Exit of the terrible children of the monarchy: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, as well as Prince Andrew, will be deprived of an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the parade that will inaugurate the festivities of the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II.
This decision was made by the 96-year-old sovereign “after careful consideration,” a palace spokesman said on Friday, putting an end to the speculation that spread about the presence or not on the balcony of the exiled couple in California, as well like the queen’s son, a survivor of a sexual assault case.
The traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance on June 2 “will be restricted this year to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family carrying out official public engagements on behalf of the Queen,” the spokesman said.
A total of 18 members of the royal family are expected, including Crown Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, as well as their son William, his wife Kate and their three children.
Although not an active member of the monarchy, the husband of Princess Anne, Elizabeth’s only daughter, will also be present, for the “support” he gives his wife during her engagements, according to Buckingham Palace.
Four days of festivities, eagerly awaited by Britons who benefit from the occasion of an additional public holiday, are planned from June 2 to 5 for the platinum jubilee marking 70 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, without same in the kingdom. .
They will begin with “Trooping the Colour”, the great military parade that officially celebrates the sovereign’s birthday every year.
Prince Harry, 37, lives with Meghan, a 40-year-old former American actress, and their two children in California after his shock decision in 2020 to step away from the monarchy to develop his own philanthropic and business projects.
However, a spokeswoman for the couple said they were “thrilled and honored” to participate in other (unspecified) Platinum Jubilee celebrations with their children.
His son Archie turns 3 on Friday, while his daughter Lilibet, who has never been presented to the Queen in person, turns one on June 4, during the Jubilee celebrations.
Prince Andrew, 62, the queen’s second son, has been deprived of any official role after being tainted by the Epstein scandal. Discreet ever since, he reached an amicable agreement in February with an American who accused him of sexual assault.
However, he made a notable and controversial appearance in March during a religious ceremony honoring his late father, Prince Philip, arm in arm with the queen who was leaning on a cane.
Dean of the world of monarchs in office, Elizabeth II, a widow since last year, celebrated her 96th birthday in privacy on April 21, now largely withdrawn from public life due to mobility problems.
She had marked the anniversary of his accession to the throne just as discreetly, on February 6.
Canceled two years in a row in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the Trooping the Color ceremony, which will be broadcast on television and on the big screen, will see more than a thousand soldiers, hundreds of musicians parading through central London. the army and about 240 horses. Cannon shots are also expected.
In addition to the Salut aux couleurs, a great concert and a historical reconstruction of the 70-year reign of a queen who unperturbed, went through times and crises, with thousands of popular lunches, is also planned.
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