The balcony line-up has been drastically slimmed down this year (Picture: Getty)
One of the first official events of the weekend will be the annual Trooping the Colour parade – otherwise known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour marks the monarch’s official birthday in June, though her actual birthday is on April 21.
For Trooping the Colour each year, the royals come out in force on the balcony of Buckingham Palace – something which delights fans, with some camping out for the last few days to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty and her entourage.
However, this year, the iconic balcony is going to have a bit more room as many royal family members – including Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Prince Andrew – won’t be there.
Here is why those key royals are missing.
Why are Harry and Meghan missing from the balcony?
Despite the past few years of tensions, Oprah interviews and expatriation to California, Meghan and Harry’s reason for being booted from the balcony is pragmatic, and not personal – Her Majesty the Queen decided to limit the line up to working royals only.
Harry and Meghan last appeared at Trooping the Colour in 2019 (Picture: Getty)
A Palace spokesman said: ‘After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour 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.’
Dissuading the notion that this was a snub to the couple who haven’t both been reunited with the family since 2019, the palace announced that Harry and Meghan will watch the salute to the Queen from a prime vantage point with other members of the family from the Duke of Wellington’s former office, overlooking Horse Guards Parade.
Harry and Meghan are also expected to join the Queen at a thanksgiving service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.
Where is Prince Andrew?
Prince Andrew will also be missing from the balcony for the same reason – it’s working royals only.
Andrew, along with his children Eugenie and Beatrice, are amongst the other royals disinvited from the balcony this year (Picture: Getty)
However, it’s not yet known if, like Harry and Meghan, Andrew will be welcome with other royals at the Duke of Wellington’s former office.
Andrew, the Duke of York, stepped back from public duties after his connections to Jeffrey Epstein and allegations he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre three times when she was 17.
Andrew settled the lawsuit with an undisclosed sum – but it’s important to note that agreeing to settle a case does not amount to an admission of guilt.
Which royals will appear on the balcony?
Joining the Queen on the balcony this year will be:
Prince CharlesCamilla, the Duchess of CornwallPrince WilliamKate MiddletonPrince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis* Princess AnnePrince Edward, the Earl of WessexSophie, the Countess of WessexLady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn* Prince Richard and Birgitte, the Duke and Duchess of GloucesterPrince Edward, the Duke of KentPrincess Alexandra of Kent
*(Not technically working royals due to their young ages)
The only exception to the rule of working royals only will be Anne, the Princess Royal’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
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