Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 2 months ago

Why are the Queen’s Lascelles cousins never allowed on the palace balcony with her other cousins who are also nephews/nieces of George VI?

The Lascelles cousins are the Queen’s paternal cousins just as the other cousins are who appear on the balcony for Trooping the Colour. Why does Her Majesty exclude the Lascelles cousins (all descendants of her Aunt Mary, the Princess Royal who was George VI’s only sister)? 


The Queen allows all other nieces/nephews of George VI, EXCEPT the Lascelles who are The Princess Royal Mary’s descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grand children). 

She allows the descendants of Prince George Duke of Gloucester and Prince Henry Duke of Kent. 

George VI had 5 siblings; only the three listed above had children (The Princess Royal Mary, George Duke of Gloucester, Henry Duke of Kent). The other two were the childless Edward VIII and Prince John who died in late childhood.

4 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It has nothing to do with being the nephews/nieces or George VI, they are excluded because of a divorce in the family and the Queen Mother eliminating that line.  But the whole balcony thing  started with Queen Victoria and the observation of her daughters (Princess Victoria) marriage in the 1800's.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The Queen has 29 first cousins. If all of them that are still alive, 

    and their families, were on the mantelpiece it would give way.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The Gloucesters and Kents are ACTIVE WORKING ROYALS. Their children and grandchildren sometimes accompany them on very special occasions where extended family are invited to make a balcony appearance.  The Lascelles are private citizens.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Lord Harewood, the 7th Earl, divorced in the 1960s, a big scandal at the time, and it was enough for the Queen Mother to help push his branch of the family out of the limelight. His big thing was opera and he wasn't that interested in being royal, except when it suited him. The connection via the female line of the then late Princess Royal doesn't appear to have ever been as strong as it was with the uncles and they have not been invited to high profile family events. As they don't participate in royal duties in the same way the Gloucesters and Kents do, it is hardly surprising.

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