Official decision: Harry and Meghan will stay outside the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON.- Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, will be left out of the photo. The dukes Of Sussex, and also Andrew – the Duke of York – will not join other royals on the balcony of the Buckingham Palace at the start of the celebrations for the queen platinum jubilee next month, Buckingham Palace announced

“After careful consideration, The Queen has decided that the traditional balcony presentation on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family who are currently performing official public duties on behalf of the Queen”, said an official source.

The Royal House source confirmed, however, that harry and meghan -who resigned their royal duties in 2020- and Andrew -the queen’s son who was removed from his official duties by a lawsuit by sexual abuse against you– They were invited.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the sitting volleyball section of the fifth edition of the Invictus Games in The Hague on April 17, 2022.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the sitting volleyball section of the fifth edition of the Invictus Games in The Hague on April 17, 2022.SEM VAN DER WAL – ANP

Shortly after, spokesmen for the couple who currently live in the United States confirmed that Harry and Meghan will travel with their children to the jubilee celebrations, occasion in which the queen will meet the younger of the two, Lilibet, named in honor of Elizabeth II.

“Prince Harry and Meghan are excited and honored to attend the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in June with their children”, said a spokesman. The couple surprise meeting with Queen Elizabeth last month, during an express layover on the way to The Hague, but they weren’t with Archie and Lilibet.

From June 2 to 5, the UK will celebrate four days of great festivities on the occasion of the “platinum jubilee” that marks Elizabeth II’s seven decades on the throne, quite a record for a British monarch.

Queen Elizabeth with her son Andrés, on March 29
Queen Elizabeth with her son Andrés, on March 29RICHARD POHLE – POOL

They will start with the traditional Trooping the Color or “Banner Parade”, which usually commemorates the queen’s birthday annually, although it has not been celebrated since the start of the pandemic (it was canceled in 2021 and 2020).

A total of 18 members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, their son William, his wife Catherine and their three children, will appear on the balcony to watch the grand military parade.

A Buckingham Palace source, quoted by the British news agency PA, did not rule out Harry, Meghan and Andrew taking part in other events as part of the jubilee festivities.

The concern for the health of the queen, 96, increased recently, after he canceled high-profile engagements due to mobility problems. However, the Royal House confirmed that Elizabeth plans to participate in the jubilee celebrations, but it is not known which events she will attend.

The source said: “Her Majesty is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations, but her presence will not be confirmed until much closer to the time or even the day itself.”

Yesterday, in fact, it became known that The monarch will not attend the traditional “garden parties” at Buckingham Palace this spring. In May and June, up to three parties are usually held in Buckingham Gardens and another in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, the first is scheduled for next week.

Queen Elizabeth II, in the official photo released for her 96th birthday
Queen Elizabeth II, in the official photo released for her 96th birthdayEva Zielinska-Millar

One of the most glamorous moments in the royal calendar, these parties have brought together more than 1.45 million guests – recognized for their service to the country or their communities – since Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952. But this year, the queen “will be represented by other members of the British royal family”, a palace spokesman announced.

After celebrating his 96th birthday privately on April 21 at his Sandringham estate, In eastern England, the queen recently returned to Windsor Castle, some 40km west of London, where she has resided since the start of the pandemic.

According to royal tradition dating back to the 18th century, the British sovereign officially celebrates his birthday in June to take advantage of the good weather.

The health of the queen is matter of concern since in October the doctors ordered him to rest and he spent a night hospitalized to undergo “tests” whose nature was not specified.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II attends a service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.Richard Pohle – Pool The Times

Since then, back pain and increasing difficulty standing and walking have forced him to cancel several engagements. Besides, contracted Covid-19 in February, which in her own words left her “very tired and exhausted”.

She was last seen in public on March 29 at Westminster Abbey, in central London, during a mass in honor of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99.

Last week he met privately in Windsor with the Swiss president, whom he received with a smile and without a cane.

AFP and Reuters agencies

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Official decision: Harry and Meghan will stay outside the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II