It is reported that Her Majesty The Queen will not receive the salute at this year’s Trooping the Colour. It will be the first time in Her Majesty’s 70 year reign that she won’t have received the traditional birthday parade salute.
The Times reports that Buckingham Palace have drawn up a number of contingency plans for the ceremonial event that include members of The Royal Family taking Her Majesty’s stead in the official salute. It is reported that The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal could be those family members.
It is still hoped that Her Majesty The Queen will still attend Trooping the Colour on Thursday 4th June however one plan that has been drawn up would see The Queen travel to the event by carriage for a short inspection of the troops. The Queen would then retire for the rest of the ceremony leaving Charles, William and Anne to represent her on horseback.
A second plan would see Her Majesty The Queen only attending the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance and miss out on inspecting the troops.
The Queen is still experiencing “episodic mobility issues” and her attendance at events is decided on a day-to-day basis. In recent weeks, The Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament and handed the duties of this event on to Prince Charles and Prince William. The Queen was present, however, at the Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and for the opening of the new Elizabeth Line in London.
Trooping the Colour 2022 not only is a celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday, it marks the beginning of four-days worth of celebrations to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It will be followed by, amongst other events, a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s and a Platinum Jubilee Pageant.