Coronavirus: Queen's official birthday to be marked with new ceremony

Coronavirus: Queen’s formal birthday to be marked with new ceremony

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The last time the Queen’s Trooping the Color parade was cancelled was in 1955

The Queen’s formal birthday will be marked later with a new ceremony as an alternative of the yearly Trooping the Colour parade, as the coronavirus lockdown proceeds.

It is only the second time in her 68-12 months reign that the parade in London has not gone forward.

As a substitute, Windsor Castle will host a ceremony with a tiny selection of Welsh Guardsmen and military musicians.

Social distancing policies will be in spot for those who are marching.

The Queen celebrated her 94th birthday in April, but it is formally celebrated on the next Saturday of June every calendar year.

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Media captionThe Royal Opera House chorus reunites on line for the Queen’s official birthday

The Trooping the Color parade in Whitehall is commonly viewed by 1000’s of spectators and senior users of the Royal Family members.

The past time the occasion was cancelled was in 1955, a few many years right after the Queen’s coronation, owing to a nationwide rail strike.

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Last year’s parade: The Queen and other royals obtain to witness the Purple Arrows complete a flypast

An event for a sovereign’s birthday has not been staged at Windsor since 1895, through the reign of Queen Victoria.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have put in the lockdown at Windsor Castle, and were photographed there earlier this month to mark Prince Philip’s 99th birthday.

Social distancing signifies ‘no hiding place’

Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, who instructions the House Division, mentioned the situation bordering the selection to host the tribute in Windsor were “clouded in tragedy”.

“The consequences of Covid-19 have been devastating in phrases of loss of daily life and the threatening of livelihoods of so many throughout the place,” he explained iva social media.

“Folks have experienced to endure separation from cherished ones, great uncertainty and the suspension of so considerably of what is distinctive about our national lifetime.”


There’ll be no massed ranks of the footguards, no carriage trip alongside the Shopping mall escorted by the Family Cavalry and no visual appeal on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to look at a flypast by the RAF.

This year’s Trooping the Color has been cancelled – but there will be a armed service celebration of types for the Queen, on a confined scale inside Windsor Castle.

A detachment of Welsh Guards will sort up in thoroughly socially-distanced ranks – 2.2 metres apart – on the castle quadrangle and there, accompanied by a fairly much less than Massed Band of the House Division, they are going to go by means of a meticulously spaced programme of drill.

The Queen will be there to look at: a birthday parade with a change but a signal that, incredibly cautiously, familiar functions can be staged, albeit in quite modified sort.


The ceremony – which will be broadcast by the BBC – will see personnel consider element in a display screen in the castle’s quadrangle. The Queen will obtain a royal salute adopted by a set of navy drills.

With much less men and women on parade because of social distancing procedures, “there is no hiding spot” claimed Garrison Sgt Maj Warrant Officer Course 1 Andrew Stokes, who established the screen.

“But more spacing among people today implies that there is also no area for errors and so the soldier has to seriously focus on their own private drill, reaction to orders, dressing and social distancing,” he reported.

Commonly, Guardsmen stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the course of their drills or when shaped up on the parade floor, but they will have to stand 2.2m apart to adhere to the suggestions.

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A new photo of the Queen and Prince Philip was released to mark his 99th birthday

Gen Ghika extra: “The Welsh Guards and quite a few of individuals on parade have recently been deployed within just the United Kingdom as component of the nation’s response to the virus and so the context of the ceremony is particularly poignant.”

The Welsh Guards, along with the relaxation of the House Division, have been between the soldiers assisting with the coronavirus response, for illustration at exam centres.

The occasion will be broadcast on BBC Just one with a exclusive programme beginning at 10.15 BST.