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Jennifer Newton

Lady Louise Windsor to miss out on Coronation balcony spot despite parents landing place

The finale of King Charles's Coronation will see the royals gather on the Buckingham Palace balcony - but spots are tight.

Like at the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the monarch has limited balcony appearances to just working royals only - meaning there is no place for his son Prince Harry or daughter-in-law Meghan Markle if they decide to attend.

Among those landing a place are of course the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children as well as the King's brother Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the new Duchess of Edinburgh.

But unlike Trooping the Colour at last year's Jubilee - it appears there is no place for their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, the new Earl of Wessex.


Lady Louise Windsor, the youngest granddaughter of the late Queen (Getty Images)
Lady Louise with her mum Sophie, the new Duchess of Edinburgh (PA)

The late Queen made an exception to her rule for her youngest grandchildren Louise, now 19 and a student at St Andrews University, and 15-year-old James to be on the balcony.

But now it appears that the King won't be making an exception for them again come May 6.

Speaking on the Mirror's royal podcast Pod Save The King, the Mirror's royal editor Russell Myers said: "I think it is interesting that the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh's children won't be there because we did see them on the balcony during Trooping the Colour during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee last year.

"However, documents that I have seen, it is there in black and white that they were not part of the plans.

Louise and younger brother James with their parents Edward and Sophie (PA)

"Some may say that James has just been given this promotion to Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise is now 19 she's now been seen at a couple of engagements with her parents.

"We know she had a huge bond with the late Duke of Edinburgh but they are not working royals so it doesn't make sense to put them front and centre if Charles wants to let people see this vision [slimmed down monarchy] in the flesh."

Detailed plans seen by The Mirror reveal how the King has chosen to say thanks for the nation alongside a select few royals who have dedicated their lives to public service, while also showing “the heartbeat and future of his family”.

James is now the new Earl of Wessex (UK Press via Getty Images)

Charles and Camilla will travel from Westminster Abbey in the Gold State coach back to Buckingham Palace, joined in procession with the chosen group.

Future king and queen, Prince William and Kate will appear with their three children - Prince George, nine; Princess Charlotte, seven and Prince Louis, four.

The final group of 15 shows there is no place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, should they even decide to attend the coronation.

The royals on the balcony at Trooping the Colour during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Getty Images)

Charles’s trusted lieutenant and beloved sister, Princess Anne, will be by the King’s side with her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

A source with knowledge of the plans said: “The King has been very clear who he wants to represent the monarchy.

“There is little room for sentiment, this is a State occasion, not a family occasion and it is right that only the working members of the family are there at the big public moment.”

The King also insisted on some of his mother’s most trusted and loyal servants and family members to be included, despite their days as working royals being numbered.

The Duke of Kent, 87, a working royal and first cousin of both the late Queen and Prince Philip, will also attend alongside his sister Princess Alexandra, 86.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have also been asked by the King to join him and Camilla.

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