During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the royals appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, but Prince Andrew was not one of them and reflected Prince Charles’ desire for a scaled-down monarchy.
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At most royal celebrations, members of the Firm appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowd.
So the family is likely to gather on the balcony to greet royal fans in June during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
However, one family member who will not appear on the balcony is Prince Andrew.
Earlier this month, a statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke of York would no longer hold any public office.
It comes as he faces a civil trial in New York following allegations of sexual abuse against him. He vehemently denies the claims.
However, it won’t be the first time Andrew hasn’t been present during a royal balcony appearance.
In 2012, the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee of 50 years on the throne, and a royal appearance was planned on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Charles was reported to have been involved in the decision to have only royals such as the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony, leaving Andrew dismayed.
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Royal expert Richard Kay wrote in the Daily Mail in 2012: “For Andrew, according to a close figure, being excluded from the balcony scene was a sudden and wholly unexpected demotion from front row to peripheral royalty. It was ‘like a dagger for his heart and he hasn’t gotten over it’.
“But this was a dramatic statement of intent on the part of Charles, who long ago decided that when he became king the Royal Family would be ‘downsized’.
“But as a friend of the Duke of York says: ‘The speed and swiftness with which Charles has acted has taken Andrew’s breath away. He is terribly pushy.'”
As heir to the throne, Carlos has spent his entire life preparing for the day he ascends the throne to become king.
And it has long been reported that he plans a scaled-down monarchy with a team of seven senior royals, not including Prince Andrew and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
Meanwhile, it is reported today that royals led by Charles and Prince William are “shocked” that Andrew wants to fight his civil sexual assault case to a jury and are trying to persuade him to settle it quickly.
The Duke of York has consistently denied allegations of rape and sexual assault made by his accuser Virginia Giuffre, who was granted the right to put the queen’s son on trial in the United States this month.
In his first official response to the court regarding the allegations made against him last August, the Queen’s son issued 41 consecutive denials of Ms Guiffre’s allegations.
A royal source said Sun: “After the Newsnight car accident, no one thinks a seven hour deposition is a good idea – if he were to appear in court it could be much worse and the royals were shocked when they heard he was demanding a jury trial.
“The best outcome for everyone is for this to be resolved as soon as possible.
“There are very, very deep concerns that this will get worse and worse for the family and overshadow the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.