Prince Louis is the youngest of Kate and William’s children and missed out on the spectacle of Trooping the Colour this year as he was just a few weeks old. However, it looks as though the little royal won’t be able to attend next year either.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have a couple of Buckingham Palace balcony appearances under their royal belts and pretty much always steal the show. Princess Charlotte loves to wave to the crowd and Prince George is always fascinated by the Royal Air Force display.
This year Prince George and his cousin Savannah were a little mischievous but they were still very cute. Although we were disappointed to not see Prince Louis with his older siblings, it wasn’t a surprise.
The royal children usually have to be at least a year old before they make an appearance on the balcony, which is understandable given how loud and busy the show is. Trooping the Colour is an annual event that you can pretty much guarantee all the royals will be at but next year it could be cancelled.
The news comes after it was announced that Buckingham Palace is due £369 million worth of improvement works. The entire East Wing of the palace is set to get a complete refurbishment and it will take ten years to complete.
By next June, the balcony could be completely unaccessible as renovations in the Centre Room of the Palace will be well under way, which the royals have to walk through to access the balcony. Trying to squeeze through the building works sounds like a health and safety nightmare!
If the royals are forced to skip Trooping the Colour next year, it will mean that Prince Louis will have waited the longest for his first balcony appearance. If he doesn’t attend until 2020, the little royal will be over two-years-old, a whole year older than either of his siblings were when they made their first appearance.
According to the Daily Mail, a senior royal courtier said that while it is hoped next year’s Trooping the Colour will be ‘business as usual’ there will be an update closer to Autumn when they will make an assessment.
We’ll have to wait and see…