A Buckingham Palace balcony performance by the Queen during her platinum anniversary celebration is “by no means guaranteed”, according to an insider in the royal family. A number of festivities are planned on the occasion of Her Majesty’s anniversary, although she has been suffering from a number of health issues lately.
A fight with Covid resulted in Her Majesty, 96, canceling a series of engagements. Now, an insider from Buckingham Palace has warned that it may not be possible for the Queen to complete her traditional balcony appearance at the upcoming anniversary, with a ‘Plan B’ for the celebrations now reportedly being drafted.
Her Majesty has appeared on the famous balcony overlooking The Mall for every previous anniversary year of her reign, and it is hoped she will be able to do so this year to celebrate her 70th anniversary on the throne. However, a source told the Mail on Sunday that although “it can still happen, but it is by no means guaranteed.”
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Royal aides are now hastily devising a “Plan B” for the anniversary celebrations, according to reports. There is also the question of whether the balcony moment should happen at all if the queen can not be there.
There will also be further notable absences from the usual crowd of royals. This could possibly include Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
However, Harry has suggested that he could take a trip back to the UK on the occasion of the anniversary. This would also give his grandmother the chance to meet Archie and Lilibet, but has not yet been confirmed.
A number of special events are planned to celebrate the anniversary. This will include a major holiday and extended pub opening hours.
In March, Royal Analyst Jonathan Sacerdoti told the Mirror: “There is very little doubt about that [the Queen] looking forward immensely to her platinum anniversary. Like most of us, I’m sure she can not wait.
“While it certainly does not put away the problems she has had over the past year, she also wants to know that no time is perfect – the Queen is a very pragmatic person. I think the most important thing is that she is healthy and can enjoy her festivities with her family.
“It’s hard to believe it’s less than three months away and she’s determined to get the absolute best out of it. One of the real benefits of the royal family is that they give us light in even the darkest moments.What about the pandemic and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, this is one of the hardest periods in my memory.
“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate her wonderful service and for the world to come together.”