Queen's birthday will be celebrated with 'mini' Trooping the Colour

Queen's birthday will be celebrated with 'mini' Trooping the Colour

June 4, 2021

Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated with scaled-down ‘mini’ Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle next Saturday

  • The event, dubbed ‘mini trooping’, will be held next Saturday in Windsor Castle 
  • It will feature troops who played an integral role in the NHS’ Covid-19 response 
  • She will be joined by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Colonel, and Scots Guards 

The Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated with a scaled-down ‘mini’ Trooping the Colour ceremony staged at Windsor Castle this Saturday.

The display of military pomp and pageantry will be held next Saturday in the castle’s quadrangle, and will be similar to last year’s event at the Berkshire residence dubbed ‘mini trooping’. 

Covid guidelines will be followed during the event which will incorporate many elements of the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade – as Trooping the Colour is also known – normally staged in central London.

Although the Queen’s 95th birthday was on April 21, Trooping the Colour always takes place in the second weekend in June

Covid guidelines will be followed during the event which will incorporate many elements of the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade

It will feature troops who have played an integral role in the NHS’ Covid-19 response and those who have been serving on military operations overseas.

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 will be played by a Massed Band of the Household Division, which will include 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.

‘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 Queen will be accompanied by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, at this year’s Trooping the Colour in June

The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured at Trooping the Colour in 2012, died in April this year

Although the Queen’s 95th birthday was on April 21, Trooping the Colour always takes place in the second weekend in June.

The reason it is delayed is because the weather is nicer in early summer.

It is believed the tradition started 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 will be celebrating her first birthday without her late husband, Prince Philip.

She will be joined by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, Colonel, and the Scots Guards. 

Prince Philip died aged 99 on April 9 this year. He had already retired from royal duties in 2017 and skipped the public festivities in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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