Queen Elizabeth II is eyeing a return to Buckingham Palace this summer.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been away from their usual home since March 2020, but a royal aide has now announced the Queen intends to get "back to business" this summer. Specifically, the Royals plan to head home to the Palace for Trooping the Colour in June.
The Queen & Prince Philip: Buckingham Palace return in 2021
This week, The Sunday Times confirmed the Buckingham Palace return, with a senior royal aide saying: "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."
Not only that, but Trooping the Colour 2021 also projects to be a Royal Family reunion, both publicly and privately. Reports have speculated the event will likely be attended by Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and Archie, in their first return to the UK since early 2020. But pandemic restrictions could still dictate whether or not that plan follows through.
Trooping the Colour 2021 could welcome back Harry & Meghan
Should the Royal Family gather for this year's Trooping the Colour—marking the Queen's 95th birthday—it would be a markedly different event than the one held in 2020. For her 94th birthday, the Queen alone attended a reduced parade, which was moved to Windsor Castle instead of the usual grand showing at the Palace.
Reportedly, Trooping the Colour 2021 is scheduled for June 8, two days ahead of Prince Philip's 100th birthday. So, June could be a momentous month for the Royals as they mark the Duke of Edinburgh's centenary birthday and reunite as a family for the Queen's traditional birthday parade.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been at Windsor Castle again following a brief stay at Sandringham in late 2020. A return to the Palace would also end the Queen's record-long absence from the London home of the monarch.