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This year the Queen is celebrating 70 years on the throne, with celebrations including a four-day weekend in June featuring the Big Jubilee Lunch, a huge concert at Buckingham Palace and a Jubilee Pageant. Jubilee celebrations often usually feature royal tours and public events, with the whole family getting involved.
Eugenie and Beatrice have a good relationship with their grandmother, Her Majesty, and often join her at her Balmoral estate in Scotland over the summer and have even been spotted visiting her at Windsor, so will likely want to mark her special milestone.
Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 31, daughters of Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, occasionally attend public events as members of the Royal Family.
The sisters are regularly out in force at Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen’s birthday and are thought to be among those who will attend celebrations for her 70th year as Head of State.
Despite not being full-time working royals, the sisters have still made appearances at big royal events often with their partners in tow.
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At such events, Eugenie is typically joined by her husband Jack Brooksbank, after the pair wed in 2018, while Beatrice is often out and about on the arm of her businessman husband Edoardo.
Both Beatrice and Eugenie attended a Christmas carol concert being hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey in December.
This year, for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, they could be joined by their families as both became mothers for the first time in 2021.
This year, both of their tots will celebrate their first birthdays, as Eugenie’s son August reaches the milestone in February, while baby Sienna’s birthday is in September.
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However, the celebrations attended by the sisters will be different this year, as one person could be notably absent.
Due to allegations looming over him, Andrew may not join his daughters at events to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, according to reports.
The royal played a significant role in the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, however, he has since stepped back from royal duties.
The Duke stepped back from royal duties in 2019 following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview where he spoke about the allegations facing him.
Many commentators have claimed that the ongoing civil sex abuse case being brought against the Duke in New York will overshadow the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
Among these is Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers, who claimed Andrew will not be “anywhere near” the public celebrations and will be “banished” from any outings this year.
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Beatrice and Eugenie occasionally attend public events as members of the Royal Family.
If he is absent from the celebrations for his mother’s historic reign, this will not mark the first time that Andrew has not joined his daughters and their family for an event in recent months.
Over New Year, the sisters were pictured on a two-week ski break in Geneva together with their husbands and children, but their dad did not join them.
A source told the Sunday Mirror that the sisters were “both very upset” that Andrew could not join them on the ski trip as they hoped “their children would be able to spend their first ski holiday with their grandad and the entire family”.
It was believed his team advised him it would be “inappropriate” for him to be seen on holiday while facing sex allegations.
Also in July 2020, when Princess Beatrice wed husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a low-key ceremony in Windsor under Covid restrictions, her father didn’t feature in any of the wedding snaps released to the public.
The decision to release snaps without him was thought to have been taken by the family alongside advice from courtiers.
Andrew played a significant role in the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012
Virginia Giuffre, 38, alleges the Duke sexually abused her on three separate occasions in 2001 when she was a minor under US law.
Prince Andrew has strenuously denied her claims and had been trying to have the civil case in the US thrown out before it can go to a trial.
However, Judge Kaplan ruled the case could proceed despite Andrew’s objections, which means the Queen’s second son is facing the prospect of an immensely damaging and costly court case in his future.
Last week amid the news of the case proceeding to the “discovery” stage, it was announced that Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
The Duke of York will also stop using the style His Royal Highness in an official capacity and will defend the civil sexual abuse case as a “private citizen”.