Royals: Queen 'saving up her energy' for Platinum Jubilee events
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The couple are said to be wanted by the Queen on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for this years Trooping the Colour, which reportedly “means a lot” to her. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not attended a Royal Family event together since stepping down from full-time duties in 2020. Her Majesty, who turns 96 on Thursday, is said to want Meghan and Harry to attend the 2022 Trooping the Colour, which celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony but can have no formal role.
If the couple opt to travel to London to join their family in celebrating the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, they will appear at family events.
However, as non-working royals they could not take part in Trooping the Colour or play any central role in various events.
For Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a four day bank holiday weekend is planned.
The Telegraph reported that while the Queen’s increasing frailty means she is unlikely to make many public appearances, it is hoped she will take part in the Trooping procession, either in a carriage or watching from a dail.
Her Majesty is hoped to then appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside her wider family for the traditional flypast on June 2.
The outlet said: “The moment will be particularly poignant as it will likely mark the last big family balcony appearance of her reign.”
Speaking to the outlet, aides concede it would take a leap of faith from both ‘The Firm’ and Sussexes following a bitter fallout over allegations from Meghan and Harry in interviews.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said on Monday that they were not in a position to discuss future travel plans.
It comes after Harry and Meghan met with the Queen in secret before flying to the Netherlands for the opening of the Invictus Games.
Speaking to the BBC, Harry said: “She had plenty of messages for Team UK, which I have already passed on to most of them.
“So, it was great to see her. I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.”
Harry and Markle’s UK visit and presence at the Invictus Games are hoped to help restore the public’s opinion about them across the pond, according to a source.
The source told Page Six: “They need a win.
“They are never going to get a win with some people in England, probably the majority, but their appearance at the Invictus Games may reignite the pocket of support they have among a certain young demographic in the UK.”
It also comes as Buckingham Palace makes contingency plans for Platinum Jubilee events to take place in the absence of the Queen, with younger royals taking her place.
A series of meetings have taken place in April as palace aides seek to plot who will be where and allocate specific roles to different members of the family.
The stairs to the cathedral could pose an issue for Her Majesty, meaning there is ongoing discussion around finding another way to seat the Queen.
Royal biographer Angela Levin told the Daily Mail: “It’s going to be very difficult and I think they will only show her in a few instances, maybe at the service at St Paul’s. That will be very important to her because she is a Christian.
“I don’t think we’ll see her around and about. Maybe she’ll be well enough to sit and watch horses. It won’t be her, everywhere. But if she is there, she will appreciate the fact the public will be wanting to be there and supporting her.
“I imagine that the aides are worried that if the public don’t see her, people may think that if she’s not there it’s not worth us going.
“I’m sure everyone in the Palace hopes that people will turn up to show their respects and say thank you for an extraordinary reign both in length and in breadth.”
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