Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Trooping the Colour in London was forced to cancel this year leaving many, including The Queen, disappointed. However, it has been revealed that there will be a scaled down version of Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle on 13th June, on the day that the full event should have been taking place in the Capital.
The Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21st though she celebrates her Official Birthday in June every year. In The Queen’s 68 year reign, this is only the second time that Trooping the Colour has been cancelled. The first time was in 1955 because of a national rail strike.
The Daily Mail reported that the “miniature Trooping the Colour” will go ahead on Saturday 13th June. A source commented, “The parade, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher, will involve a small contingent of men from his regiment, the Welsh Guards, accompanied by a rather diminished group of the massed Bands of the Household Division. There will, I’m told, be a Royal Salute to Her Majesty at 11am exactly, as there would have been on Horse Guards Parade.”
Obviously, there will be no spectators inside Windsor Castle however it is reported that the BBC will broadcast the ceremony. Those who are residing or working in the Castle will be able to watch the event. It is not thought that other members of The Royal Family will travel to watch the event.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson commented, “There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen’s official birthday.”
In 2019, Trooping the Colour was held on Saturday 8th June. The Colour of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards were ‘trooped’ at the Parade. The event concluded with a flypast by the RAF and the Red Arrows.
Trooping the Colour originally ensured that soldiers recognised their battalion’s colour during battle.