Friday, May 6, 2022

Platinum Jubilee update

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 Buckingham Palace has released new details for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including the Trooping the Colour and the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's.

Trooping the Colour will take place on Thursday, June 2.  It has been a tradition that the balcony appearance after the Trooping has included working royals and other family members, but "after careful consideration" the Queen will be joined by members of her family who are working royals.

This will be the first full Trooping the Colour since 2019.

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 The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex,  the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra will join the Queen on the balcony.  

 'In addition, the Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to appear as is Sir Tim Laurence, who the Queen is happy to attend as a frequent attendee and support for the Princess Royal on official engagements," stated a Palace spokesman.

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Shortly after the Palace released the details, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be at flying to London for the Platinum Jubilee, adding they are "excited and honored" to attend the events.  The Duke and Duchess will be accompanied by their two young children,  Archie, who turned 3 years old today, and Lilibet.

The Duke and Duchess and their children will not be on the balcony. The new diktat also applies to the Duke of York, who as the former Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, rode in the process with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal, and his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

This means that Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands will not be in the procession as well.  In 2019,  Beatrice and Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were in the second carriage after the Duchess of Cornwall. the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The exclusion will also apply to Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and their children, the children and grandchildren of the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family will be invited to other events, according to a palace spokesman.  "We've always made that clear and they are likely to be public events."

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 A palace spokesman stated: "The Queen is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on the day itself."

There will be no ceremonial procession to St Paul's Cathedral where the Service of Thanksgiving will take place on Friday, June 3.  The Queen is expected to arrive by a side entrance as she is unable to climb the stairs to the main entrance.    

I will be in London for the Jubilee celebrations.  


Shannon Brimmer said...

Thank you for the update. Have a lot of fun. I wish I could go! I'm jealous!

Keith said...

I hope you have the most wonderful time at the Jubilee celebrations. What a lovely photograph you selected of Princess Alexandra.

Christina O. said...

Marlene, Fantastic! You will be our eyes and ears on the ground. What a memorable time you will have.

Unknown said...

I always love your interesting posts.
Is it possible for you to label your many photos? I sometimes do not recognize the individuals.
Thank you,
Mina Kerr, Chicago, IL

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

All you have to do is click on a Getty photo and it will give you the identification.