Prince Edward is given the role of Ulster Jubilee and William and Kate will head to Wales as the Royal Family are expected to visit the four nations to spread UK unity
- Prince William and Kate will visit Wales over the Bank Holiday long weekend
- Edward and Sophie will go to Northern Ireland and Princess Anne to Scotland
- Charles and Camilla will stay in London, but no role for Harry and Meghan
The Queen will use her platinum jubilee to highlight the unity of the United Kingdom, by sending members of her family to all four nations.
Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Wales over the extended Bank Holiday weekend from June 2-5.
Prince Edward and Sophie will go to Northern Ireland while Princess Anne will visit 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 weekend’s four main events – Trooping the Colour, the Palace Party, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant and a Service of Thanksgiving – will all take place in London.
But Jubilee beacons will be lit at 2,000 locations across the UK and Commonwealth on June 2 and more than 60,000 major Jubilee lunches involving millions of Britons will take place on June 5.
A palace spokesperson said: ‘Members of the Royal Family will attend engagements in each country, including public events marking the occasion.
Further details of the tours will be revealed in the coming weeks.
It comes after the Queen personally decided that only members of the Royal Family who currently perform official public duties on her behalf will be able to join her on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour.
William and Kate, pictured at the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee, will travel to Wales over the Platinum Jubilee weekend
Last week, Buckingham Palace confirmed more details about the Platinum Jubilee weekend from June 2-5.
And they revealed that the Queen has personally decided, after “much consideration”, that only members of the Royal Family who currently carry out official public duties on her behalf will be able to join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour, the first major public event of the celebrations.
She also gave special permission to Cambridge’s three children, 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 participants, as he regularly accompanies his 70-year-old wife on official missions and visits.
Her decision was made clear in light of a feverish public debate over whether Harry, Meghan and Andrew could join her in a show of family unity, that they would not be welcome.
But she extended an invitation to join her in a personal capacity at other events over the long holiday weekend, including a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Platinum Jubilee pageant.
And minutes after her announcement, a spokesperson for the Sussexes in the US released a statement saying they were “excited and honoured” to be in attendance with their two children.
Three-year-old Archie hasn’t seen his British family since he was a baby, while his sister Lili, who will celebrate her first birthday in the UK, has never met any.
There is some concern among royal aides about how Harry and Meghan will be received and how difficult family dynamics will play out in public.
William was, in particular, hurt and angered by his brother’s behavior and his repeated attacks on the royal family.
But there is also a determination to put aside family hostilities to celebrate the Queen’s historic 70 years of unparalleled service to the nation.
“If Her Majesty is happy for this to happen, you can expect everyone to follow her example.
“I also know that the Prince of Wales is particularly delighted to meet his grandchildren,” a source told the Mail.
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