Kate Middleton Won’t Sit Next To Prince William at Trooping the Colour 2019 — Here’s Why

Everyone is looking forward to the annual Trooping the Colour parade in London. This celebration, which dates back to King George II reign in the 17th century, is done to honor the reigning monarch’s birthday. This year the festivities are set to kick off on June 8, 2019.

Royal fans know that Queen Elizabeth celebrated her birthday back on April 21, but the pageant is always scheduled for the beginning of summer when the weather is warmer. This year, fans are looking forward to seeing all their favorite royal family members, including the rumored debut of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest son, Prince Louis.

Per tradition, Kate Middleton won’t be seated with her husband Prince William during the event. But before everyone jumps to conclusions that they’re not seated together, it’s important to remember that it’s been this way for years. Here’s why.

Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour | James Devaney/FilmMagic

What is Trooping the Colour?

During the event, the Queen’s personal troops embark on an elaborate procession that’s truly magical to witness. The so-called Household Division includes more than 1,400 officers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians. Senior members of the royal family ride in horse-drawn carriages for the parade and wave to the adoring fans in the crowd.

The whole thing is truly an event fit for a Queen.

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Who is Kate Middleton sitting with for Trooping the Colour?

Ever since marrying into the royal family, Kate Middleton has had the same seatmate for this event, and it’s not her husband Prince William. Each year, the Duchess of Cambridge rides in a carriage with her stepmother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles ride together because they both hold similar roles in the royal family. Both women are married to future monarchs and are expected to become queen consorts eventually.

Camilla and Kate
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meanwhile, their husbands Prince Charles and Prince William ride horses in the parade wearing full military regalia including large bearskin hats. The Queen used to ride a horse too until she got older. Other royal family members on horseback include the Queen’s other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will reunite on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for photos and to watch a flypast from the Royal Air Force.

Where will Meghan Markle sit for Trooping the Colour?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Even though she’s technically on maternity leave, Meghan Markle is expected to attend the Trooping the Colour festivities and will probably be riding in a carriage with Prince Harry like she did last year. He’ll be wearing his military uniform while the Duchess of Cambridge will have formal day wear with a hat.

Unfortunately for royal fans, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to leave newborn Archie Harrison at home during the festivities. But we can expect to see his big debut next year just like Prince Louis is making his first appearance now that he’s one and walking.

And even though the balcony at Buckingham Palace has undergone renovations ahead of the event this year, the Household Division promises the famous outlook will be ready in time for the event. Get your cameras ready!