Meghan and Harry's first public reunion with the royal family has been booked in

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen has been keen to get back to business as usual (with one royal source having been quoted as saying "The Queen has always said she needs to be seen to be believed, and she wants to be visible, particularly at a time like this to support the nation"). Now, it's thought that she and the rest of the royal family – including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – have finally been able to put some plans in the diary for a public reunion.

No doubtHer Majesty will be looking forward to the occasion – but what is the special event in question, you may ask? Well, it's one of the major dates in Her Majesty's royal calendar of course: the Trooping of the Colour ceremony that takes place in June to celebrate her birthday. It's an event you'll likely know as it also results in copious photos of the whole gang gathered together on a balcony, as they watch the traditional fly-past by members of the Royal Air Force.

The parade, which typically features over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians (just a small ensemble then?) and this year is set to take place on 12 June.

Photo credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - Getty Images
Photo credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - Getty Images

According to a report from The Times, a senior royal aide said of the upcoming event,"The current plan is for the Queen’s birthday parade to go ahead in London as normal, with the acceptance that it may need to be adapted or scaled back depending on what guidelines are in force at the time. But the aspiration and the ultimate desire is to make it happen."

Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their roles as senior working royals (and completed their final duties in that capacity back in March last year), the Trooping of the Colour is thought of as a family occasion for the Queen. Meaning, they're definitely expected to be in attendance.

Of course, if there's one thing that 2020 has taught us is that everything is subject to change – so while that's the plan right now, who knows what the state of play will be by the time June rolls around.

Sidenote: The Queen and Prince Philip have already been vaccinated against the virus though, which is a positive step in the right direction.

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