The Queen’s traditional birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, will look a little different this year due to the pandemic.
Buckingham Palace released a statement on Friday to reveal how the Queen would be celebrating her birthday next weekend.
It read: “The Queen will view a military parade in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday, on Saturday 12th June. The parade will be held by the Household Division, and The Queen’s Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped. His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, will accompany The Queen.
“The parade will be led by the Foot Guards, who will be joined in the Quadrangle by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Music will be played by a Massed Band of the Household Division, which will include 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums,” the message continued.
“Upon The Queen and The Duke of Kent’s arrival in the Quadrangle, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be greeted by a Royal Salute, and the National Anthem. The parade will commence with the Musical Troop as the Band plays. The Colour will then be trooped through the ranks, and the parade will conclude with a second Royal Salute.
“The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will then fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute, to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday, from the East Lawn at Windsor Castle.”
The Queen will mark her Official Birthday on Saturday 12th June.
💂 Her Majesty will view a parade held by the Household Division and The Queen’s Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped in the Quadrangle of #WindsorCastle.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 4, 2021
The Palace previously released a statement to ET Canada revealing how the event would be different this year, before new details came to light ahead of the scaled-down spectacular.
“Following consultation with Government and other relevant parties it has been agreed that The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will not go ahead this year in its traditional form in central London,” the Palace original said. “Options for an alternative Parade, in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, are being considered.”
The statement added, “The annual Garter service, usually held in June, will not take place this year.”
This year is Her Majesty’s first birthday celebration without her husband Prince Philip, who died earlier this year. Prince Edward also accompanied the Queen in 2013, attending the event with his mother while Philip recovered from surgery.
Trooping the Colour wasn’t entirely cancelled last year either, with a small, scaled-down celebration ceremony taking place at Windsor Castle instead of the usual parade. Members of the Royal Family were not in attendance.
Her Majesty turned 95 on April 21, and her official celebrations always take place in June at Trooping the Colour.
The royals would usually take part in a horse-drawn parade along the Mall (the road between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square), as well as watch an air force display from the balcony of the Palace, as seen above.