Trooping the Colour: Scaled back celebration for Queen’s official birthday
The Queen’s official birthday has been marked with a scaled back celebration for a second year due to Covid.
This year’s Trooping the Colour saw a reduced parade in the grounds of Windsor Castle, rather than in central London, led by the Scots Guards.
In 2020 the event was cancelled due to the pandemic with a ceremonial tribute performed at Windsor by Welsh Guardsman and a band of the Household Division.
The monarch’s actual birthday is on 21 April but her official birthday is marked on the second Saturday of June each year.
It is traditionally celebrated with a military parade near Buckingham Palace in which the Household Division marches carrying a regimental flag, known as a colour.
The Duke of Kent – the Queen’s cousin – was also present for the ceremony, which saw the F Company Scots Guards troop the colour of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards through the ranks of guardsmen on parade.
The celebration was smaller than normal and has been dubbed a “mini” Trooping the Colour.
But the military officer in charge of planning the parade said his aim was to create a “memorable and uplifting day” for the monarch, who has been based at Windsor during the pandemic.
Lt Col Guy Stone said: “Last year we had 85 on parade, this year we’ve got 274, plus 70 horses, so we’re really excited about the event having grown and getting us back to normal for next year we hope.
“It’s been very challenging, but we like a challenge. Covid has got a lot to answer for in so many ways, it’s made this difficult but what we want to do more than anything is give the Queen a memorable and uplifting day.”
Foot tapping along to the music, the Queen took a break from meeting presidents and prime ministers during the G7 summit to attend her birthday parade.
It was a scaled down Trooping the Colour – in the grounds of Windsor Castle rather than in central London.
The soldiers once again had to carry out their manoeuvres in a socially distanced way but, unlike last year, the mounted regiments were there and gun salutes were fired.
Any public hoping to catch a glimpse had been asked to stay away from Windsor town centre – but some of the weekend shoppers, cyclists and tourists did stop outside the castle walls. They were treated to a perfect view of the Red Arrows flying overhead as the parade came to an end.
It has been a difficult few months for the Queen. A number of those taking part in Trooping the Colour were also involved in the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh held here in April.
It was the Queen’s first official birthday without her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 in April.
The event ended with a 41- gun salute and a flypast by the Red Arrows.
Official celebrations of a sovereign’s birthday have often been held on a day other than their actual birth date, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer, so that there is better weather for a parade.
sources (article and pictures; video): BBC News; Trooping the Colour: Queen celebrates her birthday with scaled-back ceremony at Windsor Castle, The Telegraph, Youtube
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