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The annual Trooping the Color ceremony is usually a rare moment when the Queen is publicly surrounded by her extended family as they all pack onto the Buckingham Palace balcony. But this year—as a special Trooping opens the Platinum Jubilee celebrations—the Queen has made a decision to feature a more slimmed down version of the royal family excluding Prince Harry and Meghan and Prince Andrew.
“After careful consideration, The Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd 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,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told reporters today during a briefing about the jubilee weekend. The working royals are: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra. In addition, Cambridge children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis and the Wessex children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn will also join their parents, and Princess Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence will join his wife. “The Queen is happy [for him] to attend as a frequent attendee and support to the Princess Royal on official engagements,” a royal source said of Tim Laurence’s appearance.
The decision, announced with one month to go until the Platinum Jubilee events, means that controversy over a potential appearance from Prince Andrew on the balcony will be avoided, although it is thought he could still appear at other family events throughout the weekend. However, it also means that Prince Harry and Meghan will not be seen on the balcony alongside the royal family as the jubilee celebrations commence, a moment many had hoped might take place as a sign of reconciliation.
Up until today, the Sussexes’ attendance at the Platinum Jubilee events remained uncertain, with Prince Harry saying in a recent interview, “I don’t know yet,” when asked by NBC whether or not he would travel to the UK and attend events . The Prince is taking legal action against the Home Office after it was decided that he and his family will not receive automatic police protection in the UK, with a legal representative saying he “does not feel safe” with the current security arrangements. However, hopes were raised that he may still return for the jubilee after it emerged that he and Meghan had stopped off to see the Queen and Prince Charles in Windsor ahead of the Invictus Games last month. This afternoon, a spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed Harry and Meghan would be in attendance at the Queen’s platinum jubilee with a statement that reads: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honored to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children.”
A Buckingham Palace source said today that the 96-year-old Queen was “looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations,” but added that her attendance at events throughout the jubilee weekend would not be confirmed until much closer to the time or even on the day itself. She plans to attend Trooping the Colour, the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and it is thought that she is also very keen to be at the Epsom Derby on Saturday. Modifications have been made to allow her to be as comfortable as possible at events, including the fact that there will be no ceremonial procession to the Cathedral and the Queen will enter via a different entrance to usual.
Members of the royal family are expected to attend the different events, and it is believed that there will be a final balcony appearance after the pageant on Sunday, June 5, which could feature additional family members to Trooping the Colour.
Also announced today was the fact that the Gold State Coach will play a prominent role in the pageant on Sunday, June 5, the final event of the four-day weekend. The elaborate 260-year-old coach transported the Queen to her Coronation in June 1953 and has not been used since the Golden Jubilee in 2002. “On this occasion the Gold State Coach will play a very particular role in the Pageant, not transporting Her Majesty The Queen but showingcasing in the coach windows, original film footage recorded on Coronation Day, evoking the image of The young Queen on that day,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Key events through the four-day weekend are as follows:
Thursday, June 2nd
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): More than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians will take part in a traditional parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. This is usually held on a Saturday in June but has been moved to a Thursday in the Platinum Jubilee year. It will culminate with the royal family watching an RAF flyover from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and in the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries.
Friday, June 3rd
service of thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday, June 4th
The Derby at Epsom Downs: The Queen and members of the royal family will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs racecourse.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a live concert from Buckingham Palace. The royal household said it will “bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.”
Sunday, June 5th
The Big Jubilee Lunch: People are invited to get together with friends and neighbors for food and drink.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring more than 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It is expected to combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.
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