Queen Elizabeth news: Maj's Platinum Jubilee Barbie doll sells out in SECONDS as new candid footage of monarch released

A BARBIE doll of Her Majesty to mark her Platinum Jubilee yesterday sold out in just 3 SECONDS upon its release.

The Queen was recently immortalised as one of the iconic dolls to mark her 70 years on the throne.

But John Lewis said its stock of the £95 doll sold out – seen as a key piece of royal memorabhilia – in three seconds, with eBay sellers hoping to sell the sought-after collectible for a good profit.

The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie Doll comes with an ivory gown and blue riband adorned with decorations of order – while her miniature tiara is based on Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara – famously worn by The Queen on her wedding day.

Meanwhile, never-seen footage of The Queen throughout her life has been released in anticipation of a forthcoming documentary.

The teaser for Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen was broadcast for the first time on BBC One on Thursday.

Her Majesty is seen as a young princess, skipping on the Royal Yacht Britannia, smiling into the camera as a teenager with her younger sister, Princess Margaret.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate's 'security worry'

    Kate Middleton has security worries of her own, after a police report listed 170 stalkers – a development that will be doing "no end of good" for Prince Harry, an expert claims.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK!: "Kate's children's protection is a constant worry for her but she just has to have faith that they have these expert police officers.

    "Over the years they have altered and upped the security. After the 7/7 bombings in London, the number of protection officers looking after William almost doubled so they do monitor the threat constantly."

    He continued: "This will do Harry no end of good to be able to demonstrate the need for security.

    "These numbers will be based on police intelligence, they're not just plucked out of the sky.

    "They do re-enforce the fact that Harry is a target whether he's part of the Royal family or not and so are his children."

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    Will Harry heal his rift with William at the Jubilee?

    A royal expert has cast doubt on Prince Harry’s plans to use the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee trip to heal his rift with Prince William.

    According to Vanity Fair journalist Erin Vanderhoof, the rift between the two royal brothers is “really deep and really personal” and has only gotten worse in recent months.

    Ms Vanderhoof explained: “Meghan and Harry together are going to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to make some family moments and introduce the kids to the rest of the family.

    “And they will try at least make sure they understand that can still figure something out in the future.

    “But our reporting for the podcast shows that the rift between Harry and William is really deep and really personal.

    “It will take both of them coming to a point where they want to make up before that is possible behind closed doors.”

    And, sources have hinted that the Duke of Cambridge is “wary” about his brother’s decision to join the Monarch’s weekend celebrations.

    A source told The Sun: “‘William wants to talk to Harry to try to heal the rift between them but he’s fearful it will find its way onto Netflix, Oprah or into Harry’s upcoming book.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Keeping children safe: Prince Harry helps make an online toolkit

    Social media is a difficult and dangerous world to navigate at times, but Prince Harry wants to make sure kids are protected.

    The Duke of Sussex, who shares two adorable children with Meghan Markle, is helping to launch a Global Child Online Safety Toolkit.

    Harry and Meghan’s Archewell foundation will also support working mums.

    The US is the only well off nation that doesn’t have a national paid parental-leave programme. 

    Meghan has become a strong advocate for ensuring working mums are offered help with childcare.

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    Harry & Meg’s contract allows them to sell-on any products rejected by Netflix

    Meghan and executive producer David Furnish “are reviewing the project to see where else it could find a home”, according to sources.

    They will be pitching the series concept to other TV networks and streamers including Apple and Amazon.

    The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex’s contract with Netflix allows the couple to sell on any products that the streaming platform turns down.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen moves ‘best friend’ into Windsor

    THE Queen has moved her “best friend” Angela Kelly into Windsor Castle apartments as she grapples with her mobility issues.

    Angela, 69, who has been Her Majesty’s dresser and closest aide for 28 years, is staying in a suite next to her private quarters.

    Angela first moved in during the Covid lockdown as part of the HMS Bubble team and helped Her Majesty with day-to-day care.

    A source told The Sun: “She lives there now. She has moved in.”

    Angela is said to have a 42in telly in her rooms.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Miss GB finds surprising family connection to Princess Diana

    A Miss Great Britain finalist Niamh Gwen,24, from Chorley, Lancashire has made the shocking discovery that she is in fact related to Princess Diana.

    Niamh’s mother, Donna, 59, used a genealogy website, and the research showed the beauty queen and her mother are related to Diana’s 13th great grandmother and her 15th great grandfather.

    The Miss Great Britain finalist said: “My mum was interested in finding out her ancestry and wanted to log it while she still knew a few generations prior.

    “We are related to both Princess Diana’s 13th great grandma and 15th great grandad too (so not castle worthy but still exciting!).”

