KEY POINTS

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton and other royals will carry out royal tours to mark the Queen's Jubilee celebration
  • The Cambridges will visit Wales, Princess Anne will go to Scotland and the Wessexes will head to Northern Ireland
  • Queen Elizabeth II used to do the tours with Prince Philip, but she is now confined to less arduous engagements

Prince William and Kate Middleton will lead the Queen's Jubilee Platinum celebration across the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Wales, where they lived over a decade ago. Princess Anne will head to Scotland and Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will go to Northern Ireland.

"Over the course of the Central Weekend, Members of the Royal Family will visit the Nations of the United Kingdom to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Members of the Royal Family will attend engagements in each nation, including public events marking the occasion," a statement from the palace obtained by People read.

Unnamed royal sources noted that Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II used to visit many places across Britain in the previous years for the Golden and Diamon Jubilees. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh toured on the royal train in the run-up to the June weekends.

The Queen, who reportedly has mobility issues, is already 96. She is confined to less arduous engagements at Windsor Castle. The royal family and their advisers agreed it would be best for the monarchy to have some of the senior working royals do the tour.

The working royals will only be the members of the family who will join the Queen on the balcony on Trooping the Colour. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who confirmed that they would be returning to the U.K. with their children — son Archie, 2, and 11-month-old daughter Lilibet — and Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice would not be making any balcony appearance.

"After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year's traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd of 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 Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

The balcony appearance will be composed of the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Middleton and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Princess Anne and her husband, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their two children, and the Queen's cousins the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra.

The celebration will kick off with a unique documentary from the BBC featuring never-before-seen home movies of the monarch filmed by the royal family. "Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen" will include a beaming Queen and showing the camera her engagement ring when she got engaged to Prince Philip.

"Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen" will air in the U.K. on the BBC on May 29.

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