Not only high-ranking members of the royal family are traveling on behalf of the Queen for the platinum anniversary. Even the littlest royals have a job to do.
The royal family is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee (96) this year. And even the smallest royals will appear to be making an appearance at the celebrations. Ten of the Queen’s 12 great-grandchildren are reported to be riding in a carriage in a pageant at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday 15 May.
The three children of Prince William (39) and Duchess Kate (40) will sit in the carriage, as “The Telegraph” reports, citing the “Sunday Times”. Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (7) and Prince Louis (4) will be accompanied at the gala event by the Queen’s eldest great-grandchildren, Savannah (11) and Isla (10) Phillips, the children of Peter (44) and Autumn (44) Phillips. The children of Zara (40) and Mike (43) Tindall, Mia (8), Lena (3) and Lucas (1) should also be part of the party. As did one-year-old August Brooksbank, son of Princess Eugenie, 32, and Jack Brooksbank, 36, and August’s cousin, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, seven-month-old daughter of Princess Beatrice, 33, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38.
Preparations are already in full swing: a lot goes wrong at the secret photo shoot of Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandchildren. Check out the hilarious behind-the-scenes footage in the video above.
Prince Harry: will he and his family attend the event?
The children reportedly practiced getting in and out of the carriage and how best to pose for photographers during a family reunion at Windsor Castle. Whether the two children of Prince Harry (37) and Duchess Meghan (40), Archie (3) and Lilibet (11 months), will take part in the event has not been confirmed. The event comes two weeks ahead of the big celebrations the Sussexes are expected to attend.
Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (18) will play an important role in the show in mid-May. The Queen’s youngest granddaughter will drive the carriage that once belonged to Prince Philip (1921-2021). The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have inherited her. Her appearance at the Windsor show also honors the Queen’s husband.
Prince Andrew will not be present
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are likely to make at least one more major appearance. The Cambridge children are said to be a “visible” part of the Jubilee celebrations, joining their parents as they stand alongside other key members of the royal family at the Trooping the Color military parade on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 2. According to the royal family, only royals who are currently fulfilling duties on behalf of the Queen are invited.
That would exclude Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. They stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and moved to the United States. Queen’s son Prince Andrew (62), who retired after the Epstein scandal, is therefore not included.
“The Queen is looking forward to the weekend”
It is still unclear which events Harry and Meghan, who announced their participation in the celebrations in early June, will attend. The Queen herself intends to appear on the balcony for Trooping the Colour, attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral and attend the Epsom Derby, sources say. All further performances will probably be announced soon. A spokesman for the royal family said, according to British media: “The Queen is looking forward to the weekend and will be attending the celebrations, but her presence will only be confirmed in a timely manner or even on the day itself.”
The palace previously announced that senior royals would travel on behalf of the Queen over the anniversary weekend. Duchess Kate and Prince William will be in Wales. Princess Anne (71) is visiting Scotland and Prince Edward (58) and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex (57) are visiting Northern Ireland.
In a statement, the palace said, according to People magazine: “During the central weekend, members of the Royal Family will visit countries in the UK to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Members of the Royal Family will attend events in each country, including at public events on this occasion.”
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