Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Trooping the Colour will not take place this year. Rather than opting for the lavish parade traditionally thrown every year to celebrate the monarch’s birthday, the palace is considering a smaller celebration to take place at the quadrangle at Windsor Castle.
“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,” read the statement from Buckingham Palace. “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.”
Buckingham Palace revealed on Wednesday that a pared-down version of Queen Elizabeth’s annual birthday celebration, Trooping the Colour, will take place this year.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony, which is scheduled for June 13, will be a “much smaller” fete in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, where the sovereign and her husband, Prince Philip, recently posed for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday.
A smaller-sized parade and military salute will happen in the courtyard, where the queen will also make a brief appearance.
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