Meghan and Harry WILL appear on the balcony for Trooping the Color – but not with the Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will watch the parade from a balcony above Horse Guards Parade before returning to Windsor, while other family members can join the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traveled to the UK yesterday

The four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin today and the Queen has urged Britons across the country to join in the holiday fun.

As people prepare for millions of street parties and a host of other events, the 96-year-old thanked the nation for being “inspired” to see through the good times and bad of her 70-year reign.

And she explained, “I know that these festive occasions will create many fond memories.”

The celebrations kick off in style today with Trooping the Color for her official birthday.

And in the spirit of togetherness she hopes to foster, Prince Harry and Meghan will be present at the ceremony as they take a break from their self-imposed exile in the United States.

An aerial view showing Horse Guards Parade, The Mall and Buckingham Palace

Although they will be over half a mile from the main balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The couple will face fellow royals for the first time in two years, including the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall, as they gather on the Horse Guards Parade balcony.

The couple flew in yesterday with their children Archie, three, and 11-month-old Lilibet from California, where they are moving after giving up royal life.

Trooping the Color, with 1,500 soldiers and 350 horses, returns to London for the first time since the pandemic.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traveled to the anniversary from the United States


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Rod Stewart at Buckingham Palace for a pre-Platinum Jubilee sound check

Prince Andrew will not attend the event after making a £12million payout over sex scandal claims, but he can attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral with other family members tomorrow.

Harry and Meghan will not be on the palace balcony for an RAF flyby later today after the Queen said only working members of her family would be attending. Instead, they will return to their home in Windsor.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne will join the Queen at the palace as the admiring crowd below pays tribute to their seven decades of loyal service. Buckingham Palace last night released a new portrait of the Queen to mark the anniversary. Taken by royal photographer Ranald Mackechnie on May 25 in the Victoria Vestibule of Windsor Castle, it shows her resting her hands on her lap.

Mr Mackechnie said it was “an honor and a privilege” to photograph her for the occasion.

Her Majesty paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers who worked tirelessly to prepare for this historic occasion.

It culminates in a big concert outside the Palace on Saturday and a parade through the streets of London on Sunday. Cast members include Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John, Ella Eyre, Diana Ross and Brian May.

Sir Rod was spotted at the gates of the palace yesterday as he prepared for a sound check at the venue. And Sir Elton was pictured arriving at Leipzig Airport in a wheelchair.

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey also attended the soundcheck as he belted out tunes from his set.

Ella Eyre rehearses with dancers on a stage outside Buckingham Palace


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Supermarkets gear up for a Platinum Jubilee bonanza while revelers stock up on booze, burgers and crackers for the street festivals.

Tesco expects to flog six million bottles of beer and six million bottles of wine at those toasting the Queen’s record-breaking reign.

And probably 150,000 of the store’s one-liter bottles of Pimm’s, four million bottles of gin and 150,000 bottles of champagne are also drunk. Supermarket bosses expect that 1.3 million packs of sausages, 600,000 packs of burgers, almost a million packs of grilled meat and 1.7 million packs of rolls and baguettes will fly off the shelves.

Waitrose said demand for Dubonnet – the Queen’s favorite drink – was up 50% year-on-year, while online searches for anniversary cakes rose 165% in a week.

And more than half a billion pounds has been spent on banners and flags to line the streets for anniversary parties.

The four-day £6.37 billion spending spree for the economy will give shops a £2.25 billion boost, figures from have shown.

Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at market analysts Kantar, said: “We should never underestimate the appetite for a party, especially a royal one.”

Emily Allen, Tesco BBQ meat buyer, added: “Since the start of the week, shopping habits have changed as many people stock up on groceries outdoors and prepare for the celebrations.”

The Queen has thanked the nation for “inspiring” her to keep going


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The Queen will be leading a festival of lights from Windsor tonight that will shine across the country and around the world as Commonwealth cities, towns and nations light commemorative bonfires. Prince William will light up a tree installation in front of the palace.

The ceremony commemorates Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Charles and Camilla will appear in an EastEnders cameo guest special tonight as Albert Square celebrates the anniversary. Tomorrow the Archbishop of York will lead the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of several members of the royal family.

Prince Charles and Prince William will pay their own heartfelt tributes to the Queen


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On Saturday, Princess Anne will represent the Queen at the Epsom Derby, while Prince William and Kate travel to Wales to celebrate with locals before giving a special performance at Cardiff Castle.

Sunday’s “unique” folk competition will feature 6,000 performers and “national treasures” spanning seven decades on open-top buses. Thousands also attend the official Big Jubilee Lunch.

Charles and Camilla will visit the country’s largest cricket ground at the Oval Cricket Ground in south London, while Prince Edward and Sophie will join one on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle.

Princess Eugenie visited the Queen’s Jubilee Emblem exhibition at the V&A Museum in London yesterday.

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