Trooping the Colour: How the Queen's annual birthday parade will differ in 2020

The Queen, Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips and Prince George at Trooping the Colour 2018 [Photo: PA]

The second Saturday in June marks the Queen's official birthday, and is usually when the Trooping the Colour ceremony takes place in London.

The Royal Family would be out in force, enjoying a carriage ride and military spectacle before watching a fly past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

But like many things in 2020, coronavirus has impacted usual plans. This year, there won't be a large parade, and it won't even be held in London.

Instead, a much smaller version of the event will take place on 13 June in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Prince Philip have been in isolation since the middle of March.

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Queen Elizabeth II rides Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park over the weekend. The Queen has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth II rides Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park over the weekend. The Queen has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 1/4/2002 of Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter, the Princess Royal, riding near Windsor Castle. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 19/6/1975 of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne riding at Ascot. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 8/6/1982 of US President Ronald Reagan goes riding in Windsor Home Park while staying as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
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EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 21/4/2003 of Queen Elizabeth II going riding with an unidentified groom in the grounds of Windsor Castle on her 77th birthday. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
File photo dated 11/06/60 of Queen Elizabeth II riding her horse during the Trooping the Colour. It is the Queen's 94th birthday on Tuesday, but she actually has two birthdays. A Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 21, 2020. The PA news agency answers the questions surrounding the Queen having more than one birthday. See PA story ROYAL Queen QandA. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Granddaughter Zara Phillips (right) waves to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she goes riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle on her 77th birthday. * A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Queen would be spending the day privately with the Duke of Edinburgh and other family and friends.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre) rides with her daughter, the Princess Royal (left) and an unidentified aide near Windsor Castle. The coffin of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died Saturday aged 101, will be brought from WIndsor later Tuesday to London.
Queen Elizabeth II salutes as she leaves Buckingham Palace on horseback for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, which marks her official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II riding her horse Burmese during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which marks her official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, on Burmese, leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in celebration of her official birthday. The Queen is wearing the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Guards.
Queen Elizabeth II out for a New Year's Eve ride at Sandringham with a member of her household.
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the uniform of the Grenadier Guards, leaves Buckingham Palace to take the salute at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. Accompanying her are (l-r) the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, and the Duke of Kent.
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by Crown Prince Akihito of Japan and Crown Princess Michiko on the course at Ascot.
The Queen and Princess Anne riding at Ascot, where they were later among the Royal spectators on Gold Cup day.
Queen Elizabeth II, in Jodpurs, talks to Princess Anne on Doublet, where she was competing in the Windsor Horse Trials at Smith's Lawn in Windsor Great Park.
A 'well done' pat for Doublet as the Queen congratulates Princess Anne and her mount after they had taken fifth place in the Badminton Horse Trials.
Queen Elizabeth II at the Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, taking the salute as the Guards march past outside Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade. Both mounts are Metropolitan Police horses. The Queen is on Doctor and the Duke is on Neill.
The Queen riding side-saddle as she returns to Buckingham Palace, London, after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, on the Metropolitan Police horse Doctor, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade in London.
Queen Elizabeth II riding at Ascot with members of her Windsor Castle house party for the Royal Ascot race meeting. Extreme left is the Duke of Beaufort, Master of the Horse.
Queen Elizabeth II galloping on a grey horse named 'Surprise' on Ascot racecourse.
Queen Elizabeth II riding on the racecourse before the opening of the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting. She took part in an unofficial 'race' and finished fourth to other members of her party of seven.
Queen Elizabeth II riding on the racecourse before the opening of the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting. She took part in an unofficial 'race' and finished fourth to other members of her party of seven.
Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Princess Margaret go out for their morning ride in Badminton Great Park before the start of the day's events in the Badminton Horse Trials.
Queen Elizabeth II, riding her police horse 'Imperial', on her way down The Mall to the Horse Guards Parade and the Trooping the Colour Ceremony.
Dressed against the rain, the Queen, right, and Princess Margaret leave Badminton House with the Duke of Beaufort for a ride through Badminton Great Park.
The march past at Buckingham Palace, with Queen Elizabeth II, riding police horse Imp, taking the salute at the gate, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony. The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, left, on horseback with Princess Margaret at the British Horse Society's three-day trials, which opened at Badminton.
The march past at Buckingham Palace, with Queen Elizabeth II, riding police horse Imp, taking the salute at the gate, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony. On the right is the Duke of Edinburgh (on white horse). The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, riding her horse Winston, taking the salute at Horse Guards Parade. On the left is the Duke of Edinburgh, in Field Marshall uniform, and extreme left is the Duke of Gloucester in the uniform of the Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Guards.
Riding aide-saddle and wearing the uniform of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Princess Elizabeth accompanied the King to the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, London. For the first time since before the war the Guards and Household Cavalry wore their full dress uniforms for the traditional ceremony, which brought a welcome splash of colour to an otherwise dull day. Owing to his recent illness, the King, in honour of whose official birthday the parade is held, drove from Buckingham Palace in an open landau, from which he afterwards inspected the parade. The new Colour of the Welsh Guards, presented to them by the King last month, was trooped at the ceremony. Picture Shows: Princess Elizabeth on the return journey to Buckingham Palace, approaching the Queen Victoria Memorial. Beside her in the uniform of Colonel of the Scots Guards, is the Duke of Gloucester.
Her royal highness Princess Elizabeth rides side-saddle behind her the father, The King, at her first Trooping of the Colour since she was made Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
The Princesses enjoyed an off-duty break from the royal tour of South Africa when they went riding on the golden sands of Bonza Beach, East London, Princess Elizabeth (centre) is riding Yvonne Hayhoe's 'Jill" while Princess Margaret rides 'Treasure' owned by Pat O'Reilly of East London, who is seen escorting the Princesses.
Princess Elizabeth spending her 7th birthday riding her favourite pony in Windsor Great Park.
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in the garden of their wartime country residence (Windsor), where they are staying during the Second World War. In view of the need for saving petrol, their Royal Highnesses' ponycart has again been brought in to use.
The first photograph of Princess Elizabeth riding a horse, in the grounds of Windsor Castle 1930.
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The Queen turned 94 on 21 April, but her official celebrations continue a tradition set by King George II who took the military parade to mark his birthday when his November birthday was often blighted by rain.

