Updated on 05/10/2022 at 18:31
- The preparations for the big anniversary celebration for Queen Elizabeth II are in full swing.
- Even the smallest royals will play a bigger role.
The royal family is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee this year, and even the littlest 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, May 15.
Prince William and Duchess Kate’s three children will be in the carriage, according to The Telegraph, citing the Sunday Times. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be joined at the gala event by the Queen’s eldest great-grandchildren, Savannah and Isla Phillips, the children of Peter and Autumn Phillips.
Zara and Mike Tindall’s children – Mia, Lena and Lucas – should also be part of the party. As did one-year-old August Brooksbank, son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and August’s cousin, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, seven-month-old daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Children are already practicing their performance
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 Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s two children, Archie and Lilibet, will attend the event has not been confirmed. The event comes two weeks ahead of the big celebrations the Sussexes are expected to attend.
However, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor 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. The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have inherited her. Her appearance at the Windsor show also honors the Queen’s husband.
Cambridge kids play big role
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, who withdrew after the Epstein scandal, is therefore not included.
What tasks do Harry and Meghan take on?
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 Color, attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral and attend the Epsom Derby, it has been said. 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 visits Scotland and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, pay a visit to Northern Ireland.
In a statement, the palace said, according to People magazine: “Over the course of 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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