Trooping the Colour 2020: Queen starts celebrations with archive snap of beloved father

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The Queen is to step out of Windsor Castle today to assist to a mini-version of the splendid Trooping the Colour parade. As the forces in attendance are putting the finishing touches to the ceremony, the Royal Family’s Twitter account has shared a few pictures taken during Trooping the Colour over the years, the day in which the country celebrates the official birthday of the monarch.  

One touching black-and-white picture shows King George VI and the then-Princess Elizabeth horse-riding among the crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace on Trooping the Colour in 1947.

Other snaps show thousands of well-wishers and royal fans gathered outside Buckingham Palace hoping to catch a glimpse of members of the Royal Family.

Owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Trooping the Colour ceremony will look very different from what Britons are used to.

As announced earlier this week by Buckingham Palace, the celebrations are taking place at Windsor Castle and are strictly closed to the public to avoid mass gatherings. 

Usually, 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses make their way down the Mall in London.

However, this year the Welsh Guards will be alone in their performance, accompanied by the music played by the band of the Household Division.

Social distancing will be paramount, in accordance with the Government guidelines on coronavirus. 

A statement released earlier this week by Buckingham Palace read: “The Queen will view a military ceremony in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday on Saturday 13th June, 2020.

“The ceremony will be executed by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who are currently on Guard at Windsor Castle, and feature music performed by a Band of the Household Division.

“Upon Her Majesty’s arrival in the Quadrangle, the Queen will be greeted by a royal salute.  

“A series of military drills will then be carried out as the band plays, and the ceremony will conclude with a second salute before The Queen’s departure.”

Many royal fans have welcomed the revised Trooping the Colour, with one praising the Welsh Guards on Twitter saying: “Britain’s finest showing they can still give HM the Queen a great birthday bash during lockdown.”

The Queen and Prince Philip already stepped out in the Quadrangle earlier this month to take a picture marking the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday.

The royal couple have been self-isolating together at Windsor Castle since March 19. 

But, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, they have both continued to serve the country over the past few months.

The Queen keeps holding weekly meetings over the phone with Prince Minister Boris Johnson and receives the daily red box from the Government.

She also speaks regularly to other head of states and Commonwealth leaders. 

As she demonstrated this week, she has also embraced technology to be able to connect with charities she can’t visit.

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace released a video showing the Queen and Princess Anne on a conference call with four carers members of the Carers Trust.

And Prince Philip, who retired from public duties in August 2017, stepped out of his retirement to issue a statement in April, in which he praised and thanked key workers for their selfless effort during the crisis.    

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