Queen for first time in 70 years without military parade salute as she delegates responsibility to senior royal
- The Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will salute
- The ceremony usually sees Her Majesty’s personal troops in a cavalry guard parade
- Appears as the 96-year-old monarch experiences “occasional mobility problems” – despite her recent three public appearances in high spirits
The Queen will not receive a royal salute at next month’s military parade for the first time in 70 years, as she continues to delegate responsibility to senior members of the company.
June 2 is Her Majesty’s birthday, and historically there have been parades of the Queen’s personal troops, the Household Guards, where the Queen is personally present and salutes.
Instead, this year The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal will take part in the parade as Colonels of the Welsh Guard, Irish Guard and Blues and Royals.
according to sunday timesHer Majesty still wants to attend some of the ceremonies that will kick off a four-day celebration to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen will not receive a royal salute at a military parade for the first time in 70 years, as she will continue to delegate responsibility to senior members of the company.She was pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the 2019 ceremony
The news comes as the 96-year-old monarch continues to give more responsibilities to the royal family as she faces “occasional mobility issues”
The news comes as the 96-year-old monarch continues to delegate more responsibilities to the royal family as she faces “occasional mobility issues”.
Earlier this month, Her Majesty the Queen missed the opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years, when Prince Charles and Prince William were empowered to act together on behalf of the Queen at the event.
However, she has been in high spirits at three recent public events this month, including attending the Windsor Horse Show, Windsor’s star-studded Platinum Jubilee celebration and the opening of the Elizabeth Tube Line.
Her Majesty has been present at the cavalry guard parade and has received the royal salute at every military parade during her reign.
Traditionally, at the ceremony following the Horse Guards Parade, the Queen is greeted with a royal gun salute before an inspection of the army.
From her first annual military parade until 1986, the monarch rode to ceremonies (pictured at one of her early ceremonies)
One option palace officials are considering, according to the publication, is for Her Majesty to travel from Buckingham Palace in a carriage to briefly inspect the troops before appearing on the balcony.
Alternatively, Her Majesty can only appear on the balcony after the ceremony.
After the parade, 18 family members will be on the balcony: The Queen; Charles and Camilla; William and Kate with George, Charlotte and Louis; Edward and Sophie and their children Louise and James; Princess Anne and the Navy Lieutenant General Sir Tim Lawrence; Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; Duke and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
The monarch is restricted to appearing on the balcony of colour for her family’s working members, the Duke and Duchess of York and Sussex miss out
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince Andrew and Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie will not be joining the royal family there.
Harry, Meghan and their children will be part of the festivities, but it’s unclear what elements of the four-day Jubilee Weekend they’ll be able to make an appearance.
The balcony façade is often seen as the centrepiece of major royal events, including military parades and weddings, and often sees the Queen’s extended family gather for the air show, a rare opportunity for fans to see the entire extended family people together.
To avoid potential diplomatic pitfalls, the Queen reduced the list to just 16, and was therefore forced to omit some beloved family members, including her beloved grandchildren and their families.