earl went head to head with The Countess in an omelette competition – it was a tie!
And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, visited Cardiff Castle, Wales.
George and Charlotte also helped get the Platinum Jubilee party started in Cardiff as they turned their hands to running a sound mixing deck and conducting an orchestra.
PLATINUM PARTY AT THE PALACE
Platinum Jubilee Party at the Palace was kicked off by The Queen and another national treasure, Paddington Bear having tea together!.
Famous faces from the world of entertainment came together to perform musical tributes in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign, including Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity. MORE
Sir David Attenborough, Dame Julie Andrews, David Beckham and U.S. Open tennis champion Emma Raducanu are among the celebrity hosts appearing onstage or via video.
There were over 22, 000 people in attendance, with millions more watching online or via television.
The Queen did not attend due to her mobility issues, but she watched it from Windsor Castle.
The members of the Royal Family in attendance included:
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn; Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence; Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank; Peter Phillips and his daughters; Zara and Mike Tindall; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke of Kent; Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent , and Sarah Chatto and her family.
An impressive light show also featured a corgi, the Queen’s beloved dog breed.
Prince Charles and Prince William gave moving tributes to The Queen at the end of the concert.
“Your Majesty, Mummy. The scale of this evening’s celebration – and the outpouring of warmth and affection over this whole Jubilee weekend – is our way of saying thank you – thank you from your family, the country, the Commonwealth, in fact the whole world.” – HRH, PRINCE CHARLES
You can watch all the highlights of the day in the video below