Queen’s official birthday to be marked with military parade at Windsor

The Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated with a revised version of the Trooping the Colour ceremony staged at Windsor Castle.

The display of military pomp and pageantry will be held next Saturday in the castle’s quadrangle, and will be similar to last year’s event at the Berkshire residence dubbed “mini trooping”.

The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, will join the head of state for the ceremony and the Queen’s Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped through the ranks of guardsmen on parade.

Covid guidelines will be followed during the event which will incorporate many elements of the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade – as Trooping the Colour is also known – normally staged in central London.

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The Queen watching last year’s military ceremony that marked her official birthday (Paul Edwards/The Sun)

It will feature troops who have played an integral role in the NHS’ Covid-19 response and those who have been serving on military operations overseas.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The parade will be led by the Foot Guards, who will be joined in the Quadrangle by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

“Music will be played by a Massed Band of the Household Division, which will include 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.

“Upon the Queen and the Duke of Kent’s arrival in the Quadrangle, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be greeted by a royal salute, and the National Anthem.

“The parade will commence with the Musical Troop as the band plays. The Colour will then be trooped through the ranks, and the parade will conclude with a second royal salute.”