Queen’s birthday celebrations sneak peek – event preparations underway

Queen: Trooping the Colour cancelled for 2021

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The Queen’s official birthday is marked by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour and will fall on June 12 this year. More than 1,400 officers and men, two hundred horses and the Massed Bands of the Household Division join the parade each year.

Now, the official Twitter account for the Scots Guard – the guards at royal residences such as Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace – have shared a sneak peek for the preparations this year.

Tweeting a picture of the guards standing on The Mall, the Scots Guard said: “The Major General’s Inspection of F Company is complete.

“This is in preparation for the Queen’s Birthday Parade.”

The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour during every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike resulted in the event being cancelled.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Queen had to slim down the occasion and hold parades within Windsor Castle grounds, where she was sheltering from Covid with Prince Philip.

A press release from the Palace said at the time that “in line with Government advice, it was agreed that The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, would not go ahead in its traditional form”.

Pundits believe it will take the same shape this year, although Buckingham Palace has not confirmed details yet.

Traditionally the Queen travels down The Mall from Buckingham Palace, by carriage, with a Sovereign’s escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Her Majesty joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past by the Royal Air Force.

This year’s Trooping the Colour will be the first the Queen faces alone following the passing of her husband, Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100 on June 10, two days before this year’s parade.

Prince Philip passed away earlier this month and due to coronavirus restrictions, just 30 people were able to attend.

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Following his funeral on April 17, the Queen celebrated her 95th birthday just days later, for the first time without her husband.

To mark her birthday the Queen issued a touching statement thanking the public for their support and well wishes.

In a statement posted on Twitter as she marked her 95th birthday, the Queen said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.

“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”

Trooping the Colour was introduced during the reign of King Charles II, hundreds of years before the current Monarch.

The king, who was the first Restoration ruler known as the Merry Monarch, brought back many aspects of British culture as it recovered from Oliver Cromwell’s protectionism.

Part of this was introducing an “official” birthday for the country’s ruler, which would warrant parades with the regimental flags of the British Army, known as “colours”.

Initial proposals meant to hold it on the monarch’s birth date.

But King George III altered plans and made it a second occasion to be celebrated during the summer.

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