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Jubilee party is OVER as Mall undergoes rapid clear up and Brits face ‘Platty Blues’ come down

Brits faced a stern jolt back to normality this Monday morning following a remarkable extended weekend celebrating the Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee.

Almost no signs of the jubilant celebrations can be seen along The Mall in London, which hosted tens of thousands of people every day over the weekend.

The long road leading to Buckingham Palace is still lined with Union Jack flags and some railings, but little evidence of yesterday’s impressive parade remains.  

And the relatively dry, sunny weather of the early long bank holiday weekend disappeared, with large areas of the UK set for drizzle and cloud today with chances of even poorer conditions later in the week.

As commuters in London returned to work facing the misery and chaos of a 24-hour tube strike, Brits took to social media to remark they’d rather have a bank holiday Monday instead of the bank holiday Thursday last week.

The Mall in London was tidied up quickly after yesterday’s event, with workers out at 4:30am reinstalling the traffic lights to get the roads back to normal before the rush hour commute

The Mall hosted huge crowds throughout the weekend (pictured yesterday), as thousands watched the Platinum Jubilee events

The Mall hosted huge crowds throughout the weekend (pictured yesterday), as thousands watched the Platinum Jubilee events

With a tube strike taking place today, installing the traffic lights was a priority as increased traffic is expected

With a tube strike taking place today, installing the traffic lights was a priority as increased traffic is expected

The road from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace barely shows signs of the grand parade that took place yesterday

The road from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace barely shows signs of the grand parade that took place yesterday 

People were out at 4.30am returning the area to normality after the extravagant jubilee weekend of events

People were out at 4.30am returning the area to normality after the extravagant jubilee weekend of events

The stage is still in place outside the palace, but there are few signs of litter and rubbish after tens of thousands of people visited the area over the weekend

The stage is still in place outside the palace, but there are few signs of litter and rubbish after tens of thousands of people visited the area over the weekend

The area appeared very tidy, with just railings, lights and the stage left up outside Buckingham Palace

The area appeared very tidy, with just railings, lights and the stage left up outside Buckingham Palace

The area had been swamped by thousands of people in the past few days but has quickly returned to almost normal

The area had been swamped by thousands of people in the past few days but has quickly returned to almost normal

Fixtures like traffic lights had been removed as the road was transformed into the focal point of the weekend celebrations

Fixtures like traffic lights had been removed as the road was transformed into the focal point of the weekend celebrations

Some areas still have large amounts of scaffolding which will take some time to dismantle

Some areas still have large amounts of scaffolding which will take some time to dismantle

Thousands of people performed during the Platinum Pageant on The Mall yesterday

Thousands of people performed during the Platinum Pageant on The Mall yesterday

Commuters in London returned to work after the long weekend to poor weather and travel chaos as thousands of tube workers hold a day of action

Commuters in London returned to work after the long weekend to poor weather and travel chaos as thousands of tube workers hold a day of action

Yesterday saw the Queen said she was ‘humbled and deeply touched’ by the reception she received when she appeared on Buckingham Palace balcony to thousands of people cheering. 

Huge crowds gathered on The Mall to watch the eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display celebrating Her Majesty’s 70 year reign, which featured a great number of celebrities.

The event culminated in a performance by Ed Sheeran and then the national anthem was sung by a choir of including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal.

Though all the pageantry has been swiftly tidied away, with crews hard at work as early as 4:30am this morning reinstalling traffic lights.

Across the UK people have reluctantly returned to their jobs from the extended four day weekend.

Prince Charles said yesterday that he hoped the UK would avoid returning to ‘bickering’ after jubilee weekend.

Although, Londoners were immediately greeted by a tube strike after the RMT union called up to 4,000 station staff out on strike for 24 hours. 

The strike is an escalation of the union’s dispute with Transport for London over feared threats to staff pensions and concerns that losses of up to 600 station posts will lead to remaining staff having to work more unsociable hours or be left alone in stations at night.

A reduced timetable was operating on some London Underground sections, with services suspended elsewhere.

Many stations, especially those in central and south London, were closed, causing long queues for buses.

London Underground advised people not to travel.

Commuters queue to board packed buses at Victoria Station as a tube strike impacts the Monday morning rush hour

Commuters queue to board packed buses at Victoria Station as a tube strike impacts the Monday morning rush hour

People were trying to cram themselves onto busses this morning as they faced travel chaos (pictured bus in Paddington)

People were trying to cram themselves onto busses this morning as they faced travel chaos (pictured bus in Paddington)

The poor weather added to the misery of workers headed back to their jobs this morning

The poor weather added to the misery of workers headed back to their jobs this morning

Brits shared their feeling about returning to work on a bleak Monday after the long ‘Platty Jubes’ weekend, with many calling for a bank holiday Monday.

Some took the decision to book off today to avoid any Monday blues, while some nearly forgot that they had to go to work today.

 One user was particularly annoyed that the poor weather and tube strike both landed on the first day back from the extended time off.   

Twitter users made their feeling clear about not wanting to go back to work today, with many suggesting a bank holiday Monday would have been preferred

Twitter users made their feeling clear about not wanting to go back to work today, with many suggesting a bank holiday Monday would have been preferred

The weather today is set to be largely cloudy and rainy across large areas of the UK, with conditions not set to improve much throughout the week

The weather today is set to be largely cloudy and rainy across large areas of the UK, with conditions not set to improve much throughout the week

Commuters had their umbrellas out as they waited in the rain for busses as London Underground staff strikes created rush hour chaos this morning

Commuters had their umbrellas out as they waited in the rain for busses as London Underground staff strikes created rush hour chaos this morning 

While an RAF fly over yesterday had to be cancelled due to poor weather, and some struggled with holding their Big Jubilee Lunches due to rain, the majority of Jubilee events were largely unaffected by the conditions.

However today much of England and Wales will be dealing with cloud, outbreaks of rain and drizzle and some bright intervals.

According to the Met Office, there will be a reasonable amount of rain across patches of England in the coming days and later in the week there will be large amounts of rain and showers, with storms predicted.

Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesperson, said: ‘After a largely fine and dry start to the week, with showers largely only clinging on to eastern and southern coasts on Monday and Tuesday, a change is on the way from late on Tuesday, with some more unsettled weather on the way.

The first of two low-pressure systems will arrive near UK shores late on Tuesday and into Wednesday. This will start with some showers to the southwest and Northern Ireland late on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

‘This low-pressure will continue slowly towards the west on Wednesday and bring with it the risk of some slow-moving thundery downpours across northern areas of the UK, although precise positioning is still being determined.

‘There’s a chance of some associated thunder and lightning with this and although there’s still some uncertainty about rainfall amounts, some areas in the north could see in excess of 20mm of rain within a 3-hour period.

‘That unsettled theme will continue on Thursday and Friday as the remnants of Ex-Tropical Storm Alex begins to influence the UK weather, although to a much lesser extent than was seen in America.

‘The system will move to the northwest of the UK and will bring with it some high winds and rain, with gusts possible of around 45mph in the north, possibly in excess of 55mph on exposed northwestern islands and coastal areas.’


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