Queen Elizabeth is going all-out for her 95th Trooping the Colour birthday parade this June after she had to cancel the event in 2020 due to the pandemic and as part of the annual celebration, she wants all of the members of the royal family to be there, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Royal aides confirmed to The Sunday Times that The Queen expects the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at this year's Trooping the Colour since it is "a very special "family occasion." The Queen's actual birthday is in April, but she has a public celebration every summer, and this year's Trooping the Colour will happen on June 12.
Not only will this event mark the Queen's milestone birthday and a reunion with the Sussexes. It will also signify that Her Majesty and Buckingham Palace are "back in business" after canceling or scaling down many major events in 2020.
A spokesperson for the Palace said that, at the moment, the plan is to proceed with the parade as per tradition. However, the Queen's aides are also open to the possibility that things may change as the date draws nearer, depending on the guidelines set by the government. Ultimately, however, it is everyone's wish that the Queen will have her annual birthday parade and that she will be surrounded by her family.
If Harry and Meghan are going to be in London in June, then the Sussex couple will likely be around for Prince Philip's centennial birthday as well. The Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate his 100th year on June 10.
But if Queen Elizabeth is raring to go all out, Prince Philip does not want any fuss for his big year. Sources told The Telegraph that the event planners can't move forward because The Duke of Edinburgh is reluctant to have a celebration.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan would have returned to the United Kingdom from the United States sooner if not for COVID-19. The couple hasn't left the state of California since they arrived in March 2020, at the height of the lockdown.
Sources also said that Meghan was supposed to fly back before her data privacy breach trial at London's High Court this January. But in October, lawyers of the Duchess of Sussex filed a request to move the trial until the fall season for confidential reasons.
Harry and Meghan are still wary of traveling in this pandemic, but they will make exceptions for Queen Elizabeth's birthday and Prince Philip's centennial year. The Duke of Sussex might also have to attend a few more events while he is in town, such as the resumption of the Invictus Games and the unveiling of Princess Diana's special statue in Kensington Palace.