The Royal Family, including Kate Middleton, on tour during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee weekend

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When the Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place in June, the focus will be on London, with Buckingham Palace serving as the backdrop for many of the events. However, it has now been announced that members of the Royal Family will travel across the UK between June 2 and June 6 to attend celebrations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Over Central Weekend, members of the Royal Family will tour the nations of the United Kingdom to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “Members of the Royal Family will attend engagements in each country, including public events marking the occasion.” Prince William and Kate will visit Wales, Prince Edward and Sophie will be in Northern Ireland and Princess Anne will visit Scotland, with further details announced closer to the time.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend begins on Thursday June 2 with a special Trooping the Color, and later today beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth. A Thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, June 3. On Saturday June 4, the Queen hopes to attend the Epsom Derby and a concert will take place outside Buckingham Palace in the evening. The final day of the celebrations, Sunday June 5, will see people encouraged to organize their own ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ picnics or street parties and a performance will parade through central London to the palace.

Buckingham Palace announced last week that, contrary to Trooping the Colour, only working royals will appear on the palace balcony after the event. The decision avoids the controversy that Prince Andrew’s appearance in this way would certainly attract, although it is believed he will attend events throughout the weekend as part of the family. The move also means Prince Harry and Meghan will not make a balcony appearance at the opening of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, cementing the position they now hold alongside other senior royals who do not work. They made their own announcement last week that they will be heading to the UK with Archie and Lilibet and were “excited and honoured” to join in the celebrations. Previously there had been uncertainty over whether they would make the trip as Prince Harry took legal action against the UK Home Office over its security arrangements when he was in the country. Their visit will be the first time Lilibet, who turns one on June 4, has met the royal family.

While royal sources have said the 96-year-old Queen is looking forward to the weekend and plans to attend, her attendance at the events will only be confirmed closer to the time and possibly the same day. She has been forced to cancel several public events in recent months, including Remembrance Sunday and the Commonwealth Service, due to continuing mobility issues.

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Corina C. Butler