The important reason Kate and William will miss Lilibet Diana's birthday on Platinum Jubilee weekend

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel outside of England as Harry and Meghan celebrate their daughter's first birthday

Why Kate and William will miss Lilibet Diana's birthday
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Prince William and Kate Middleton travel to Wales in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee on June 4, which just so happens to be Lilibet Diana's first birthday. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel to Wales on June 4 to assist with some last-minute preparations for a Platinum Jubilee Concert at Cardiff Castle in honor of the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty's reign, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. 

The exciting engagement coincides with the first birthday of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter Lilibet Diana, who will reportedly be celebrating the special occasion at Frogmore Cottage with her parents and older brother, Archie. Royal sources have also said that the Queen is to meet Lilibet on Saturday, following news that the 96-year-old monarch would no longer be attending the Epsom Derby due to her ongoing mobility issues. 

It remains unknown whether or not William and Kate will make it back in time for the Sussex party, but with its venue by Windsor Castle being 130 miles away from Cardiff, it looks unlikely they'll be able to squeeze this one in. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England.

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During their Welsh trip, the royal couple will meet with the performers and crew of the concert, including hosts Aled Jones, Shan Cothi, and Bonnie Tyler. They'll also receive a rundown on the "technical production underpinning the show" including its "lighting, sound and visual effects." The concert's musical performances are expected to wrap up by 7pm, at which point the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace will be broadcast on oversized screens at the castle. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Philip S. W Goldson International Airport to start their Royal Tour of the Caribbean on March 19, 2022 in Belize City, Belize.

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The exciting engagement is likely to pique the interest of the musically gifted Kate Middleton, whose piano performance at a Christmas carol service last year wowed royal fans.

The Cambridges aren't the only senior royals with travel plans over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex will fly over to Northern Ireland this weekend for Jubilee-themed arts and crafts and a meet-and-greet with kids involved in multicultural street performances, while Princess Anne will head to Scotland to visit Edinburgh Zoo and the HMS Albion. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.