Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew Among Royals Missing Trooping The Colour Balcony Appearance

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew Among Royals Missing Trooping The Colour Balcony Appearance

The Duke and Duchess of
Sussex and Prince Andrew will not appear in the traditional
balcony line-up at this year’s Trooping the Colour, with only working
royals taking part.

Although Harry and
Meghan, along with other family members, have been invited to join in the Queen’s
Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the monarch has chosen to appear with a
reduced number of her relatives for the key moment.

A spokesman for Buckingham
Palace said: “After careful consideration, The Queen has decided this year’s
traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2 June will be
limited to Her Majesty and those members of the Royal Family who are currently
undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen.”

The statement ends weeks of
speculation as to who might appear alongside the monarch as she watches the
famous Red Arrows flypast in her Platinum Jubilee year.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not appear on the balcony

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not appear on the balcony

Princess Anne will
appear, along with her husband Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, who is attending
with the Queen’s permission because he is “a frequent attendee and support to
the Princess Royal on official engagements,” said the spokesman.

Her Majesty’s cousins the Duke
of Kent, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra will also take
part.

Prince Andrew will also be missing from the balcony appearance

Prince Andrew will also be missing from the balcony appearance

The wider royal family
traditionally packs the balcony to watch the flypast after the Queen’s official
birthday parade, with appearances from many of her great-grandchildren, such as
Savannah and Isla Phillips. But this year the smaller line-up means there will
be no awkward family moments on public display.

Prince Andrew, who stepped
down from royal duties in 2019 and earlier this year paid millions in an
out-of-court settlement of a civil sexual assault case, will not be seen on the
balcony.

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan,
who have not yet confirmed whether or not they will fly to the UK for the
Queen’s milestone celebrations, will not appear in the line-up, in the wake of
their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they alleged that an
unnamed member of the family made a racist remark about their unborn son
Archie.

But a royal source said: “They
are much-loved members of the family and they would be invited to family
events.”

The Queen will be joined by working members of the royal family

The Queen will be joined by working members of the royal family

So far, it is the only
confirmed balcony appearance for members of the Royal Family over the long
weekend, but the wider family is expected to attend events such as the Service
of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, the Epsom Derby and the
Platinum Party at the Palace on June 4 and at the Big Jubilee Lunch – which
includes a flagship event at The Oval cricket ground – and the Platinum Jubilee
Pageant on June 5.

The Pageant procession will be
led by the Gold State Coach, appearing on the streets of London for the first
time in 20 years, and while the Queen will not be riding in it, archive footage
from her Coronation Day will be shown on the windows to “recreate the magic” of
the historic day.

The Queen herself is not yet
confirmed to be attending any of the events, but she is said to be “planning to
attend” both Trooping the Colour and the Service of Thanksgiving. “Her Majesty
is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations,
but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on
the day itself,” said a Palace spokesman.

Her Majesty will mark her official birthday on June 2

Her Majesty will mark her official birthday on June 2

The Queen has missed Trooping
the Colour just once during her 70-year reign when it was cancelled due to a
national rail strike in 1955. The monarch has been suffering from mobility
problems in recent months and some changes have been made to traditional events
for her comfort.

For the Platinum Jubilee
celebrations, the re-servicing of the Palace has been timed to allow some
special events to take place, but construction work is ongoing in many parts of
the building. Workmen will need to make parts of the East Wing safe for members
of the Royal Family to be able to access the balcony.

 

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