For the second year in a row, the Queen’s official birthday was marked by an event dubbed a mini Trooping the Color at Windsor Castle.
The pandemic has meant that the military commemoration of the monarch’s official birthday was held in the quadrangle of his Berkshire home.
This is only the third time that the event has been held in Windsor.
The Duke of Kent, Colonel of the Scots Guards, joined the Head of State for the ceremony, with the F Scots Guards Company performing the parade with a flag, or standard – to which the term “color” means reference – front of the monarch, in their brightly colored uniforms and bearskin hats.
Shortly after 11 a.m., the Queen walked to a small marquee, where she received the salute after musicians from the assembled party performed the national anthem.
Sky commentator Alistair Bruce said: “It has been many years since the Scots Guards… who make up the company today, had the chance to wear their color in front of Her Majesty The Queen.
“For much of this year, we wondered if this opportunity would present itself. COVID has restricted so much but today, as we can see, each of these guards is two meters apart from each other in accordance with these safety rules.
“The music has been carefully thought out and prepared.”
After the Queen gave her permission for the guards to resume their duties at the end of the half-hour ceremony, the mounted regiments marched past her, before two simultaneous rounds scheduled for noon, one at Windsor and the other in Greenwich.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-12 08:51:00