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WATCH – Queen Elizabeth’s glorious Platinum Jubilee events so far



Queen Elizabeth beamed with joy as she stood on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony to kick off a weekend dedicated to her remarkable 70 years on the throne

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has officially lit the Platinum Jubilee Beacon to mark a truly remarkable 70 years on the throne.

The lighting of the beacon

The beacon lighting follows a day of pomp and ceremony, with the Queen putting on a brave face after suffering from mobility issues.

Queen Elizabeth has confirmed she will not be attending the upcoming Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral, pulling out last minute after suffering discomfort.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace says the decision was made ‘with great reluctance’ after considering both the journey to the cathedral and the activity required.

The Palace says the onset of discomfort followed Thursday’s Birthday Parade event, with Prince Charles representing his mother at the ceremony instead.

But the monarch had vowed to light the beacon, and that is exactly what she did.

Taking great care as she walked out onto the grass of Windsor Castle, she is seen using a cane for support.

This particular event is an important tradition for special royal occasions, including jubilees, weddings, and coronations.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has previously had a beacon lighting for her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees, and her 90th birthday in 2016.

Trooping of the Colour

The four days of celebrations began with Trooping of the Colour, with Her Majesty smiling at thousands of her adoring supporters and fans.

The Queen could hardly wipe the smile from her face, receiving rapturous applause from the crowd below.

The 96-year-old was joined on the balcony with her fellow senior royals including Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children.

It was the Prince Louis show, with the young royal unimpressed by the noisy air display.

Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge,right, holds his ears as he stands next to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. –

Meanwhile, Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle, and embattled royal Prince Andrew were noticeably missing from the occasion.

Elizabeth had previously made a decision to reserve the balcony for working royals only.

1,200 officers and soldiers, mounted troops from the 1st Battalion and Irish Guards were accompanied by 400 musicians and 240 horses for the spectacle.

The parade makes its way up The Mall from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday.

And as the sun shone across London and the sky turned red, white, and blue – there was just one person on everyone’s mind, with revelers from Commonwealth countries right around the globe paying tribute to their remarkable Queen.

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TikTok CEO testifies as U.S. considers nationwide ban



FBI says TikTok threatens U.S. national security

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

The hours-long fiery hearing on Capitol Hill was incredibly tense as Chew was grilled by both Republicans and Democrats.

With bipartisan support, both parties are pushing for a nationwide ban on the app which the FBI has said threatens the national security of the United States.

TikTok says it has 150 million America users – almost half the country.

The CEO gave testimony to try and reassure lawmakers and Americans that TikTok is not an agent of the Chinese Communist Party, but critics aren’t convinced.

Chew was bombarded with questions from representatives from both sides of the aisle about the company’s ties to the CCP, security, data storage, well-being, and mental health. 

Many lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of answers from the company.

Congress is now weighing a nationwide ban on the popular social media platform amid concerns that it is used to harvest Americans’ information and harm children online.

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Protests continue across France over pension reforms



Protestors blocked a terminal at an airport and sat on train tracks

The ongoing nationwide protests in France over plans by the government to raise the retirement age by two years saw another day of disruption – events which President Emmanuel Macron has recently compared to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters two years ago.

Protestors blocked a terminal at Paris’s Charles De Gaulle airport.

Protesters also sat on train tracks, and reportedly triggered a brief fire in the yard of a police station in once city.

Protests have been mostly peaceful, but tear gas has been used against them on occasions.

The plan is to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

For comparison, the U.S. is slowly raising its retirement age to 67 and the UK plans to go to 68.

Polls have long shown that a majority of voters in France oppose the move.

Macron earlier in the week said he was standing firm on the law and that it would come into effect by the end of the year.

The government says the change is needed to keep pension budgets from running a deficit – failure would create an annual deficit of about $14 billion by 2030.

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Prosecutors allege Donald Trump misled people on potential arrest



The move prompted Republicans in Congress to interfere with the course of justice

Manhattan prosecutors say Donald Trump has misled people to expect he would be arrested, prompting Republicans in Congress to interfere with the course of justice.

A probe is currently under way into his alleged hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

On Saturday, the former President said he would be arrested on Tuesday.

This saw three Republicans launching an offensive against the District Attorney, who is a Democrat.

They accused him of abusing authority, while also seeking communications, documents and testimony.

A grand jury hearing evidence in the Stormy Daniels case is yet to issue an arrest warrant for Trump.

The attorney’s office has since sent the committee chairmen a letter.

It says the lawmakers’ accusations “only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation he would be arrested”.

It also confirms the attorney’s office is “investigating allegations that Donald Trump engaged in violations of New York State penal law.”

If indicted, Trump would be the first U.S. President to face criminal charges.

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