This year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and it’s hard to imagine we’re less than a month away from the festivities beginning.
These days, the United Kingdom is gearing up to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th birthday, which will take place between June 2 and June 6.
For example, we already know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the celebrations with their children Archie and Lili (after months of negotiations about proper security).
With this information, we may also speculate about what some of the more senior royals will be up to over the weekend (when they aren’t standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony, of course).
“Over the course of the Central Weekend, Members of the Royal Family will visit the Nations of the United Kingdom to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The Royal Family will visit the Nations of the United Kingdom to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee” (via Town & Country). In addition to public festivities celebrating the anniversary, members of the Royal Family will attend engagements in each of the participating countries.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be returning to Wales for the event, where they have spent a large amount of time in recent years—including a successful trip there in March—and where they had previously visited.
This, in my opinion—and this is just speculation—seems to be done on purpose: However, while Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are currently known as the Prince and Princess of Wales (yes, the Duchess of Cornwall does hold that title, but she does not use it out of respect for Princess Diana), it is widely assumed that when Charles ascends to the throne, the Cambridges will be the ones to take over those roles.
Consequently, it makes excellent diplomatic sense for the younger royals to become well acquainted with the nation and its people in order to be able to better represent the kingdom in the future.
This weekend, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will visit Northern Ireland, while Princess Anne will go to Scotland as part of the Jubilee celebrations. While the Queen’s plans were not explicitly stated in that specific announcement, I believe it is safe to infer that she will be celebrating in England, which is the largest county in the United Kingdom and the monarch’s home country.
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