Trooping the Colour is just a week away, and several details have been released about this year’s festivities.
For the Platinum Jubilee (and the first Trooping since the global health crisis began), the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards will troop the colour.
The Duke of Cambridge is the Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards and reviewed the troops this month ahead of Trooping in the Colonel’s Review – a tradition ahead of Trooping the Colour.
However, there is another royal with ties to the Irish Guards, but he is not part of the British Royal Family. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, the youngest child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, has commanded a platoon of the Irish Guards since he became a member of the Luxembourg Army after graduation from Sandhurst in 2017.
The Irish Guards are special to the Grand Ducal Family as the late Grand Duke Jean – Sébastien’s grandfather – served in the regiment during World War II.
Does this mean Prince Sébastien will be taking part in Trooping the Colour this year?
Royal Central reached out to the Grand Ducal Court to see if Sébastien would be participating and if so, would the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess would be in attendance.
The Grand Ducal Court confirmed that the Prince will not be participating in Trooping for The Queen’s Jubilee.
While it was a nice thought, royal watchers will not see the Luxembourgish royals at the Trooping events this year.