Buckingham Palace announces how the Queen's official birthday will be celebrated this year

Francesca Rice
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From Good Housekeeping

Buckingham Palace has revealed how the Queen's official birthday will be celebrated on Saturday (13 June), following the cancellation of the annual Trooping the Colour parade as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

This year, Her Majesty's big day will instead be marked with a scaled back military ceremony at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Prince Philip have been living during lockdown.

ITV's royal corespondent, Chris Ship, shared Buckingham Palace's official announcement on Twitter on Wednesday evening (10 June), writing in the accompanying tweet: "Confirmed: The Queen will take part in a much reduced parade for her official birthday on Saturday.

"The annual Trooping the Colour parade was cancelled by #coronavirus. But there’ll be a much smaller military commemoration in Windsor instead."

The royal announcement itself reads: "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."

The Queen's official birthday is always celebrated on the second Saturday in June, and usually marked by the Trooping the Colour parade at Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty's real birthday falls on 21 April.

Wishing the Queen a very happy official birthday!

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