'Secret' event royals who weren't on Buckingham Palace balcony for Jubilee attended

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

If you were glued to your TV screen last weekend keeping up with everything the Royal Family were doing to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, then you're not alone. In fact, millions of us tuned in to watch Her Majesty mark 70 years on the throne with a range of festivities including a Platinum Pageant and the Trooping the Colour. But, while the likes of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Cambridge kids, appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony to celebrate the occasion, some royals were noticeably missing from the line up. So, what were they up to?

To recap, ahead of the four day weekend, the Queen announced that only working members of the Royal Family would join her on the infamous Buckingham Palace balcony. The announcement came just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who stepped down as working royals in 2020 – confirmed they would be attending the landmark event.

Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

"After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen," a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said last month. However, it was made "clear" that other members of the family who don't carry out royal duties would still be invited to take part in other Jubilee events.

Now, a week on from the festivities, former rugby player turned royal Mike Tindall – who is married to the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Tindall – has revealed that members of The Firm who weren't on the balcony were invited to a 'secret' lunch.

Speaking on The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast about the Jubilee celebrations, Mike told the show's hosts: "It was outstanding, to be fair. It was just great to be a part of."

"We had a good cousins' lunch on the Thursday," he added, indicating what the other royals were up to during the Trooping the Colour. "That was a highlight."

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Elsewhere on the podcast, the ex sportsman also opened up about Prince Louis' show-stealing behaviour during the Jubilee Pageant, revealing that his "mischievous" behaviour was caused by a "sugar high" thanks to the array of sugary snacks the royals were treated to backstage.

We can't wait to hear more Jubilee tea, when you're ready to spill it, Mike...

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