“Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted and honored to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration with their children in June,” a spokesperson for the couple told DailyExpertNews.
hours earlier, DailyExpertNews attended a media briefing at the palace on Friday to hear all the details for the anniversary. The festivities have been eagerly anticipated by royal fans around the world, but we haven’t had a full picture of how they will unfold until now.
Here’s everything we learned about the big day(s).
Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew will not be on the balcony.
Several members of the Royal Family will make their appearance on Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony during the Trooping the Color parade, which kicks off the celebrations on Thursday morning, June 2.
But only royals who perform official duties will be included, a royal spokesperson told DailyExpertNews.
That means Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will not be attending. The couple split from the royal family in 2020 and no longer participate in royal duties.
The Queen will be accompanied by her three other children, Charles, Edward and Anne, the spokesman said. Prince William and Kate are also expected with their children, along with a number of other relatives of the Queen.
This does not mean that Harry, Meghan or Andrew will not be involved in the celebrations at all. The whole family is traditionally invited to church services, such as those in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral on Fridays.
The queen’s presence has not been confirmed.
Her Majesty is “looking forward” to the weekend and plans to participate in the celebrations, but “her attendance will not be confirmed until much closer to the time or on the day itself,” a royal source told DailyExpertNews.
The 96-year-old monarch has struggled with mobility issues in recent weeks and had to miss several public appearances, including Buckingham Palace’s garden parties this month (more on that later…)
She continues to play it safe for the anniversary and has not confirmed whether she will be attending the various festivities.
It may be up to her family to represent her again, as they have done on recent assignments. Not getting a glimpse of the monarch may disappoint some fans in attendance, but it’s become a reality that the age-appropriate queen has slimmed down her schedule.
A party in the palace.
We already knew that a concert was planned outside Buckingham Palace, following the anniversary tradition of hosting some of the major music stars on an impressive stage near the building.
But now we know what that phase will look like — and it will be quite a bit.
The BBC has released an impression of the staging and it has also been announced that 22,000 people will attend. That includes 5,000 tickets reserved for key figures.
Ten years ago, the Queen watched from a royal box and appeared on stage as stars like Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder sang to the monarch.
We don’t know who will be performing this time, but we’ll keep you posted when we hear.
A flypast, a golden carriage ride and a day at the races.
There is much more on the agenda for the four-day weekend. A Royal Air Force fly pass has been confirmed as the royals wave to supporters on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, a fitting highlight for the Trooping the Color ceremony.
On Sundays, streets across the UK will host their own anniversary lunches. The palace said 60,000 people have registered so far.
And back in London, the weekend ends with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday. It will be a return of the Gold State Coach, which has been used at major royal events since its construction in 1762.
The Queen rode the bus during her anniversaries in 1977 and 2002, but this time she won’t be inside – instead, film footage of the monarch during her 1952 coronation will be played in the windows.
And more announcements will follow between now and June 2. Stay tuned to Royal News for full details in the coming weeks.
IN THE ROYAL DIARY
The Queen will not be attending her traditional summer garden parties at Buckingham Palace this year, another series of events the monarch is skipping because she has mobility issues.
Three events will take place in the grounds of the palace on May 11, 18 and 25, with a fourth at the end of June at Holyroodhouse in Scotland, it was announced Thursday. Due to the pandemic, the parties will take place for the first time since 2019.
The 96-year-old queen will be represented at the celebrations by other members of the family, although the palace has not yet confirmed which members of the royal family will be attending.
Elizabeth has been forced to miss a number of events this year, including an Easter service last month.
The garden parties are a big part of the royal calendar, giving the monarch and her family the chance to meet thousands of community leaders and celebrate their work.
But they do require long periods of standing and walking, and these are the kinds of events the Queen has had to skip over the past few months. She also hinted that she was “exhausted” by Covid after contracting the virus in February.
The queen could make it to the state opening of parliament next week, a ceremonial event in which the monarch unveils the government’s legislative agenda.
WHAT MORE HAPPENS?
Netflix drops Meghan’s animated series.
Netflix has dropped the planned “Pearl” animated series by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, PA Media reported. The show was supposed to be produced in partnership with Meghan and Prince Harry’s studio, Archewell Productions, but the streaming giant is said to have dropped it because it cut costs. According to a press release last year, “Pearl” would focus on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who was “inspired by a variety of influential women from history.” Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of this year and lost $50 billion in share value last month after those numbers were released. It has other projects from Harry and Meghan in the pipeline, including a “Heart of Invictus” documentary that follows participants in the sports tournament that Harry founded.
Smiling Charlotte celebrates 7th birthday.
A new image of Princess Charlotte has been released to mark the young royal’s 7th birthday. The photo, which shows a smiling Charlotte relaxing in a field of hyacinths, was taken last weekend by her mother in Norfolk, eastern England, according to the family. Charlotte is the second child of William and Kate and fourth in line to the throne, just after her older brother, George, who turns 9 in July.
William urges action against male suicide.
Prince William said society is “not tackling the problem” of male suicide “as quickly as it needs to,” PA Media reported. While visiting James’ Place, a mental health charity in London, William asked employees how they get the message across to men that “some support is needed.” The prince has long been an advocate for mental health issues. In a 2019 BBC documentary, he said he felt “pain like no other” after his mother, Princess Diana, passed away. “Especially in Britain… we are nervous about our emotions. We are a little embarrassed sometimes,” he added.
How to Get Help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide can also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.
Charles touts defense alliances in the midst of a “shocking” war.
Speaking at a parade of Royal Air Force pilots, Charles said he was “shocked by the images” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, adding that “the return of the war to Europe” “is the importance of alliances has emphasized”.
His comments represent a show of support for the British military and for the heir’s NATO alliance, which has spoken out on several occasions about the fallout from the war.
In his Easter message last month, he said that in recent years he has been “heartbroken by the suffering of the innocent victims of conflict or persecution”.
But he praised Britons who signed up to host Ukrainian refugees, saying: “It is deeply moving to see how many people are willing to open their homes to those in need, and how they have offered their time and resources to help those people. facing such soul-destroying grief and hardship.”
FROM THE ROYAL Vault
The Queen is one of the most photographed women in history. Rarely do we see her smiling, natural and unposed at formal shoots.
When Buckingham Palace commissioned holographer Rob Munday to create the first official holographic portrait of Elizabeth in 2004, he took more than 8,000 photographs. That meeting produced a famous photo of the Queen, featured on banknotes, postage stamps and on the front cover of Time magazine.
But it also featured a more spontaneous recording, which went undetected in his personal records for nearly 19 years.
The image shows a wry smile on the Queen’s face as she responds to a funny comment from her friend and dresser, Angela Kelly, who was rearranging her clothes prior to shooting.
Munday rediscovered it during a lockdown in France and is now showing it to the public for the first time.
“I completely forgot. It’s been on the hard drive for almost 19 years.” Munday told DailyExpertNews’s Robert Iddiols at the unveiling on London’s Park Lane. “But as I flipped through it, right in the middle, there was just this one frame.”
The image was a happy coincidence, the result of test shots taken before the real thing.
“My first thought was that it would be a beautiful image to commemorate the platinum anniversary,” Munday said.
“I just liked it so much because it’s just a very, very natural portrait. I mean, a lot of people have told me they’ve never seen a portrait of the Queen like this.”
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Go long! Prince Charles tested his tight spiral playing an American football this week, during a visit to Dexters Adventure Playground in Brixton, south London.