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The Queen ‘to have a mini Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle’ after birthday cancelled for the second time in history

THE Queen will get her own mini Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle, after her 94th birthday celebrations have been cancelled for only the second time in history, it has been claimed. 

Her Majesty turned 94 in April, but celebrates this annually in June with the large public event, with this year being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

In her 68-year reign, this is the only the second time Trooping the Colour has not gone ahead, with the first being in 1955 due to a national rail strike.

According to the Daily Mail, an “unprecedented miniature version is to go ahead after all, at Windsor on Saturday, June 13, Her Majesty’s official birthday.”

A source said: “The parade, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher, will involve a small contingent of men from his regiment, the Welsh Guards, accompanied by a rather diminished group of the massed Bands of the Household Division.

“There will, I’m told, be a Royal Salute to Her Majesty at 11am exactly, as there would have been on Horse Guards.”

They added that there will be “almost no spectators at the parade”, which will be held in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.

The publication said that there will be BBC coverage, but with no crowds watching, other than the people inside the castle. 

Spectators will include Prince Philip, who is to celebrate his 99th birthday three days before and is self-isolating with the Queen in the royal residence. 

It is not known if other members of the royal family will travel to watch as a social distance. 

A Palace spokesman is said to have confirmed: “There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen’s official birthday.”

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

We shared how the Queen may never return to royal duties as she won’t be safe in public ‘for years’ due to coronavirus.

Her granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding has also been hit by the coronavirus cancellations — as have annual social events loved by Her Majesty, including the Chelsea Flower Show, the Derby and Royal Ascot.

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