No Harry, Meghan or Andrew on Queen’s jubilee balcony

Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew, her grandson Harry and his spouse Meghan won’t be a part of her on the Buckingham Palace balcony for this yr’s Trooping the Shade, royal officers mentioned on Friday. As an alternative, the 96-year-old monarch has determined to restrict numbers to working royals just for the normal set-piece look after the army parade for her official birthday celebrations.

“Solely these members of the royal household who’re at the moment endeavor official public duties on behalf of the queen” will be a part of her on June 2, a spokesman mentioned. The choice was taken “after cautious consideration”, he added. Hypothesis had mounted that each one three may very well be on the occasion, which kicks off 4 days of celebrations for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee, together with tea events, a pop live performance and folks’s parade via central London.

Andrew, 62, in March made his first public look since settling a US civil declare for sexual assault, and after public outrage at his friendship with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein. The previous Royal Navy helicopter pilot offered his mom, who has been in ailing well being and had issue strolling and standing, with a steadying arm at a memorial service that month for her late husband, Prince Philip.

His outstanding position on the televised Westminster Abbey occasion was seen as an indication that his mom believed he nonetheless has a component to play at household events. However his look brought about controversy-and dominated protection of the memorial service-and Friday’s announcement could also be seen as an indication the palace doesn’t need a repeat. Andrew, formally generally known as the Duke of York, has strenuously denied the assault claims and stays stripped of his honorary army titles and charities, giving him no official royal position.

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Hypothesis that Harry would return from his self-imposed exile in California has additionally elevated after he visited his grandmother at her Windsor Citadel house final month. The 37-year-old former British Military captain is the second son of her eldest son and inheritor Prince Charles, 73, and his first spouse, Princess Diana, who died in a Paris automobile crash in 1997.

He stop royal life and moved to the US along with his spouse Meghan, 40, the place each have publicly complained about life in Britain’s most well-known household, and even accused them of racism. The couple, who nonetheless use their titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at the moment are concerned in charitable and philanthropic work, and have signed profitable media offers. Denying them a spot on the balcony will doubtless be seen because the queen refusing to just accept a “half-in, half-out” strategy to royal duties.

There was no instant phrase on whether or not all three can be concerned within the different public occasions to mark the queen’s record-breaking 70 years on the throne. However a spokeswoman for Harry and Meghan indicated they’d be within the UK with their kids Archie, who turned three on Friday, and Lilibet, who was born on June 4 final yr and has but to satisfy her great-grandmother. The couple had been “excited and honored to attend the queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their kids”, she added.

The choice means the queen will probably be joined by Charles, his second spouse Camilla and 15 different senior royals on the balcony for the top of the army pageant and ceremonial fly-past. Harry’s older brother Prince William and his spouse Kate will probably be there, with their younger kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, will probably be accompanied by his spouse, Sophie, and their kids Louise and James.

Her solely daughter, Princess Anne, may also be on the balcony. The queen has allowed her second husband, Tim Laurence, although he’s not a working royal. The palace spokesman mentioned the queen acknowledged him as a “frequent attendee and help for the Princess Royal (Anne) on official engagements”. The Trooping the Shade is believed to have first been carried out greater than 250 years in the past in the course of the reign of King Charles II and marked the official birthday of the British sovereign. – AFP

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