Meghan Markle and Harry ‘invited to Queen’s birthday parade at first royal meeting’


The Queen has reportedly invited Prince Harry and Meghan to his 95th birthday in what would be the first meeting since they stepped down from royal duties.
The 94-year-old monarch has seen her schedule wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, but is keen to “get back to business” in the months to come.

Her Majesty hopes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Trooping the Color in London on June 12 to celebrate her official birthday, according to the Sunday Times.

Usually, members of the Royal Family join the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and it’s unclear whether this courtesy will be extended to Meghan and Harry.

It will be the first time the Royal Family have publicly reunited with the couple since leaving the UK.

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The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Color, is seen as both a formal and a family occasion, meaning all members of the Royal Family should attend, collaborators said From the palace.

Prince Philip’s 100th birthday on June 10 would also likely coincide with grandson Harry’s return to the UK if he and Meghan make the trip overseas.

The color parade is expected to take place two days before.

Members of the Royal Family at Trooping the Color 2019
Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colors

Last year’s parade was a bare-bones affair and took place at Windsor Castle for the first time in 125 years and featured fewer than 100 Welsh Guardsmen.

Harry and Meghan were due to meet with HM for the one-year Megxit review in March, but with the country locked down thanks to an upsurge in Covid cases, this should be called off.

The last time the Sussexes were at a royal event was the Queen’s Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Vernon
Last year’s parade was stripped

The Queen's Birthday Parade 2020
The celebration took place at Windsor Castle

Another event Harry probably won’t want to miss is the unveiling of a new statue of Mum Diana, Princess of Wales, commissioned by him and his brother William.

Marking what would have been the tragic Princess’s 60th birthday, the monument will be revealed in Kensington Palace Garden on July 1.

It comes as the Queen broke protocol to announce on Saturday that she had received her first injection of the Covid vaccine, alongside her husband, Prince Philip, from a royal doctor at Windsor Castle.

The head of state made the personal decision to make it known that she had accepted the vaccine to send a ‘message of hope’ to the country, as Britain reached crisis point in battle against coronavirus .


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