Queen Elizabeth's Official Birthday Will Be Celebrated With a Mini Trooping the Colour

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

From Town & Country

Traditionally, the reigning British monarch's birthday—regardless of a given monarch's actual date of birth—is celebrated publicly in the summer with a large parade and and a flyover over Buckingham Palace, during which the whole royal family stands on the palace balcony and waves. It's called Trooping the Colour, and it draws huge crowds of royal watchers every year.

But as with so many other events, this year, things will be a little different. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, it isn't safe to pack the whole Windsor clan onto one balcony, let alone gather throngs of people in front of the palace. However, unlike many other events, Trooping the Colour isn't canceled.

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Instead, what's being called a "mini" Trooping the Colour will take place at Windsor Castle, where the Queen has been social distancing since March. "There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen’s official birthday," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told People. The publication reports that details are still being discussed, and it's unclear whether any of the Queen's family members will be able to join her (in a socially distanced manner, of course) for the celebration.

Queen Elizabeth is staying at Windsor indefinitely due to the pandemic, and taking "all the appropriate advice," per a report. "The Queen won’t do anything which goes against the advice of people in her [age] category and she’s going to take all the appropriate advice," a source told the Times earlier this month.

"There are discussions about what we could and couldn’t do come October. We haven’t canceled a load of engagements, but nothing is going into Her Majesty’s diary at the moment. If there is advice in the coming months that it’s fine for her to come back to London, she may do that, but until that time, she’d want to be seen to be being responsible in her actions for the nation."


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