Prince George and Charlotte to miss major royal milestone this week due to lockdown

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PRINCE GEORGE and Princess Charlotte will sadly miss their first trooping the colour this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

The young royals were supposed to make their debut at the Queen’s favourite royal event this year. The Trooping the Colour parade, which is held for the Queen’s second birthday, will no longer take place in its traditional form. Therefore, royal fans will have to wait another year to see them make their debut at the popular event.

Prince William was weeks away from his 5th birthday when he made his royal carriage debut in 1987, alongside Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and the Queen Mother.

Similarly, Prince Harry was almost five when he was first part of the procession in 1989.

It was believed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte might also appear in their first carriage procession this Saturday, with Prince George, the eldest Cambridge child now six years old, and his sister five.

However, Trooping the Colour has been adapted to adhere to to the government guidelines on social distancing, and it seems unlikely they will be in attendance.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will sadly miss their first trooping the colour this year (Image: GETTY)

Princess Charlotte

The young royals were supposed to make their debut at the Queen’s favourite royal event this year (Image: GETTY)

The event will still take place this Saturday, but will be heavily scaled down.

Every year, crowds have gathered along The Mall and all the way up to Buckingham Palace to watch the royals pass by in carriages as part of their procession.

The Royal Family later appear on the balcony to watch the fly-past and wave.

The miniature version of the event will this year be held at Windsor Castle, where the Queen is currently isolating.

Prince George

The Trooping the Colour parade, which is held for the Queen’s second birthday, will no longer take place in its traditional form (Image: GETTY)

Due to the cancellation of the annual event in its traditional form, it is unclear who will attend.

The little royals were expected to make their debut last year, but Kate instead rode alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The crowds did get to see Prince Louis make his first balcony appearance in 2019, as he adorably waved at the fly-past.

Royal fans can only hope George and Charlotte will make their carriage debut next year when normality is restored.

Prince George

Royal fans will have to wait another year to see George make his carriage debut (Image: GETTY)

Charlotte, Louis and George

The little royals were expected to make their debut last year but Kate rode alongside Harry and Meghan instead (Image: KENSINGTON ROYAL)

Many other royal events have been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Queen’s annual birthday gun salutes.

Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Philip have all spent their birthdays in lockdown due to the pandemic.

However, the Cambridges have been making sure to do their bit to help frontline workers.

Prince William and Kate have been making video calls to NHS workers and Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been delivering food to the most vulnerable.

Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

The Duchess of Cambridge, recently shared a new picture she took of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in celebration of National Volunteering week.

The new picture, which was shared on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s social media channels, show Prince George and Princess Charlotte volunteering with their father Prince William.

The photo was taken by Kate in April and is understood to have been taken alongside a series of pictures the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released for Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday last month.

In the pictures released for Charlotte’s birthday the young Princess was photographed delivering food parcels to the most vulnerable in Sandringham.

Kate Middleton

Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Philip have all spent their birthdays in lockdown due to the pandemic (Image: EMPICS)

Prince George was not in the pictures so this latest photo from the Duchess confirms the third in line to the British throne also took part in the volunteer work.

As well as encouraging their children to take part in helping the community, Kate and William have also been volunteering during the lockdown.

Prince William revealed he has been secretly helping out on a crisis helpline developed by his Royal Foundation.

Initially, Kensington Palace had refused to confirm whether the Queen’s grandson had followed up on his pledge to train to work on UK’s first round-the-clock text messaging service, Shout85258, but William revealed the news in a video released last night.

Volunteers chat via text message and help people sort through their feelings by asking questions, empathising and listening.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK