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Meghan Markle and Harry 'invited to Queen’s birthday parade in first Royal reunion'

Entertainment - By Mirror | January 12th 2021 at 01:30:00 GMT +0300
Prince Harry and Meghan have not been seen publicly with the royals in almost a year

The Queen has reportedly invited Prince Harry and Meghan to her 95th birthday in what would be the first reunion since they stepped down from royal duties.

The 94-year-old monarch has seen her calendar decimated by the coronavirus pandemic but is keen to get "back to business" in the coming months.

Her Majesty is said to be hopeful that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Trooping the Colour in London on June 12 to celebrate her official birthday, according to The Sunday Times.

Usually the royals join the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony, and it's unclear if this courtesy will be extended to Meghan and Harry.

It will be the first time the royals have publicly reunited with the couple since they left the UK.

The Queen's Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, is considered both an official and "family occasion", meaning all royals would be expected to attend, said Palace aides.

Prince Philip's 100th birthday on June 10 would likely also coincide with grandson Harry being back in the UK if he and Meghan make the trip overseas.

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The Trooping of the Colour is set to take place two days before.

The Queen is keen to get the royal calendar ramped up in the coming months

Last year's parade was a stripped back affair and took place at Windsor Castle for the first time in 125 years and featured fewer than 100 Welsh Guards.

Harry and Meghan were due to meet HM for the one-year review of Megxit this March, however with the country in lockdown thanks to a surge in Covid cases, this is expected to be cancelled.

The last time the Sussexes were present at a royal event was the Queen's Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020.

Another event Harry will likely not want to miss is the unveiling a new statue of mum Diana, Princess of Wales, commissioned by he and brother William.

Marking what would have been the tragic princess' 60th birthday, the monument will be revealed in the garden of Kensington Palace on July 1.

It comes as the Queen broke with protocol to announce on Saturday she had been given her first Covid vaccine injection, alongside husband Prince Philip, from a royal doctor at Windsor Castle.

The head of state made the personal decision to let it be known she had accepted the vaccine to send a “message of hope” to the country, as Britain reaches a crisis point in the battle against coronavirus.

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