The Queen has decided that only working members of the Royal Family will join her on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Color – meaning Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan will not be next to her for the Platinum Jubilee moment.
Buckingham Palace confirmation puts an end to speculation about whether the public will see the Sussexes, who? stepped down from royal duties in 2020or the Duke of Yorkwho lost his royal patronage and military titles because of the allegations of sexual abuse against himduring the celebrations.
The balcony moment is normally a big family affair and is the centerpiece of Trooping the Colour, the military parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
This year it takes place on June 2nd and marks the official start of a weekend of Platinum Anniversary Celebrations†
Queen Elizabeth is the first British monarch to reign for 70 years.
A source at the palace said the Sussexes are “beloved members of the family” and had been invited to other anniversary events, as have the Yorks, including Prince Andrew.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they were “excited and honoured” to be attending the celebrations with both of their children.
It is the first time that the Queen meets her great-granddaughter Lilibet, who is named after her.
In the past, there have been “slimming down” balcony moments, including at the end of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, where the Queen was accompanied only by Prince Charles, Camilla. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, but it is unusual for the monarch to impose a restriction on Trooping the Colour.
The palace said other members of the royal family will likely be involved in other scheduled events, but who will show up and where will be announced by then.
It is not yet clear when the queen will be seen all weekend.
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She is looking forward to the celebrations, but the palace has said her presence will not be confirmed until later or in the day.
Plans are being made to make it easier for her to get to certain times — for example, she’ll use a different entrance at St Paul’s Cathedral when she attends the National Service of Thanksgiving on Friday, June 3.
In recent months, she has struggled with walking and had to withdraw from a number of events that involved walking or standing for long distances.
With just a month to go until the four-day holiday, Buckingham Palace also revealed more details about what the public can expect and how we can participate in this unique celebration.
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A breathtaking moment on Sunday, June 4, is the Gold State Coach, who is the “iconic figurehead” and “crown jewel” of the Platinum pageant†
The carriage is used to transport the monarch on the occasion of their coronation and anniversary, and has not been seen on the streets of London for 20 years. Original movie footage, filmed on the Queen’s Coronation Day in 1953, will be used to “recreate the magic” of that occasion.
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The procession, which will travel through the streets of London and finish in front of Buckingham Palace, will be the grand finale of the weekend and will follow the lighting of beacons across the country on Thursday night and a big concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday night. .