Queen Elizabeth has yet to meet her youngest great grandchild and namesake — Lilibet Diana, who turns 1 years old on June 4. But that’s about to change!
According to CNN, Harry and Meghan confirmed their attendance at the Queen’s jubilee weekend, which takes place from June 2 to June 5. This will be the first time that the royal couple visits the UK with both Lilibet and three-year-old Archie.
Lilibet’s birthday will make the jubilee weekend all the more special. For those who don’t know, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a celebration of the monarch’s 70 years of service. Queen Elizabeth is the first British Monarch to celebrate such an event.
Harry and Meghan were not invited onto the Buckingham palace balcony.
As is custom, the royal family will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Trooping the Colour parade — a ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army to mark the Queen’s official birthday — which will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 5 a.m. EST.
However, a royal correspondent told CNN that Prince Harry and Meghan were not invited onto the balcony. The Queen decided that only royals carrying out official duties will appear. This decision also excludes Prince Andrew, who is no longer performing civil duties following his civil sexual assault lawsuit.
In effect, we will likely see the other most prominent members of the royal family — Prince William and Kate Middleton and their children George, Charlotte, and Louis — on the balcony. But we will not see Harry, Meghan, Archie, or Lilibet.
Harry and Meghan may prefer to keep their children out of the limelight.
While the Queen’s decision to not invite Harry and Meghan onto the balcony may have ruffled some feathers, Harry and Meghan might not be that upset. The royal duo have kept things private and rarely share photos of their children.
At the very least, we’re happy the royals will share a heartwarming reunion this June. Finally, the two Lilibets will get a chance to bond!