    She added: “Me and my brother, Dean, thought she was joking.

    “We absolutely adore Diana, who doesn’t?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    William & Kate urge Brits to help ‘lift someone out of loneliness’

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have called on the nation to “lift someone out of loneliness” with small acts of kindness, in a special radio broadcast for Mental Health Awareness Week.

    William and Kate took to the airwaves of more than 500 stations across the country to speak to an estimated 20 million listeners in the 60-second message for this year’s Mental Health Minute.

    The couple, who have long campaigned on mental health issues, urged the public to make a difference, with Kate saying: “If you think someone you know might be feeling lonely, just give them a ring, send them a text or knock on the door.”

    William added “Maybe suggest meeting for a coffee or a walk”, as Kate continued: “Because these small acts of kindness can make a big difference and help us all feel less lonely.”

    The pair apologised for interrupting all of the UK’s radio stations which united to play the message simultaneously at 10.59am on Friday.

    But Kate added: “If we interrupt the lives of those who are feeling alone…”

    “We can help lift them out of loneliness,” the duke continued.

    William noted “We’re all in different places right now”, with the duchess saying “Not just physically but mentally”.

    The duke then added “And we can all feel lonely sometimes”, with Kate commenting: “No matter who – or where – we are.”

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    Will Harry heal his rift with William at the Jubilee?

    A royal expert has cast doubt on Prince Harry’s plans to use the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee trip to heal his rift with Prince William.

    According to Vanity Fair journalist Erin Vanderhoof, the rift between the two royal brothers is “really deep and really personal” and has only gotten worse in recent months.

    Ms Vanderhoof explained: “Meghan and Harry together are going to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to make some family moments and introduce the kids to the rest of the family.

    “And they will try at least make sure they understand that can still figure something out in the future.

    “But our reporting for the podcast shows that the rift between Harry and William is really deep and really personal.

    “It will take both of them coming to a point where they want to make up before that is possible behind closed doors.”

    And, sources have hinted that the Duke of Cambridge is “wary” about his brother’s decision to join the Monarch’s weekend celebrations.

    A source told The Sun: “‘William wants to talk to Harry to try to heal the rift between them but he’s fearful it will find its way onto Netflix, Oprah or into Harry’s upcoming book.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate faces ‘painful dilemma’ when her kids 'carry the monarchy's future' (2/2)

    Writing in the New Zealand Herald, Elser questioned how Kate must be feeling as mother when faced with such an uncertain future.

    She said: "The pressure on them is going to be intense to help ensure the survival of the British monarchy, an institution which can be easily traced back to the ninth century.

    "Imagine having the weight of more than 1,200 hundred years of history constantly on your shoulders.

    "It must be painful for Kate to know that while other kids look at the future with goggle-eyed wonder, her children's paths look set in Portland stone."

    Elser added: "One thing that has never been speculated about or reported on in any of the approximately 8,774,573,498 stories about Megxit are any concerns they might have had leaving the Royal family short-staffed.

    "There is no way that I can see that, at this stage, Charlotte and Louis will have anywhere near the latitude and freedom to ever make a similar choice.

    "The only possible candidates to step in and help [George] carry the burden here are his siblings, meaning that like it or not, all three of the Cambridge children could very well be dragooned into working royal life whether they fancy the gig or not.

    "That simple joy of imagining what you might be when you grow up is a privilege George, and very possibly Charlotte and Louis, will never really get."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate faces ‘painful dilemma’ when her kids 'carry the monarchy's future' (1/2)

    KATE Middleton faces a "painful dilemma" as her kids will carry the burden of ensuring the monarchy's future, a royal expert has claimed.

    George, Charlotte and Louis will be under "intense pressure" to fulfil duties as they get older thanks to dwindling numbers in the Firm, according to Daniela Elser.

    The royal commentator reckons the three youngsters won't be given the same freedoms as Harry and Meghan, and therefore their children Archie and Lilibet – despite the aging workforce.

    And when George one day becomes king, demand on Charlotte and Louis will really ramp up.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris Johnson on Bowelbabe's damehood

    On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed that James was to be made a dame, saying: "The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of damehood be conferred upon Deborah James."

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it.

    "Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.

    "Through her tireless campaigning and by so openly sharing her experience she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, she has ensured countless others with the Big C have not felt alone.

    "I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – backed I'm sure by the whole country – will provide some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time.

    "My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know she has the country's love and gratitude."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Deborah James recieves Damehood from William at her home

    Podcast host Deborah James has praised the Duke of Cambridge for "going above and beyond to make a very special memory" after he made her a dame at her family home.

