Kate Middleton given 'royal family order' by Queen says expert
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The Queen will have spent 70 years on the throne next year, and the landmark event will be marked by a four-day bank holiday. Her Majesty is understood to have invited Meghan and Harry to take part in the pomp and pageantry, despite the couple’s decision to quit as senior members of the Royal Family and publicly speak out against the Firm.
A focal point of the celebrations will be Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday parade that has had to be scaled back for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers have included the event within the Jubilee celebrations and will be marked with the usual RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
In the past, Meghan and Harry have been among the royals stood on the balcony to watch the planes soar through the air.
But as the couple has stepped down as senior royals, it is not known whether they will be invited to stand alongside other members of the Firm.
As a result, Express.co.uk is asking if you think the pair should be invited to stand on the balcony – or be banned from standing alongside the Queen.
The list of attendees on the balcony have varied in recent years, as there is no official list of who is invited to stand and watch the flypast.
For the 2019 Trooping the Colour, the invite list was not limited to just senior royals.
Lesser-known royals stood on the balcony included Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and their children and Lord Nicholas Windsor.
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But for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the Queen was flanked by just a handful of senior royals.
This included Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the then single Prince Harry.
Prince Philip was unable to attend because he was ill.
If just senior royals are invited to stand on the balcony, Meghan and Harry are unlikely to make the cut.
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An insider told the Mail: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited and I’m sure the Queen is very much looking forward to seeing them there.
“The balcony moment will be decided much nearer the time but there’s a limit to how many family members should be on it, and I would have thought that working Royals who contribute to the family would be higher on the list than the Sussexes.”
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated over a four-day bank holiday weekend next year, taking place from June 2-5.
A series of events have been organised, including a star-studded concert called Platinum Party at the Palace has also been organised, as well as a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The celebrations will mark the first time any British monarch has reached 70 years on the throne.
The Queen is already the longest-reigning monarch, gaining that title in 2015.
She acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 when she was 25 years old.
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