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The prince harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, they will be left out of the photo. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and also Andrew – the Duke of York – will not join other royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the start of the platinum jubilee celebrations. Queen isabel II 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.

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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 due to a sexual abuse lawsuit against him – were invited.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle leave after attending the Endeavor Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

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.

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“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 unexpectedly met Queen Elizabeth last month during an express layover en route to The Hague, but they were not 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.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in a June 15, 2013 image. (Photo by CARL COURT / AFP).
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in a June 15, 2013 image. (Photo by CARL COURT / AFP). / CARL COURT

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.

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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 queen’s health

The concern for the health of the queen, 96, It has 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.  (Eva Zielinska-Millar).
Queen Elizabeth II, in the official photo released for her 96th birthday. (Eva 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 queen’s health has been a cause for concern since doctors ordered her to rest in October and she spent a night hospitalized to undergo “tests” whose nature was not specified.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (Richard Pohle / AFP)
Queen Elizabeth II attends a service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (Richard Pohle / AFP)

Since then, back pain and increasing difficulty standing and walking have forced him to cancel several engagements. In addition, she 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.

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