The Queen’s official birthday, the second Saturday in June, is typically celebrated with the Trooping the Colour military parade.
The ceremony has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last time the event was called off was in 1955, when a national rail strike occurred.
On Saturday, June 13, a “small, brief military ceremony” will take place to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
Pretty much all of the Queen’s typical birthday celebrations have been thwarted this year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 21, her actual birthday, the customary gun salutes were called off, government buildings weren’t compelled to fly the Union Jack, and she spent the day in quarantine at Windsor Castle.
The royals typically gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the fly-past at the end of Trooping the Colour.
The Queen will still receive a little military celebration on Saturday, however. Parades and Air Force fly-past of Trooping the Colour will be replaced by a scaled-down military salute at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and husband Prince Philip are isolating together.
You can mark and join the celebrations via broadcast on BBC TV. Tune in at 10.15 am
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