The Queen will have a ‘plus one’ for her official birthday parade in Windsor next month as the royals continue to rally around the grieving monarch, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Her Majesty cut a lonely figure last year in a scaled-down parade – also known as Trooping the Color – in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle. The pandemic has meant he has been moved from his usual location at Horse Guards Parade in London.
She also touched the hearts of the nation when coronavirus rules forced her to sit alone at the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, in April.
However, for this year’s Trooping the Color on June 12, the Queen will be joined by her cousin, the Duke of Kent. He was with her at the 2013 ceremony when Prince Philip was recovering from surgery.
The Queen will be joined by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, at this year’s Trooping the Color in June
Palace sources say after the limitations imposed by the pandemic and a period of mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen will increase her personal commitments.
In addition to Trooping the Color, which will include more military personnel than last year, she will meet with US President Joe Biden when he arrives next month for the G7 summit of major industrialized countries.
While plans have yet to be finalized, it is believed the Queen, 95, will travel to Cornwall – where the summit is being held – so that she can also meet with the presidents and prime ministers of Canada, France, the ‘Germany, Italy and Japan.
As part of a strategy to impress world leaders, the monarch is expected to be joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Charles, a passionate environmentalist, told his aides he wanted to meet Mr Biden, who in February overturned his predecessor Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty to fight climate change.
The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured at Trooping the Color in 2012, died in April this year
Traveling senior Royals to Cornwall for the summit, which was held at Carbis Bay between June 11 and 13, would avoid the challenges of arranging a state visit for Mr Biden to London under all Covid restrictions -19.
The president is believed to be invited for a full state visit at a later date. He will be the 14th American leader to meet the Queen. Since 1951, she has met all of the occupants of the White House except Lyndon B. Johnson.
As usual, the Queen sent a private letter to Mr Biden ahead of his inauguration in January. A royal source said the Queen had “genuine enthusiasm” for more live engagements. She was pictured smiling last weekend while visiting the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth.
“There is a strong desire to return to normal functions and for the country to return to normal as well,” the source said.