Harry and Meghan get a front row seat: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set for a very public family reunion at Trooping the Colour… and might even appear with Archie and Lilibet
- Harry and Meghan will join the senior royals for today’s Trooping the Color
- They are also expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly a
- They are likely to meet Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Harry and Meghan will join senior royals for the first time in over two years at today’s Trooping the Color.
In what will be an exciting and very public family reunion, they are also expected to bring three-year-old Archie and nearly one-year-old Lilibet.
Lilibet has never been introduced to her royal relatives, while Archie hasn’t been to the UK since he was six months old.
In what will be an exciting and very public family reunion, they are also expected to bring three-year-old Archie and nearly one-year-old Lilibet. In the photo, the family in December 2021.
But there is no invitation for the embarrassed Duke of York, even in a private capacity, which shows how far the queen’s son has fallen from grace.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend and the busiest for the Windsors.
Many had thought that Her Majesty’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the traditional post-parade flight would be the most anticipated moment of the day.
But chances are all eyes, in fact, are on the family reunion 50 yards down the road.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited by the Queen to join family members in viewing the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking Whitehall parade ground.
The room, once used by the Duke of Wellington, straddles the Horse Guards entrance. It is where dignitaries traditionally watch from if they are not involved in the parade proceedings.
The group will not include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge or the Princess Royal.
Her Majesty will remain at Buckingham Palace, where she will be greeted by the cavalry returning from the balcony.
Charles will take the salute when the color of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is enlisted and will inspect the Troops of the Household Division on behalf of the monarch.
He will be joined by his eldest son and his sister, all three on horseback.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend and the busiest for the Windsors. In the image, the ceremony of 2019. Harry and Meghan will observe from the balcony that can be seen with the red material.
Looking out the window: The Sussexes at the 2018 Trooping the Color show
The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and many other royals will travel to Horse Guards Parade from the palace in carriages.
They will then disembark and watch the rest of the event from the Major General’s Office alongside Harry and Meghan, who will arrive by car.
The grand royal party will also include all of the Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses. In addition to the Sussexes, there will be Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack, and Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and their families. Meghan will not have seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously resigned as royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while the prince only saw them briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on last year.
The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, when the atmosphere couldn’t have been more awkward. William and Kate virtually blanked Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.
Fortunately, William, who has been more deeply affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his pain, won’t be forced to greet the couple in public. And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she broke the ice and spoke to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Harry and Meghan are staying with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They had always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their involvement with Trooping is seen as a further olive branch from Her Majesty.