    The 40-year-old, known online as Bowel Babe, was honoured for her "tireless campaigning" to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

    Dame Deborah posted pictures of William with herself and her family on Instagram and has said the visit gave her family "so much to smile about in the sadness".

    In a post on Instagram, she said: "I believe I may have had the most surreal, mind blowing, humbling five days of my life.

    "I cannot thank you for your generosity at launching the @bowelbabefund which now stands at £5.7 million, and to the @dukeandduchessofcambridge for going above and beyond to make a very special memory happen yesterday. Can't quite believe im actually a Dame!

    "My family are being amazing and as emotional as it all is, we are finding so much to smile about in the sadness.

    "I may be getting weaker and more tired each tired having run off pure adrenaline, but my word, I always said I wanted to slide in sideways when my time is up, with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of champagne! Still my intention!!!"

  • Joseph Gamp

    The Queen will be surrounded by a ‘ring of steel’

    THE QUEEN will be surrounded by a “ring of steel” and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been told by royal aides to not “even think” about using the Monarch as content, a royal expert has said.

    Royal expert, Russell Myers, says Buckingham Palace aides have put a strict cordon around the Queen.

    Mr Myers told the US outlet Today: “There is an absolute ring of steel around the Queen in terms of her advisors.

    “I mean, they certainly would be advising Harry and Megan to not even think about it for a second, but who knows what they will do?

    “They would definitely have been advised not to speak to Oprah Winfrey not to speak to Gayle King not to speak to the American journalists last week and yet they still keep on doing it.

    “I mean, it makes you wonder how much the family can take anymore and I’m sure Prince William has got his head in his hands as Prince Charles as every time they pop up on the television.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Will Harry heal his rift with William at the Jubilee?

    A royal expert has cast doubt on Prince Harry’s plans to use the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee trip to heal his rift with Prince William.

    According to Vanity Fair journalist Erin Vanderhoof, the rift between the two royal brothers is “really deep and really personal” and has only gotten worse in recent months.

    Ms Vanderhoof explained: “Meghan and Harry together are going to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to make some family moments and introduce the kids to the rest of the family.

    “And they will try at least make sure they understand that can still figure something out in the future.

    “But our reporting for the podcast shows that the rift between Harry and William is really deep and really personal.

    “It will take both of them coming to a point where they want to make up before that is possible behind closed doors.”

    And, sources have hinted that the Duke of Cambridge is “wary” about his brother’s decision to join the Monarch’s weekend celebrations.

    A source told The Sun: “‘William wants to talk to Harry to try to heal the rift between them but he’s fearful it will find its way onto Netflix, Oprah or into Harry’s upcoming book.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Harry slammed over ‘ludicrous’ NBC Today interview

    Prince Harry previously caused royal tension with some comments he made during his interview for NBC Today.

    Speaking on Australia’s The Today Show, Royal expert Russell Myers said: “I just think that interview that Harry gave for American television a few weeks ago was absolutely ludicrous.

    “What on earth is he talking about protecting the Queen, making sure she’s got the right people around her”.

    Mr Myers noted that the Duke now lives “5000 miles away from her”.

    He added: “He’s chosen to give up his duty, he’s run roughshod over the Royal Family and his duty that he left behind, yet he’s coming out with ludicrous statements that he’s the one protecting the Queen”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince William was ‘nervous’ during Queen’s speech, expert claims

    According to a body language expert, Prince William appeared “nervous” and “submissive” during the Queen’s Speech.

    Adrianne Carter told the Daily Star that the 39-year-old looked as if he was lacking confidence, compared to when he is seen at other public engagements.

    She said: “He is not always as confident at ‘officialdom’ as he is when interacting with real people.

    She added of William that by the way he stands, he appears submissive: “William keeps his head bowed a lot, which is a submissive way of being.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Will Harry heal his rift with William at the Jubilee?

    A royal expert has cast doubt on Prince Harry’s plans to use the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee trip to heal his rift with Prince William.

    According to Vanity Fair journalist Erin Vanderhoof, the rift between the two royal brothers is “really deep and really personal” and has only gotten worse in recent months.

    Ms Vanderhoof explained: “Meghan and Harry together are going to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to make some family moments and introduce the kids to the rest of the family.

    “And they will try at least make sure they understand that can still figure something out in the future.

    “But our reporting for the podcast shows that the rift between Harry and William is really deep and really personal.

    “It will take both of them coming to a point where they want to make up before that is possible behind closed doors.”

    And, sources have hinted that the Duke of Cambridge is “wary” about his brother’s decision to join the Monarch’s weekend celebrations.

