How the Queen will mark her ‘official birthday’ next week

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Due to the recent death of her husband Prince Philip and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II’s celebrations will be toned down this year. But just what is the Queen’s official birthday? How is it different to her actual birthday and how is it celebrated?

The Queen turned 95 on April 21 of this year, she has been on the throne for over 69 years making her the longest-serving British monarch in history.

Next year will mark her 70th year on the throne and up and down the country Brits will celebrate her platinum jubilee.

Her Majesty celebrates her real birthday privately with her family, whereas her ‘official’ birthday is a public affair.

The Queen’s official birthday is on June 12.

This celebration is marked with a Trooping the Colour parade, full of pomp and ceremony featuring the Household Cavalry.

The procession usually consists of over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians that march from Buckingham Palace down The Mall towards Downing Street.

Members of the Royal Family then follow the parade in horse-drawn carriages or on horseback.

Before ending the occasion with the Queen and the Royal Family standing on Buckingham Palace balcony, waving to the crowds whilst the Red Arrows do a fly-past.

There had been fears this traditional military display would be cancelled this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Last year’s event was cancelled, for this reason, the Queen observed a hugely scaled back parade alone, without her family and members of the public were not allowed to attend.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “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.”

However, Royal fans will be delighted to hear that the display will go ahead albeit in a scaled-back form.

The parade will be a much more private affair. It is due to be held in Windsor Castle’s quadrangle next Saturday.

Social distancing restrictions will mean that numbers will be limited.

But the horses are back and several units of the Foot Guards from the Scots Guards, the Coldstream Guards, and the Grenadier Guards.

Under current plans, the parade will involve around 270 soldiers and 70 horses.

Last year in the height of the pandemic the Queen has to watch the ceremony alone with just here senior aides standing nearby.

The group surrounding the Queen will still be limited this year, but her cousin the Duke of Kent is expected to be among those accompanying her.

Her late husband, Prince Philip has not attended the trooping since his retirement in 2017, but no doubt her Majesty will keenly feel her loss at this poignant event.

The celebrations will take place just two days after what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.

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