The Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated this Saturday with scaled-down ‘mini’ Trooping the Color at Windsor Castle
- The event, called ‘mini trooping’, will be held this Saturday at Windsor Castle aan
- It will feature troops who have played an integral role in the NHS’s response to Covid-19
- She will be joined by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Colonel and Scots Guards
The Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated this Saturday with a scaled-down ‘mini’ Trooping the Color ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The demonstration of military pageantry will be held this Saturday in the castle’s quadrangle and will be similar to last year’s event at the Berkshire residence called ‘mini trooping’.
Covid guidelines will be followed during the event, which will feature many elements of the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade – as Trooping the Color is also known – normally held in central London.
Although the Queen’s 95th birthday fell on April 21, Trooping the Color always takes place on the second weekend in June
Covid guidelines will be followed during the event which will feature many elements of the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade
It will feature troops who have played an integral role in the NHS’s response to Covid-19 and those who have served in military operations abroad.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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 is played by a mass band of the Household Division, including 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.
‘On the arrival of the Queen and Duke of Kent in the Quadrangle, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be greeted with a royal salute and the national anthem.
The parade starts with the Musical Troop as the band plays.
“The Color will then be drawn through the ranks and the parade will conclude with a second royal salute.”
The Queen will be joined by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, this year at Trooping the Color in June
The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured on Trooping the Color in 2012, died in April this year
Although the Queen’s 95th birthday fell on April 21, Trooping the Color always takes place on the second weekend in June.
The reason it’s delayed is because the weather is nicer in early summer.
It is believed that the tradition began during the reign of King George II in 1748. His birthday was in October, but it became an annual celebration of the armed forces and the monarch.
Her Majesty is celebrating her first birthday without her late husband, Prince Philip.
She will be accompanied by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, Colonel and the Scots Guards.
Prince Philip passed away on April 9 this year at the age of 99. He had already withdrawn from royal functions in 2017 and skipped the public festivities in 2018, 2019 and 2020.