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Someone’s elevator? Elevator ‘to the royal box’ installed before Queen withdrew from Party at the Palace


Someone’s elevator? Elevator ‘leading to the Royal Box’ at Party at the Palace which was installed before Queen withdrew due to ‘mobility issues’

  • Photo appears to show ‘elevator to Royal Box’ outside Palace for Platinum Party
  • The Queen is not expected to attend tonight’s star-studded anniversary event
  • Party guest tweets: ‘Looks like a lift has been installed for Her Majesty’s comfort’
  • Buckingham Palace and BBC news agency neither confirmed nor denied reports

An image purporting to show a lift to the Royal Box outside Buckingham Palace in the hours leading up to tonight’s Platinum Party at the Palace.

Special guest and fundraiser for Bowel Cancer UK, Dafydd Jones, tweeted this morning a behind-the-scenes photo of the last-minute party preparations.

He wrote: ‘Behind the scenes here at The Mall it appears that an elevator has been installed to comfort Her Majesty to take her to the Royal Box’.

The Queen is not expected to attend the Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace tonight.

It will take place hours after the Epsom Derby, which the Queen will miss due to ‘discomfort’ she felt on the palace balcony on Thursday.

Performers at tonight’s Jubilee bash include Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Queen and Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Elbow, George Ezra, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli and Eurovision star Sam Ryder.

The Queen was photographed on Thursday using her cane outside Windsor

The Queen was photographed on Thursday using her cane outside Windsor

Soul legend Nile Rodgers, Craig David, dance troupe Diversity and master composer Hans Zimmer are also on the lineup.

Her Majesty was unable to attend the Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after falling ill during the first day of the celebration.

The 96-year-old queen was represented at the service by her son Prince Charles, 73, after she retired.

Her son Prince Andrew was also missing after testing positive for Covid-19 yesterday, but her three other children, eight grandchildren and their respective husbands were all present, as well as a selection of cousins ​​and their families.

The avid racer the Queen will also miss Epsom later today, although other Royals are expected to be there.

Phil White, Regional Director of The Jockey Club in London, said: ‘We would like to wish Her Majesty The Queen a wonderful Platinum Jubilee.

“It’s rare that the Queen can’t be with us at Epsom Downs, but we’re delighted she plans to enjoy Derby Day on television.

“We have big plans to celebrate Her Majesty’s contribution to horse racing and the nation, and these will continue in full tomorrow.

“The Derby is a unique race and we look forward to welcoming thousands of people to help us create a spectacular carnival atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, viewers of BBC Jubilee coverage were delighted to see Kirsty Young return to present the proceedings.

The 53-year-old host presented the classic Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs for 12 years before taking a break from them in 2018.

She announced she was leaving to receive treatment for a form of fibromyalgia — a condition that causes pain all over the body — and was replaced by Lauren Laverne, 44.

In July 2019, she confirmed her temporary hiatus would be permanent, saying it had inspired her to “take on new challenges.”

Viewers were delighted to see the popular presenter back on the BBC, with one tweet: ‘I haven’t watched much of the Jubilee stuff today, but my main takeaway is how lovely it is to finally see Kirsty Young again.’

Another wrote: ‘Great to see #KirstyYoung. A first-class presenter. Fantastic presentation by the #BBC. Really enjoyed watching.’


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