    A source told The Sun: “‘William wants to talk to Harry to try to heal the rift between them but he’s fearful it will find its way onto Netflix, Oprah or into Harry’s upcoming book.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Keeping children safe: Prince Harry helps make an online toolkit

    Social media is a difficult and dangerous world to navigate at times, but Prince Harry wants to make sure kids are protected.

    The Duke of Sussex, who shares two adorable children with Meghan Markle, is helping to launch a Global Child Online Safety Toolkit.

    Harry and Meghan’s Archewell foundation will also support working mums.

    The US is the only well off nation that doesn’t have a national paid parental-leave programme. 

    Meghan has become a strong advocate for ensuring working mums are offered help with childcare.

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    Thank you for reading my coverage. Joe Gamp will now be taking over the blog until 10pm tonight.

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    Harry & Meghan 'need' to attend Jubilee

    According to a royal author, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to join the Platinum Jubilee celebrations is "entirely down to branding".

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex desperately "need" the Platinum Jubilee to boost their celebrity credentials, according to two leading royal experts.

    Speaking to True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat, royal author Hugo Vickers said Harry and Meghan's decision to attend the Platinum Jubilee next month is “entirely down to branding”.

    Russell Myers, Royal Editor of the Daily Mirror, echoed this, saying the couple desperately "needed to stay relevant".

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meghan 'should panic' over photo of Charles

    A royal commentator has claimed that a photo of Prince Charles stepping in for the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament this week should be a "cause for serious alarm" for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Writing for news.com.au, royal commentator Daniela Elser said: "So, what happens, both in a personal and a royal sense, when she passes away and Charles takes the reins? (Or should that be reigns? Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

    "There is every chance that Harry and Meghan might face a much less sympathetic time of it."

    Ms Elser said a photo of the Prince of Wales at the State Opening of Parliament shows the Queen's reign is "every day drawing just a bit closer to closing" and "should panic" and be a "cause for serious alarm" for Harry and Meghan.

    She added: "This hands-off approach on the part of the Palace could very possibly go out the window under King Charles III.

    "He has waited a literal lifetime for the top job and his willingness to sit back and take whatever Molotov media cocktails the Sussexes might lob at the Palace in the future could be very, very limited."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen moves ‘best friend’ into Windsor

    THE Queen has moved her “best friend” Angela Kelly into Windsor Castle apartments as she grapples with her mobility issues.

    Angela, 69, who has been Her Majesty’s dresser and closest aide for 28 years, is staying in a suite next to her private quarters.

    Angela first moved in during the Covid lockdown as part of the HMS Bubble team and helped Her Majesty with day-to-day care.

    A source told The Sun: “She lives there now. She has moved in.”

    Angela is said to have a 42in telly in her rooms.

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    Platinum Jubilee Queen Barbie sells out in SECONDS

    A special Platinum Jubilee doll of the Queen has sold out and become the subject of fierce bidding on eBay.

    John Lewis said its stock of the £95 doll sold out in three seconds. Now, eBay sellers are hoping to sell the sought-after collectible for at least double the selling price.

    The doll’s face has been sculpted to look like the Queen’s, and Barbie’s famous blond hair has been replaced with the Monarch's signature look – topped with a tiara.

    The toy is the latest product of the lucrative royal memorabilia being sold for the Platinum Jubilee – including fine china, teddy bears and t-shirts.

    The doll sold out in seconds after being John Lewis stocked it. Photograph: Mattel/AFP/Getty
  • Milica Cosic

    New plans for watching the Jubilee celebrations

    Ministers announced on Thursday that more than 70,000 Big Jubilee Lunches are planned in the four UK nations over the weekend.

    This will include big screens being set up outdoors in London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff so thousands of people can come together to watch the main events next month.

    Moreover, the BBC is offering local communities a special one-off TV Licence dispensation so they can use a big screen to show the events.

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “No other British monarch has reached this milestone and we will celebrate it with tradition, pomp and circumstance."

    “I hope that people and communities across the country will come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty – whether that be to watch on big screens or toasting Her Majesty at a Big Jubilee Lunch with their neighbours or coming together in their local village hall.”

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    Queen beams at Windsor Horse Show

    THE Queen beamed as she received a standing ovation at the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday.

    The 96-year-old looked delighted for her first public appearance since pulling out of the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday over walking difficulties.

    And she looked delighted when her horse Balmoral Leia was named winner of the Highland Class 64 event, and later supreme champion.

    Despite health concerns, she appeared well and spent almost an hour at the parade ring close to her Windsor Castle home, and spent a long period chatting to retired racehorse trainer Henrietta Knight.

    Colin Brooks, chairman of the show's committee, shared a joke with the Queen and her head groom Terry Pendry was on hand to offer his advice.

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