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Baby Archie update: The ONE thing Archie will miss out on this week

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are living in Los Angeles, and have not been in the UK since March. The couple stepped back from royal duties at the end of March, and have been staying in North America ever since.

In LA the couple celebrated their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor's first birthday, commemorating the occasion with a special video.

The video - shared by Save the Children - showed Meghan reading a story named Duck! Rabbit! to Archie.

Parents were quick to reply to the video saying how relatable it was that Archie was wriggling and could not sit still.

Archie has not been seen at many royal events, with his birth and christening kept out of the public eye.

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However, royal watchers may have seen Archie at one event which was due to take place this week - but this has faced changes due to coronavirus.

On Saturday, June 13, the annual celebration of the Queen's birthday - named Trooping the Colour - was due to take place.

Typically this event sees the Mall outside Buckingham Palace packed with well-wishers, a royal procession, military salute and Red Arrows flyover.

However, in line with Government guidelines due to the spread of coronavirus Trooping the Colour as we know it will not take place this year.

The Queen and her family will not gather on Buckingham Palace balcony due to lockdown restrictions - in what may have been young Archie's first appearance for Trooping the Colour.

Instead, a smaller-scale event will be held at Windsor Castle, where the Queen has been staying during lockdown with her husband Prince Philip.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman told People: "There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen's official birthday."

It is unknown if Royal Family members will be in attendance, but Meghan, Harry and Archie will unlikely be there due to travel restrictions.

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Meghan and Harry were in attendance at last year's Trooping the Colour, which was the first for another young royal.

Trooping the Colour 2019 was the first for then one-year-old Prince Louis, who stole the show with his facial expressions.

The young royal wriggled in his parents' arms, and couldn't believe his eyes as the Red Arrows flew past the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William took turns holding Louis for his first Trooping the Colour appearance.

Royals this year may have to send video messages to commemorate the day, as social distancing guidelines are still in place.

Another occasion which will warrant video messages will also take place this week - with Prince Philip turning 99 on June 10.

The latest royal to celebrate his birthday in lockdown, Philip will likely spend a quiet day with Queen Elizabeth II and receive calls from his extended family.

Video calling has been one way the Royal Family have kept in touch during lockdown.

However, Prince Charles has spoken of his sadness at not being able to see his family in person - in particular his father.

Speaking to Sky News Charles said: "Well I haven't seen my father for a long time.

"He's going to be 99 next week, so yes, or my grandchildren or anything. I've been doing the Facetime, is all very well but..."

He continued: "It's terribly sad but fortunately at least you can speak to them on telephones and occasionally do this sort of thing."

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