The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade and Garter Service cancelled for 2021

The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, and the annual Garter Service have been cancelled for the second year in a row because of the continuing Coronavirus pandemic. Trooping the Colour could still take place on a reduced form at Windsor Castle as it did in 2020.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson commented on Friday, “Following consultation with the Government and other relevant parties it has been agreed that The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will not go ahead this year in its traditional form in Central London. Options for an alternative parade, in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, are being considered. The annual Garter Service, usually held in June, will not take place this year.”

A ‘mini’ Trooping the Colour took place on 13th June 2020 in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday. The 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards trooped their colour and the salute was taken by Her Majesty The Queen, who was isolating at Windsor Castle alongside The Duke of Edinburgh. The Welsh Guards then went on to take part in the Changing of the Guard later that day.

The annual Garter Service is a procession and service that takes place at Windsor Castle every June for the Order of the Garter. The order is the senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by King Edward III in 1348 and an annual service for the Order has been held every year since 1948.

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