Harry and Meghan's Most Likely Jubilee Events as Couple Pledge U.K. Visit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee but will not be on the Buckingham Palace balcony, raising a question over what part they will play in the celebrations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will bring Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor to Britain to share the historic moment as the United Kingdom marks Elizabeth's 70 years on the throne. It is the country's first-ever Platinum Jubilee as the queen is the country's longest-serving monarch and the third-longest reigning in recorded human history.

A spokesperson for the couple said in a statement released to Newsweek: "Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honoured to attend The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children."

However, it is still not clear which of the many events Harry, Meghan and their children will attend.

Queen, William, Harry, Kate on Palace Balcony
Above, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 5, 2012. It was one of two balcony appearances at the Diamond Jubilee that year. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II's Service of Thanksgiving

The great and good of British society will join the royals at St Paul's Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving for the queen's 70-year reign at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.

The event is a likely candidate for Harry and Meghan's attendance as it is not restricted to royal family members and so their status as non-working royals will be less conspicuous.

However, it may be a little long for daughter Lili, who will be just a day short of her first birthday, so the couple's children may be less likely to make an appearance.

Trooping the Colour

The first and most high-profile event in the jubilee is Trooping the Colour, the queen's official birthday parade.

The palace has already said Harry and Meghan will not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony, a key symbolic moment in the annual event. However, nothing has been said publicly about whether the couple will take part in a carriage procession down the Mall in London beforehand.

The palace announcement was specifically about the balcony: "After careful consideration, The Queen has decided this year's traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd June will be limited to Her Majesty and those Members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of The Queen."

Newsweek reached out to the palace for comment on whether the ruling applied to the entire event.

Harry and Meghan at Trooping
Above, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019, in London. They will not be allowed on the balcony for the queen's birthday parade during the jubilee weekend since they are not working royals. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The Epsom Derby

Elizabeth is a famous lover of horse racing and a royal trip to the derby at Epsom Downs is on the schedule. As with all the jubilee events, her attendance in person will be subject to her health, with many of her planned visits canceled since a health scare in October.

The races are another occasion that is not only for working royals and therefore open to Harry and Meghan should they want to attend.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Jubilee weekend will end in spectacular fashion on Sunday, June 5 with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, when the same Gold State Carriage Elizabeth rode in at her Coronation will form part of a parade featuring 10,000 people.

There will be 6,000 volunteers, 1,800 armed forces personnel and 2,500 members of the public on the Mall in the Queen's honor.

A palace press release about the event reads: "Evoking the Coronation at the very start of the Platinum Pageant, the Bells of Westminster Abbey will chime, as they did on Coronation Day. As they do so, The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry will lead The Gold State Coach along a crowd-thronged pageant route back to Buckingham Palace.

"The Gold State Coach is used to transport the Monarch on the occasion of their Coronation and Jubilees, and it has not been seen in on the streets of London for twenty years."

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Little has so far been said about what role the royals themselves will play on the day or whether there will be an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony by Elizabeth.

At the Diamond Jubilee, when Elizabeth marked 60 years of her reign in 2012, there were two Buckingham Palace balcony appearances, including one after the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral.

If a second does take place this time around, the pageant could also be a logical moment for it. However, even if one does take place it is still not clear why Harry and Meghan would be invited after not being included in the first.

The queen, who has been experiencing mobility issues aged 96, may also decide one balcony moment is enough.

Other Events

Harry and Meghan may also look at a number of other events including The Big Jubilee Lunch, though it is less clear in what capacity. Around the country, more than 60,000 will be hosting parties or lunches to celebrate the monarch's reign.

If one of the couple's charities is running a Big Jubilee Lunch event, they may choose to make an appearance in support of a cause that is important to them.