Trooping the Colour will not go ahead as normal this year

The Queen during last year’s celebrations

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Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, known as Trooping the Colour, will not take place once again this year due to the pandemic.

In a statement, a royal spokesperson said: ‘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. Options for an alternative Parade, in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, are being considered. The annual Garter service, usually held in June, will not take place this year.’

The Royal Family together on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during celebrations in 2018

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The traditional celebration has taken place on the second Saturday of June as the ‘official’ birthday of the Monarch – despite their actual birthdate – since 1748. It usually happens at Horse Guard’s Parade by St James’s Park, with over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians coming together in military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. Senior members of the Royal Family join the parade on horseback and in carriages, with thousands of well-wishers lining the streets to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty. The celebration culminates with an RAF fly-past, which is watched by the wider family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. 2019 is the last time that it took place on this scale.

Trooping the Colour was held at Windsor Castle in 2020 due to Coronavirus restrictions

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Last year, Trooping the Colour took place on a far smaller scale at Windsor Castle, with the Queen viewing a military ceremony in the Quadrangle, with soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who were on guard at the castle at the time, with accompanying music by a Band of the Household Division.

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