Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne can take the royal salute in place of the Queen as the monarch continues to struggle with mobility issues
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Plans are being made for members of the royal family to stand in for the Queen in parts of Trooping the Color for the first time in 70 years.
It’s believed that Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne could take the royal salute instead as the monarch continues to struggle with mobility issues.
It is still hoped that the 96-year-old Queen will still be able to attend part of the iconic ceremony at Horse Guards Parade on June 2.
Historically, the Queen has always been present during the military ceremony marking her official birthday, either on horseback or, in recent years, seated on a dais.
The show of military pageantry usually lasts for several hours, including a parade down the Mall with the Household Cavalry and ending with a spectacular military flyby.
This year, the spectacle also kicks off the long weekend of platinum anniversary celebrations.
The Queen could reportedly travel in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to inspect the troops and then retire, leaving Charles, William and Anne in the parade on horseback.
She would then reappear on the palace balcony for flypast time with other members of the royal family.
However, their appearance could even be limited to the balcony, reports the Sunday Times.
It has previously been announced that the Queen’s presence at the Jubilee celebrations will only be confirmed on the day of the event.
Those joining her on the balcony will be limited to royals currently on official duties, meaning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children will not be attending the iconic photo opportunity.
Prince Andrew will not appear on the balcony either.
The Duke of York was stripped of his military titles and in January agreed to stop using HRH because he was involved in a civil sexual abuse case involving a victim of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
His attorneys settled the case with a multi-million dollar settlement with his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, though he denied any wrongdoing.
Five spectators were injured during a rehearsal for this year’s event.
Two were taken to hospital and three were treated at the scene after two sections of the grandstand gave way.
The rehearsal was canceled and the site evacuated following Saturday’s incident.
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