With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, the senior members of the Royal Family are gearing up to mark the occasion in the best way they know how – with a royal tour!
The Jubilee officially takes places over the four-day weekend from 2-5 June, so in preparation of the big milestone event, senior royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are following in the footsteps of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip by embarking on royal tours across the UK, just as they did ten years ago for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Kate and Will are set to head to Wales in the coming weeks, while Prince Anne will visit Scotland and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are taking a trip to Northern Ireland. Details of the trips are yet to be revealed but we know we don’t have long to wait until they embark on their jubilee tours of the country – how exciting!
With all the home nations covered, it’s thought that Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles will stay in London and attend the plethora of scheduled events across the long June weekend. The attendance has also been confirmed of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
We don’t know yet how many of the events the Queen herself will be seen at – due to current health and mobility issues, Her Majesty has dropped out of a number of recent appearances, including giving her annual Queen’s Speech at the State opening of Parliament, which was instead given by her son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles.
Elsewhere, a statement by Buckingham Palace confirmed that only ‘Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen’ will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour fly-past and military parade this year. That means neither Prince Harry nor Prince Andrew and their families will stand on the balcony, but will be in attendance at other events across the weekend.