Royal Family reduced to just seven for Jubilee celebrations
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry share a laugh before the Lunch For Sovereign Monarchs at Windsor Castle on May 18. The trio will share centre stage with the Queen for Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (Getty Images)
Call them the Sovereign Seven.
The Queen will trim the royal roster down to a minimum for some of the major events of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Her message is quite clear: the monarchy is about the next generation.
The select seven members are: herself, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry.
The Queen's crew will ride the royal barge in the giant flotilla down the Thames on Sunday, appear with the Queen at the service at St. Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday, then join the monarch on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for a flypast finale, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The common thread, of course, is the direct line of succession: Prince Charles is next in line for the throne, followed by William and Harry.
The group will also be at the Tuesday lunch for the Queen at Westminster Hall, followed by the grand procession to Buckingham Palace. The Queen and Prince Philip will ride in their 1902 State Laundau, followed by two more carriages: one for Charles and Camilla, the other for William, Kate and Harry.
The service at St. Paul's on Tuesday begins at 10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. ET). Here's the order of service: Diamond Jubilee Order of Service
The Buckingham balcony scene from the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, above, featured all the Queen's kids and grandkids. In 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee, below, the royal lineup for the balcony included, from left, Charles. Edward, Andrew, Lord Mountbatten, the Queen, Philip, Mark Phillips, Anne, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Carriage restorer David Evens cleans the 1902 State Landau coach, the coach that will carry Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during the official procession to mark her Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday (Getty Images)