Queen to ‘reunite with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’ in royal milestone
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The Queen has invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to her 95th birthday parade.
It will be the first Royal Family reunion since Megxit which saw her grandson, his wife and her Majesty's great-grandson move to America last year and since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth, 94, is said to be keen to get "back to business" amid the outbreak of the virus which has killed millions globally.
It is the first event her Majesty will host since Megxit and Covid-19 and she has invited Meghan and Harry to join her for Trooping the Colour in London, The Sunday Times reports.
The event takes place on June 12 to mark her official birthday as she has two and will fall two days after the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.
Royal aides reportedly told the publication that as the event is both an official and a "family occasion", the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stepped down from official duties last year, are expected to join the Queen at the event.
A senior royal aide said: "The current plan is for the Queen’s birthday parade to go ahead in London as normal, with the acceptance that it may need to be adapted or scaled back depending on what guidelines are in force at the time.
"But the aspiration and the ultimate desire is to make it happen."
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Meghan has previously joined the family for the event which is usually held in public and sees the royals stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic the Queen's parade was stripped-back and underwent a number of socially-distanced measures.
The Troop of Colour has been running for 125 years and for the first time ever it occurred at Windsor Castle instead of Buckingham Palace.
This was due to her Majesty shielding there from the virus with her husband Prince Phillip.
It is usually a huge event which sees over 1,700 troops and around 400 entertainers perform for crowds at London's Horse Guards Parade.
Last year, fewer than 100 Welsh Guards took part in the more secluded and private event.
The last royal event involving the couple was at the Queen's Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey last March.
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