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Harry and Meghan are set for a very public family reunion at Trooping the Colour

Harry & Meghan get a ringside seat: Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set for a very public family reunion at Trooping the Colour… and they could even appear with Archie and Lilibet

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Harry and Meghan will join senior royals for the first time in more than two years at today’s Trooping the Colour.

In what is set to be a gripping – and highly public – family reunion, they are also expected to bring along three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly one.

The children are likely to meet their little cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at long last.

Lilibet has never been introduced to her royal relatives, while Archie has not been in the UK since he was six months old.

In what is set to be a gripping – and highly public – family reunion, they are also expected to bring along three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly one. Pictured, the family in December 2021

But there is no invitation for the shamed Duke of York even in a private capacity, showing just how far the Queen’s son has fallen from grace.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsors.

Many had thought Her Majesty’s appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional post-parade flypast would be the most keenly anticipated moment of the day.

But it is likely all eyes will, in fact, be on the family reunion playing out 50 yards down the road instead.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited by the Queen to join family members watching the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.

The room – once used by the Duke of Wellington – spreads out over the entrance to Horse Guards. It is where dignitaries traditionally watch from if they are not involved in the parade proceedings.

The group will not include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge or the Princess Royal.

Her Majesty will remain at Buckingham Palace where she will take the returning cavalry’s salute from the balcony there.

Charles will be taking the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and inspect the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf.

He will be joined by his elder son and sister, with all three on horseback.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsors. Pictured, the 2019 ceremony. Harry and Meghan will watch from the balcony that can be seen with the red material on it

Watching from the window: The Sussexes at the 2018 Trooping the Colour parade

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and many other royals will travel to Horse Guards Parade from the palace in carriages.

They will then disembark and watch the rest of the event from the Major General’s Office alongside Harry and Meghan, who will arrive by car.

The large royal party will also include all grandchildren of the Queen and their spouses. As well as the Sussexes there will be Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack and Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and their families. Meghan will not have seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while the prince only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.

The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 when the atmosphere could not have been more awkward. William and Kate virtually blanked Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.

Fortunately William, who has been most deeply affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his hurt, will not be forced to greet the couple in public. And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she made a point of breaking the ice and speaking to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Harry and Meghan are staying with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They had always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their participation with Trooping is seen as an additional olive branch from Her Majesty.

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