The Queen’s annual Trooping the Colour will be replaced with ‘miniature version’ at Windsor Castle

The Queen has her official birthday on 21 April, the day she was born in 1926, but also a second birthday is celebrated in June when the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony is held.

However this year, due to the coronavirus lockdown and the government restrictions on large gatherings, Her Majesty will be replacing the celebrations with a 'miniature version' held at Windsor Castle, where she is currently staying.

Instead of the usual spectacular ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which is attended by the entire royal family, there will be an unprecedented pared-back event on 13 June with no spectators.

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The Queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle with 98-year-old husband Prince Philip since the official lockdown began and put her autumn diary engagements on hold, as well as cancelling garden parties and the Order of the Garter Service.

The Trooping the Colour event had also reportedly been cancelled completely, but now the palace has confirmed that it is to go ahead at Windsor Castle.

According to the Daily Mail, the parade will be commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher along with a "small contingent of men from his regiment the Welsh Guards".

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Following the same process as if it were held on Horse Guards at St James Park, there will also be a salute to the Queen at 11am.

For the first time in recent history there will be no spectators allowed to gather at Windsor Castle as there would be at Buckingham Palace, where a crowd of thousands would be.

"The BBC are due to cover it live, but there will be no stands and no one watching – other, that is, than anyone watching from inside the Castle," a source told the publication.

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Each year, the Queen travels down the Mall in a royal procession with an escort from the Household Cavalry, before then inspecting the foot guards and horse guards.

The massed Bands of the Household Division provide the music for the ceremony, with normally 400 musicians taking part, however that will be considerably less this year.

The Queen then returns to Buckingham Palace where she is joined by members of the royal family who watch the Royal Air Force flypast after a 41-gun salute.


Her Majesty has celebrated two birthdays every year over the 65 years she has reigned, and the reason is all down to family tradition and the public. King George, who was born in November, thought the British weather was too cold for the public to celebrate his birthday at that time of the year.

Therefore, the former Monarch decided to combine his birthday celebration with an event called the Trooping Of The Colour, which the whole royal family attend every year in June, meaning a more promising outlook on good weather.

Since her reign, Prince William and Prince Harry’s grandmother has continued with this tradition, celebrating her real birthday in April in private with her family.

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