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Prince George snub: How ‘bored’ royal stole show at Trooping the Colour

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The Queen cut a lonely figure today as she stepped out to celebrate an unusual Trooping the Colour ceremony in Windsor. She normally celebrates her official birthday in London, where members of the Royal Family join the parade before gathering on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, though, mass gatherings have been banned so the usual pomp has been stripped bare.

Along with his siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Prince George missed out on the annual flypast coupled with thousands of soldiers, horse-drawn carriages and royal admirers gathering on the Mall.

However, in previous years the six-year-old has not seemed to appreciate the grandeur of the occasion.

Unearthed reports from the 2017 ceremony show how the third-in-line to the throne, then three years old, seemed distracted on the Palace balcony.

While his parents William and Kate took their turn caring for a young Princess Charlotte, little George was snapped pulling funny faces as he looked down at the crowds.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had explained the significance of the Queen’s official 91st birthday earlier in the day – but the young royal’s cheekiness still shone through.

Even the sight of RAF fighter jets failed to impress the youngster.

He was spotted earlier showing more interest in proceedings as he joined Charlotte in peering out of the Palace windows to look at the pageantry under way.

Despite being born on April 21, 1926, the Queen officially celebrates her birthday during the parade.

The tradition dates back to King George II in 1748. He was born in November and believed the cold weather was not fitting for his birthday parade so moved the date to summer.

2017’s celebrations were more subdued as they came just days after the Grenfell Tower fire and terror attacks in London and Manchester.

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The Queen herself recognised the “very sombre national mood” in a birthday statement in which she praised the nation for being “resolute in the face of adversity”. 

She said: “During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.

“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.

“United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

Alongside Prince Philip, she stood in quiet reflection as a minute’s silence was held in memory of Grenfell victims and their families. 

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