Best photos of the Royal Family at Trooping the Colour through the years

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For the second year in a row, the Royal Family will not be able to hold their usual get together to mark the Queen's official birthday at the Trooping the Colour parade.

The parade marks the Queen’s official birthday and was due to be held on 12 June this year - but had to be cancelled in its usual form because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, much like in 2020, the Queen will see a smaller version of the parade at the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.

This year she will be joined by her cousin the Duke of Kent, who will watch with her. In 2020 she was alone, though two of her aides flanked her. 

It's her first Trooping the Colour after the death of Prince Philip, who would have turned 100 just two days before, on 10 June. However he had not been at the events since 2017 when he retired.

Usually the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family take part in a carriage procession that travels from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guard’s Parade and back again.

They then congregate on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the RAF fly-past.

There won’t be any young royals present to steal the show at the event, so no Prince George, Princess Charlotte or their cousins providing some amusing moments.

Read more: Queen to be joined by cousin for scaled back birthday celebrations

In 2018, Savannah Phillips pretended to conduct the music, while promptly putting her hand over cousin George’s mouth to stop him from singing.

The Duchess of Sussex made her debut at Trooping the Colour in 2018 and last year was her first post-pregnancy appearance. It’s believed Harry and Meghan had hoped to come back to the UK for the event this year.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended her first one in 2011 and has been an ever present figure on the balcony alongside her husband William and brother-in-law Prince Harry.

Take a look at some of the best photos of the royals at Trooping the Colour through the years.