On Thursday, high ranking members of the Royal Family joined the Queen on her Buckingham Palace balcony as they watched over the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as well as the Red Arrows display.
It's possibly the most famous balcony in the world with royals having gathered on the balcony since 1851 to celebrate weddings, birthdays and to commemorate important wartime events.
It was Queen Victoria who first started the tradition during the celebrations of the Great Exhibition over 170 years ago. Now, current members of the Royal family have appeared on the balcony for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Appearing on the balcony is more than just tradition or great photo opportunity – it arguably also an unspoken litmus test of your closeness to the Queen, 96.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the last balcony appearance was in 2019 when the royals gathered to watch the Royal Air Force flypast during Trooping the Colour – the annual celebration celebrating the queen's birthday.
The packed balcony’s royal attendees at the time included Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
A lot has happened in the three years that followed, and Thursday's chosen few differed dramatically.
As reported by the BBC, Professor Pauline Maclaran of the Centre for the Study of Modern Monarchy at Royal Holloway, University of London said: "There's been a lot of chat about who is going to be there and who is not. Balcony displays are used very strategically by the Royal Family.
"They're very well aware this makes a statement, it's so important. This is one element they can control, so there are no ambiguous signals. If they allowed Prince Andrew, you can imagine the response."
As it happened, Prince Andrew was a notable absentee after testing positive for Covid-19.
It was confirmed earlier on Thursday that the Duke of York tested positive for the virus and thus will be unable to attend the weekend's events.
A palace spokesman said: "After undertaking a routine test the Duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service."
However, his absence from the balcony would have been likely anyway with the Queen requesting that only working royals be invited to stand by her side.
Notable members of the Royal Family who joined the Queen on her balcony included her childrenPrincess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Her grandson Prince William was joined by his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Other working members of the royal family who joined the Queen on the balcony included The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , and the Princess Royal.
The Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex were also on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Those not invited onto the balcony included Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, although they were present after the Queen sent for a car to pick the couple and their children Archie and Lilibet up.
Meghan was spotted entertaining some of the youngest members of the Royal family from the Major General's Office.
Another snap showed Meghan with Prince Harry, 37, as they spoke with the Duke of Kent, who later accompanied the Queen as she made her way to the balcony.
Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall, who also failed to make the grade to appear on the balcony, looked delighted as Meghan animatedly greeted the children, making faces and beaming at them.
Other members of the royal family not to join the Queen on her balcony included Zenouska Mowatt, Lady Gabriella Windsor, Thomas Kingston, Lord Frederick Windsor, Sophie Winkleman, Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Louis Windsorand, Princess Eugenie.
Isla Phillips, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Lyla Gilman, Lady Helen Taylor, Flora Ogilvy, George Gilman, Lady Rose Gilman, James Ogilvy, Alexander Ogilvy, Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St. Andrews, George Windsor, the Earl of St. Andrews, Princess Beatrice, Edo Mapelli Mozzi, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, Jack Brooksbank, August Brooksbank, Lena Tindall, Lucas Tindall and Mike Tindall were also not invited to the balcony.
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