Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen’s official birthday, has been cancelled for a second year running due to the pandemic. The annual event in central London in June, which attracts thousands of well-wishers, sees members of the Royal Family take part on horseback and in carriages, as well as gather on the palace’s balcony.
But the display of pomp and pageantry will not take place in its traditional form this year.
Royal expert Phil Dampier tweeted: “Oh well, having no big #Troopingthecolour means no problems with #PrinceHarry and #PrinceAndrew!”
Ex-BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt also wrote on Twitter: “The ‘What to do with Prince Andrew problem’, side stepped for a 2nd year.”
The Duke of York stepped back from public duties in 2019 the wake of his disastrous Newsnight interview about his association with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan Markle quit as working royals in March 2020 for a new life in America.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plunged the Royal Family into crisis with their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired earlier this month.
The tell-all interview saw the pair makes a series of explosive claims about the royals, including allegations of racism.
And Harry laid bare his rifts with his father Prince Charles and his brother Prince William.
A statement said: “Following consultation with Government and other relevant parties it has…