Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of opening celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The monarch will be joined on 2 June only by “members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties”, Buckingham Palace said.
Despite not appearing on the balcony, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will travel to the UK for the Jubilee. The Queen, 96, plans to attend some Jubilee events, the palace said. But her attendance won’t be confirmed until nearer the time, or even on the day, after mobility problems led her to cancel a number of appearances in recent months. A spokesperson for the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex said they would be coming to the UK for the Jubilee with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
“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,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told reporters today during a briefing about the jubilee weekend.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that only ‘Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen’ will be on the balcony. It lists them as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, the Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.