The frail Queen will not be allowed to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the anniversary, an insider has warned

Royal aides are reportedly hastily developing a “Plan B” as the monarch prepares to celebrate 70 years on the throne amid fears her mobility issues could prevent a traditional balcony appearance

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The cast prepare for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Queen’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark the end of her Platinum Jubilee is “by no means guaranteed,” an insider warned.

Her Majesty, 96, has had a number of health issues in recent months that have limited her mobility, including a battle with Covid in February.

She has appeared on the famous balcony overlooking The Mall in every previous jubilee year of her reign and it was hoped she would celebrate 70 years on the throne in the same way – but doubts are now swirling as to how practical that might be.

“It could still happen, but it’s by no means guaranteed that we’ll see the Queen on the balcony during the anniversary,” a source said post on Sunday.

The royal family’s balcony appearance is a traditional part of celebrations


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Royal aides are now reportedly hastily hatching a “Plan B” for the anniversary celebrations.

Now the question arises whether the balcony moment should even take place if the Queen cannot be there.

Other notable absences from the usual crowd of royals will likely include Prince Andrew, as he has retired, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following their move to California.

Harry has hinted he could return to the UK for the anniversary and also give his grandmother a chance to meet Archie and Lilibet, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Prince Harry has hinted he could travel to the UK for his grandmother’s anniversary


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In March, royal analyst Jonathan Sacerdoti told the Mirror: “There is little doubt about that [the Queen] is really looking forward to her platinum jubilee. Like most of us, I’m sure she can’t wait.

“While it certainly won’t fix the issues she’s had over the past year, she will also know that no time is perfect – the Queen is a very pragmatic person.

“I think the most important thing is that she is healthy and able to enjoy her celebrations with her family.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been less than three months and she will be determined to make the most of it.

The Queen during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012


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“One of the real perks of the royal family is that they bring light to us even in the darkest of moments. With the pandemic and ongoing conflict in Ukraine, this is one of the most difficult times in living memory.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate their wonderful ministry and bring the world together.”

This week, the details of the much-anticipated celebrations were finally revealed to the public.

The weekend’s bank holiday celebrations kick off on 2 June with the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

There will be a Thanksgiving service on June 3rd and a Platinum Party will be held at the Palace on Saturday.

Crowds packed The Mall in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee


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On Sunday there is the Big Jubilee Lunch as well as the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a four-act celebration of the Queen’s reign told in 12 chapters.

Brits were delighted when it was announced that pubs across England and Wales will stay open until 1am every night from Thursday 2 June to Saturday 4 June to celebrate the historic event.

The changed hours will only apply to venues that have already received permission to serve alcohol until 11pm.

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