I realize that a lot of planning needs to go into any major royal celebration, like for the Queen’s Jubilee. But it’s kind of too much, right? There’s too much energy going into “this and this and this will happen at the Platinum Jubilee!!” The event is about nine months away! A lot can happen in nine months. Still, the latest announcement around the fakakta Jubilee is that the Queen will hand out 400,000 special Jubilee medals to servicemen, first responders, prison workers and people who work in public service. People like the royal family. Which means that Prince Harry AND Prince Andrew will likely receive medals regardless?
Prince Andrew is one of the members of the Royal Family who will be honoured with a Platinum Jubilee medal from the Queen. The Duke of York, 61, stepped back from royal duties due to controversy surrounding his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, but is still expected to receive the award.
Around 400,000 medals will be awarded to frontline members of the emergency and prison services, as well as the Armed Forces who have completed five years’ work. The medals will be given to show the monarch’s gratitude for their public service. Members of the Royal Household with one year’s service and living recipients of the George and Victoria Cross will also receive the medals.
The award will also be given to members of the Royal Family even if they do not work for the Firm, as a source said it is a “purely commemorative” gesture, the Daily Express reports.
Prince Andrew, as well as Peter Phillips, Zara and Mike Tindall, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, are set to be awarded with the medals.
The Duke of York previously received medals from his mother’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex are also set to receive the medals, the Daily Express reports.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “A wide number of members of the Royal Family will receive the Platinum Jubilee medal in line with the previous two jubilees.”
[From The Daily Mirror]
If she’s giving the medals to all of her family members, then I don’t think it’s some huge deal either way. It will be curious to see if there’s any energy (from the courtiers) on “withdrawing” Harry and Meghan’s Jubilee medals for Reasons and yet allowing Andrew to accept his Jubilee medal. But, as I said, a lot can happen in nine months. Will Andy still get a medal if the Queen has to pay out in the Virginia Giuffre lawsuit?
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