What happens at Trooping the Colour?

The Household Division's website explains: "Regimental flags of the British Army were historically described as 'Colours' because they displayed the uniform Colours and insignia worn by the soldiers of different units.

"If Troops were to know what their Regiment's Colours looked like, it was necessary to display them regularly.

"The way in which this was done was for young officers to march in between the ranks of troops formed up in lines with the Colours held high.

"This is the origin of the word 'trooping'."

The Household Division march down the Mall, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony [Photo: PA]

More than 1400 parading soldiers, almost 300 horses and 400 musicians take part in the event.

The parade starts at Buckingham Palace and progresses down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade. Members of the Royal Family travel alongside the parade on horseback and in carriages.

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The Queen on horseback in the 1980s during Trooping the Colour [Photo: PA]

The Queen used to attend on horseback herself, but in recent years has travelled by carriage. She last rode on horseback in 1986.

Once the Queen has arrived at Horse Guard's Parade, Her Majesty is greeted by a royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops.

The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

What's happening in 2020?

The Queen will view a small military ceremony in the quadrangle of the castle on 13 June, the same day the event would have been held in London.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The ceremony will be executed by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who are currently on Guard at Windsor Castle, and feature music performed by a Band of the Household Division.

"Upon Her Majesty's arrival in the Quadrangle, The Queen will be greeted by a Royal Salute. A series of military drills will then be carried out as the Band plays, and the ceremony will conclude with a second Salute before The Queen's departure."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and US President Donald Trump (CR) and US First Lady Melania Trump (CL) stand on the dias facing an honour guard formed of soldiers of the Coldstream Guards during a ceremonial welcome in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on July 13, 2018 on the second day of Trump's UK visit. - US President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, plunging the transatlantic "special relationship" to a new low as they prepared to meet Friday on the second day of his tumultuous trip to Britain. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

The ceremony will use the guards already at the castle to help with social distancing and to prevent any unnecessary journeys.

A colour will still be paraded as part of the military drills.

The ceremony will take place entirely in the confines of the castle, and there won't be any viewing spots for the public.

It's therefore highly unlikely that there will be any other members of the Royal Family present.

Who attends?

This year, 2020, it's thought the Queen won't have anyone with her, with her family scattered far and wide, and the ceremony purposefully held somewhere where it won't be possible to allow others in to view.

It all has to be run in a way that adheres to social distancing rules, to keep the Queen safe.

Most years, the Queen is joined by members of the Royal Family during the parade and later on the balcony to watch the RAF fly-past.

The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children have all previously been among the attendees. Prince Louis made his balcony debut in 2019, and his older sister Princess Charlotte was one when she first attended.

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Meghan, pictured at last year's parade, is expected to make her first public appearance since having her baby [Photo: PA]

In 2019, the Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance since the birth of her son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was thought she and Prince Harry were planning to fly back to the UK for the event this year.

The Queen's large extended family also joins the close family on the balcony.

How to watch

The ceremony will also be broadcast live on BBC One from 10:30am in the UK.

Usually, members of the public can watch the parade from The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards..

If you want to attend in 2021, applications for Trooping the Colour are to be made via the Army website early next year. Up to a maximum of four tickets can be applied.

Anyone with a ticket for this year can expect a refund, but the Army has asked for patience as they deal with the refund procedure.

-This article first appeared on Yahoo

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