She’s not a normal queen; she’s a cool queen who gets two birthday celebrations per year. The annual Trooping the Colour—you know, the huge parade through London and airshow over Buckingham Palace that commemorate the birthday of the Commonwealth—is less than two weeks away on June 8. Queen Elizabeth and company will be in attendance, but there are two royal family members who are stirring up speculation about whether or not they'll attend.
First, will Meghan Markle attend her first royal engagement since the birth of her son, Archie? The Duchess of Sussex is still technically on maternity leave, and it's pretty unlikely that her newborn son will make an appearance, but we have a feeling that Markle could join the rest of the crew for a photo op on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Plus, Kate Middleton was in the middle of her own maternity leave during last year's event, at which she was front and center.
And sure, Archie is too young for the spectacle (he'll be just a month old, FYI), but that leads us to our next question: Will Prince Louis make his Trooping the Colour debut? All signs point to…maybe. On the one hand, his big sister, Princess Charlotte, was the same age (Louis turned 1 on April 23) when she attended her first Trooping. On the other hand, big brother Prince George was slightly older at the age of 2. But older siblings always pave the way for younger ones, right? We're going to bet that Louis, who was just 6 weeks old last time around, will be ready to give us his best royal wave on the 8th.
In any event, this is all just practice for the real party‚ when Prince Philip turns 99 two days later—an occasion for a royal rager if there ever was one.