Harry and Meghan will be at the Queen’s birthday parade, but not on the balcony

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be at Queen Elizabeth II’s Trooping the Color birthday parade despite being barred from the palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Britain on Wednesday June 1, with children Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, ready to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

The couple will watch Elizabeth’s birthday parade from the Duke of Wellington’s former office at Horse Guards Parade as members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands on April 17, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II’s official Platinum Jubilee portrait has been released ahead of her Trooping the Color birthday parade which was due to begin celebrations on June 2.
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation and Royal Household/Ranald Mackechnie/PA

Harry and Meghan have been banned from joining his grandmother, Prince Charles, Prince William and other senior royals for the iconic moment because they no longer work in the royal family.

However, unlike Prince Andrew, they will be on display as the country they left behind comes together to celebrate the monarchy.

Thousands of people will fill the streets around the palace as the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division march alongside army musicians and around 240 horses, the official said. palace.

The parade is an annual royal event held in honor of Elizabeth’s official birthday, but this year will be given greater significance as it kicks off Britain’s first-ever Platinum Jubilee .

No British monarch has reached 70 years on the throne before and Elizabeth’s long reign was only made possible after the tragic death of her young, 56-year-old father George VI on February 6, 1952.

Doubt looms over Elizabeth’s own visibility at Platinum Jubilee celebrations after she struggled with episodic mobility issues since twin health scares in October and November 2021.

The 96-year-old will not take part in the Trooping the Color ceremony but will receive a special salute from the palace balcony while Prince Charles portrays her on the ground outside.

Working royals will then gather for a second appearance on the balcony to watch a flyover, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Queen’s other children, minus Prince Andrew, and his cousins.

A statement from the palace read: “On Horse Guards Parade, the Prince of Wales will take the salute and inspect the troops of the Household Division on behalf of Her Majesty, joined by the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal.

“The Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence are expected to travel to Horse Guards Parade in horse-drawn carriages, where they will join other members of the Royal Family to watch the parade from the Major General’s office.

“On the return of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and Guards, the Queen will salute from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, accompanied by the Duke of Kent, Colonel, of the Scots Guards.

“The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will return to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flyby of Royal Air Force planes.”

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