Prince Edward gets a role in Ulster Jubilee, and William and Kate will head to Wales as royal members are due to visit all four nations to expand the unity of the United Kingdom
- Prince William and Kate will visit Wales during the extended holiday weekend
- Edward and Sophie will go to Northern Ireland and Princess Anne to Scotland
- Charles and Camilla stay in London, but there is no role for Harry and Meghan
The Queen will use her platinum jubilee to highlight the unity of the United Kingdom, sending members of her family to all four nations.
Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Wales during the extended weekend for the holidays from 2 to 5 June.
Prince Edward and Sophie will go to Northern Ireland while Princess Anne goes to Scotland.
Prince Charles and Camilla will stay in London with the Queen.
There will be no roles for Prince Harry and Meghan and Prince Andrew.
The four main events of the weekend – Trooping the Color, Party at the Palace, Platinum Jubilee Pageant and Thanksgiving – will all be in London.
But the jubilee lights will be lit at 2,000 locations across the UK and the Commonwealth on 2 June, and more than 60,000 large jubilee lunches involving millions of Britons will be held on 5 June.
A spokesman for the palace said: “Members of the royal family will attend engagements in each nation, including public events marking the occasion.”
Further details of the visit will be revealed in the coming weeks.
This comes after the Queen personally decided that only members of the royal family who are currently performing official public duties on her behalf will join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
William and Kate, pictured at London’s Emergency Disaster Committee headquarters, will visit Wales over the weekend on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee
Last week, Buckingham Palace confirmed additional details about the platinum jubilee weekend from June 2nd to 5th.
And they revealed that the Queen personally decided, after ‘careful consideration’, that only members of the royal family currently performing official public duties on her behalf would be allowed to join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Color, the first major public celebration event. .
She also gave special permission to attend the three children of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, as well as Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, son and daughter of Edward and Sophie.
Princess Anne’s husband, Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, will also be among the 18 present as he regularly accompanies his 70-year-old wife on official duties and tours.
Her decision is clear in light of the heated public debate over whether Harry, Meghan and Andrew can join her in the play of family unity, that they will not be welcome.
But she extended an invitation to join her in person at other events over the extended weekend, including the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Platinum Jubilee Choice.
And minutes after its announcement, a Sussexes spokesman in the US rushed with a statement saying they were ‘excited and honored’ to have attended with their two children.
Three-year-old Archie has not seen his British family since he was a baby, while his sister Lily, who will be celebrating her first birthday while in the UK, has never met any of them.
There is some concern among royal associates about how Harry and Meghan will be received and how the dynamics of family difficulties will play out in public.
William was especially hurt and angry at his brother’s behavior and his repeated attacks on the royal family.
But there is also a determination to put family hostilities aside to celebrate the Queen’s historic 70 years of unparalleled service to the nation.
‘If Her Majesty is happy that this has happened, you can expect everyone to follow her example.
‘I also know that the Prince of Wales is particularly excited to have met his grandchildren,’ a source told the Mail.