Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Duchess Meghan, will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th-anniversary celebrations in June. A spokesman for the couple confirms this.
“Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted and honored to take their children to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June,” the statement said. It will be the first time the Queen has met her 11-month-old great-granddaughter Lilibet, named after the monarch’s family nickname.
The celebrations begin on June 2 with the Trooping the Color parade in central London and are expected to last for several days. The Queen’s birthday is also celebrated. As of April 21, Elizabeth II is 96 years old. Recently she has been struggling with health problems, so it is unclear how many events she will attend.
A Palace spokesman said the Queen would be present at several events. “Her Majesty is looking forward to the weekend and attending the celebrations, but her presence will not be confirmed until just before the appointment or even on the day itself,” he said.
Harry and Meghan are absent from the main event.
However, what is clear is that Harry, Meghan, and Prince Andrew, who were involved in an abuse scandal, will not be standing with the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the central “Trooping the Color” parade. According to the palace, the queen has decided that only members of the royal family who are currently performing official duties are allowed to stay there during the parade. These include, for example, Queen’s son Prince Charles or Harry’s brother Prince William.
Harry and Meghan had already surprisingly visited the Queen in April. At that time, they had stopped in Harry’s homeland during the Invictus Games in The Hague. The two had received an invitation to the celebrations in June, but until recently, it was unclear whether they would be traveling to the UK.