Harry And Meghan Will Be At The Queen's Jubilee — But There's A Catch
They've been excluded from one major tradition.
To celebrate her 70 years on the English throne, Queen Elizabeth is being honored with a weekend celebration in London. On May 6, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed they’ll be attending the Platinum Jubilee in June with their 3-year-old son, Archie Harrison, and their 11-month-old daughter Lilibet Diana; however, there’s one event where the family of four won’t be accompanying the Queen.
According to People, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace explained that only working members of the Royal Family are invited to join the Queen on Buckingham Palace’s balcony during the Trooping the Colour military parade on June 2. Because Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals in February 2021, the couple and their children won’t be appearing alongside the Queen on the balcony.
People reported Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince William, and Kate Middleton will be at the ceremony. Prince Andrew, who is no longer a working family member, will reportedly not be on the balcony.
While Harry, Meghan, and their children won’t make a public appearance during Trooping the Colour, it’s possible they may attend a number of other Platinum Jubilee events, which run from June 2 through June 5.
According to Platinum Jubilee itinerary, the royal family will host A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen on June 3. On June 4, the Queen and her family will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs, which is a horse race. The family will also have a Big Jubilee Lunch, as well as a Platinum Jubilee Pageant, on June 5.
Business Insider reports the London trip is the first time Lilibet, who was born on June 2, 2021, will meets the Queen. According to People, shortly after her arrival, Harry and Meghan reportedly introduced their daughter to Queen Elizabeth through a video call.
Harry and Meghan’s upcoming visit to London will also come just weeks after the couple reportedly met the Queen during a trip to Europe for the Netherlands’ Invictus Games in April.
While the couple won’t be with the rest of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony, it sounds like they'll have plenty of other opportunities to be with their relatives throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend.