Queen Elizabeth's Annual Birthday Celebration Will Not Go On as Planned

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

Once again, Queen Elizabeth's public birthday celebration, Trooping the Colour, will be scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news today in a statement, which reads:

"Following consultation with 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 statement also confirms that the annual Garter service, which usually takes place in June, "will not take place this year."

Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

The Queen's actual birthday is in April, but Trooping the Colour is her "official," public celebration. The tradition of monarchs celebrating their birthday twice dates all the way back to King George II in 1748, who combined an annual summer military march with his birthday celebration, even though he was born in October. Ever since, the reigning monarch has had the option of having an official birthday in the summertime.

The annual event is traditionally marked with large crowds lining the streets of London, a military demonstration, carriage procession, and finally, it ends with the entire extended royal family up on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

But last year's ceremony was scaled down to a smaller, more socially distanced event at Windsor Castle. It's likely that this year's event will look quite similar, though details are "still being considered."

We'll be sure to update this post as more information is shared publicly.

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