Archie and Lilibet could reach major royal milestone together in 2022

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor could reach a major royal milestone together if they return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen will celebrate one of the biggest occasions of her reign so far this June as preparations continue for the four-day bank holiday (opens in new tab) for her Platinum Jubilee. Now having been on the throne for 70 years, the Jubilee weekend will see members of The Firm (opens in new tab) reunite to pay tribute to the remarkable monarch. It’s thought that the Queen’s great-grandchildren (opens in new tab) could join in with some of the celebrations and there’s one iconic event that many younger royals have already enjoyed. 

Sadly, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor have yet to reach this royal milestone. Though this could all change if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Queen’s Jubilee. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour

If they do fly over from their LA home (opens in new tab) in June, bringing Archie and Lilibet with them, this could see them enjoy Trooping the Colour. The Queen has two birthdays (opens in new tab) but it’s traditionally in honour of her official birthday in June that this parade is held. 

The last two years have seen scaled-back affairs due to the pandemic, but according to the official Platinum Jubilee website (opens in new tab), the parade will be held on 2nd June 2022. 

It’s set to include over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians and in the past it’s been attended by the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This includes Prince George (opens in new tab), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Sussex kids’ cousins. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Neither Archie nor Lilibet have experienced Trooping the Colour yet, or waved from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Archie was around a month old for the parade in 2019 and so didn’t attend, whilst his little sister was born in the US after their parents settled in there and has never visited the UK at all.  

Lilibet’s first birthday (opens in new tab) falls just two days after Trooping the Colour 2022. And although she could similarly be a bit too young, if the Sussexes do make the long trip over, it's possible they could always make an exception and bring both their little ones to watch the parade rather than leaving Lilibet to be looked after during the event.

Many fans will certainly be hoping this is the case and that they might catch a glimpse of the young royals with their cousins this summer.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex travel down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour

Although the Sussexes’ Jubilee attendance hasn’t been confirmed, Harry is reportedly challenging a Home Office decision which ruled he couldn’t fund his own private police protection to ensure his family is safe if they do spend time in the country. This could potentially be seen to reflect a desire to visit at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Either way, it would certainly be wonderful for Archie and Lilibet to experience the excitement of the Trooping the Colour celebrations someday.