The Queen is said to be looking forward to meeting and spending time with her great-grandchildren next week when the royal family gathers at Windsor Castle to celebrate her platinum anniversary
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The Queen will welcome Harry and Meghan to Windsor Castle next week when the entire royal family gathers to celebrate their platinum anniversary.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be staying at their home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage, along with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months.
sources said the Daily Mail The 96-year-old monarch is “looking forward” to seeing her great-grandchildren and is likely to spend time with them privately next Saturday as Lilibet celebrates her first birthday.
Before that, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, will attend the national Thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.
The pair are likely to attend at least one other public engagement over the bank holiday weekend, but sources have warned the public “won’t expect them at every event,” with decisions about attending likely to be confirmed on the day.
There have been suggestions the couple could be in the VIP area to watch Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guard’s Parade on Thursday. However, only working royals have the privilege of appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during services.
It’s likely the Sussexes will also be spending time privately with other members of the royal family – including Prince Charles – who has yet to meet his granddaughter Lilibet.
It will also be the first time the Prince of Wales has seen grandson Archie since childhood.
It remains unclear at this point if the four will be spending alone time with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four.
It was widely believed that William was hit hardest by his brother’s decision to “step down as ‘senior’ members of the royal family” in January 2020.
Since then, Meghan has barely seen any of the royals, while Harry has only briefly seen his grandmother, father and brother.
Meanwhile, it’s not yet known if Harry and Meghan will be joined by a Netflix camera crew or personal photographers to document their journey.
A spokesman for the couple simply said: “The Duke and Duchess are excited and honored to be attending the anniversary celebrations.”
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said it would be interesting to see public sentiment towards the couple should they make any public appearances.
He explained: “Maybe it’s the only chance to get a look at both of them [Harry and Meghan]…we can expect huge crowds…thousands and thousands of people you would describe as royalists who love the pomp and ceremony.
“The reality is… Harry and Meghan are very divisive characters… It will be fascinating to see the public’s reaction and mood [towards them].”
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