Prince Harry snubbed by Queens decision to let William take centre stage

Prince Harry will be "forced to watch as his brother basks in all the glory" at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, a royal expert has said.

This is likely to grind on Harry, who is expected to fly home for the celebrations in June, according to royal commentator Daniela Elser.

William’s regiment, the Irish Guards, was chosen for this year's Trooping the Colour on June 2. The Duke of Sussex never has, and never will now, lead the procession.

"Harry will be forced to watch from the Buckingham Palace balcony as his brother takes centre stage and basks in all the glory and glowing headlines," Elser wrote for News.com.au.

"That William’s regiment was chosen for this year hardly seems like a coincidence and the symbolism of the moment will be potent: the current sovereign proudly watching on while a future sovereign takes his place looking all grand and kingly while done up in full military regalia."

Harry is a veteran who served two tours on the frontline in Afghanistan.

Despite this, he was never, back in his official working royal days, allowed to actually participate in the actual Trooping the Colour.

This is because he was never a royal colonel of the household division as William is now with the Irish Guards.

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The news comes as the full programme of events to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 70th year on the throne was unveiled last week.

Celebrations will include the 95-year-old monarch opening her private estates to the public, and some of the world’s biggest stars performing outside Buckingham Palace.

From May 12 to 15, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will take the audience through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.

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More ceremonies are to take place later in the year, starting on Thursday June 2, the first day of the extended four-day bank holiday weekend, when the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will take place in Horse Guards Parade.

On the same day, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.

On Friday June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, before the star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday June 4.

People across the country will sit down together for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday June 5, the final day of the bank holiday break.

Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the long weekend.

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