At Trooping the Color in 2016, Prince William crouched down next to his son Prince George as they stood on the Buckingham Palace balcony – but the Queen did not seem impressed
The traditional Trooping the Color event is set to return next week – and fans will be treated to seeing a whole host of royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Among them will hopefully be the Queen as well as the likes of Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis.
When it comes to the balcony moment, all cameras are on the royals as they check out the skies to watch the traditional RAF flypast.
But despite the eyes of the world being on them, it didn’t stop the Queen from very publicly scolding her grandson Prince William for everyone to see in 2016.
That year, Charlotte was making her Trooping the Color debut and was held by her mum Kate – leaving William in charge of looking after George.
The eldest Cambridge kid stood at the front looking over the thousands of people gathered below – and dad William crouched down to speak to him to explain what he could see.
However, granny clearly wasn’t impressed that the crowds would have been unable to see him, and appeared to berate her grandson.
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She could be seen staring down at the crouching prince before telling him “stand up William.”
Of course, he did as he was told and rose immediately, looking rather sheepish and began to chat to his grandmother.
Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday parade is due to return to London for the first time in three years next week.
For the past two years, the event has been drastically scaled back due to the Covid pandemic and held at Windsor Castle.
But it will return on Thursday to kick start the Queen’s four day Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
After the parade, the Queen is expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional RAF flypast, where she will be joined by working members of her family only and some of their children.
The monarch’s decision to only include royals carrying out official public duties was taken “after careful consideration”, Buckingham Palace said.
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This means royals such as Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew will not be making balcony appearances.
A Palace spokesman said: “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance on Thursday, June 2 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.”
Joining the Queen on the balcony for Trooping will be Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Also set to appear for the historic occasion will be Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.