The real agenda in 2021 – like all our agendas – depends on one thing: Covid-19. If the vaccine plan allows us to return to some semblance of normalcy, then some of the most significant real events will be made public. This is an important year when it comes to royal anniversaries: Queen will turn 95, Prince Philip will reach 100 and in July Princess Diana he would have turned 60. All of these birthdays should give rise to varying levels of public celebration, but it all depends on vaccination progress.
The vaccine will also determine Prince Harry’s participation in these remarkable achievements of his grandparents in the UK and in the Invictus Games in the Hague, Holland, in May (an event that Harry has set up and is very close to his heart). His wife will also be present, Meghan? Will Prince Andrew be questioned by the FBI ahead of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial scheduled for July? Read on to find out our predictions on the highs and lows that await royals in 2021.
Queen Elizabeth II photographed at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, June 2012
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1. The queen turns 95 on April 21st
Compatibly with the restrictions from Covid-19, it should be held a parade to celebrate her majesty’s birthday. “A documentary is being produced for the Queen’s 95th birthday,” says Hugo Vickers, biographer of the Queen Mother, the Duchess of Windsor and Queen Mary. “For her eightieth and her ninetieth she was filmed while walking around Windsor – that would be ideal.”
2. Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie will have their babies in early 2021
The queen’s ninth and tenth great-grandsons are expected at the start of the year. It is customary for the queen to see her great-grandchildren shortly after their birth. However, due to restrictions due to the coronavirus and with the Queen currently isolated in her bull at Windsor Castle – where she recently received the first dose of the Covid vaccine – probably this tradition will not be respected.
3. Will Prince Harry return to the UK?
Prince Harry is rumored to be eager to return to the UK for his grandparents’ important birthdays, restrictions from Covid permitting.
4. Invictus Games, The Hague, Netherlands, May 29 to June 5
One of the few unmissable dates left for Prince Harry is that of his favorite Invictus Games, set up by Harry himself in 2014 for war veterans with disabilities and infirmities. They have already been postponed from 2020 – at the time of writing this article the intention is to proceed with the plans.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh photographed in Broadlands, Hampshire, June 2007
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5. Prince Philip’s 100th anniversary on June 10th
It is said that Prince Philip doesn’t want to get too much attention on his 100th birthday, but he is aware that people want to see him. “It could come out on the Windsor quadrangle like last year for the celebrations of the military regiment of fusiliers, ”Explains Vickers. “He’s in great shape, but he doesn’t want to be disturbed in any way.”
6. What should have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1st
Princess Diana’s birthday received little public attention after her death in 1997. Her admirers continue to shower Kensington Palace’s gate with flowers and messages on her birthday, but this year would have been her 60th. . A statue of Diana, commissioned by his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, will be erected at Kensington Palace that day. Harry should be there, if travel restrictions allow.
Diana, Princess of Wales visits Colston’s School in Bristol, November 19, 1983
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7. Will Prince Andrew testify in court in July?
The trial of Prince Andrew’s former friend Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to start in July in New York – officially indicted on six counts (which she denies) for having been complicit in the sexual exploitation and abuse of minors by the disgraced financier, Jeffrey Epstein.
The Prince Andrew, retired from public life after his disastrous interview with Newsnight in 2019, will it slip even further into the shadows for the duration of the trial? Or will he be questioned by the FBI? Last year, the lawyer Geoffrey Berman claimed that the Duke of York was “not cooperative at all” during the investigation. Prince Andrew states of having offered his help on three separate occasions.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in South Africa with their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, 25 September 2019
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8. Will Meghan have her court hearing?
This situation is still on the high seas. The private case of the Duchess of Sussex against the The Mail on Sunday should be held within the year. The Duchess sued Associated Newspapers for breaching privacy for publishing parts of a letter Meghan wrote to her father in August 2018, shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry. Markle has requested the shortened procedure – which means the lawsuit will take place without her testimony, but this is yet to be clarified, as the legal arguments are still in place. It would be extremely embarrassing for the royal family if the case went to trial.
9. The Royal Family ‘streamlines’
Until recently, senior members of the royal family and their advisors focused their attention – and their promotional machine – on the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Dukes of Cambridge and the Dukes of Sussex. Following the Megxit and Prince Philip’s withdrawal from public office in May 2017, the Queen, the Dukes of Cornwall and Cambridge remain. The ‘cousins’ – such as the royals of Kent, Gloucester and Princess Alexandra, the queen’s first cousin – have been marginalized in recent years, according to Vickers, and that looks set to continue.
10. The queen reduces her public commitments
As her ninety-fifth birthday approaches, the queen is expected to slightly reduce her public commitments. It has already done this imperceptibly in recent years. Until recently he was in charge of all the investitures, but now Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince William are to his aid.
There were some other minor changes – he stopped riding during Trooping the Color in 1986, after his beloved horse, Burmese, retired. “He still rides a horse,” reveals Vickers. “His head groom, Terry Pendry, is part of his bull at Windsor Castle.”
Harry Mount is the author of How England Made the English (Penguin, 2013)