Queen cuts a lonely figure as she watches cherished Trooping the Colour without any family

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II celebrated her official birthday at Windsor Castle without the company of her family.

The Queen stepped out of Windsor Castle to celebrate an unusual version of the Trooping the Colour ceremony. The monarch cut a lonely figure as she watched the Welsh Guards performing at the sound of the music played by the band of the Household Division. Among the notable absentees, there was Prince Charles, who has been the Colonel of the Guards wince 1975. 

The Queen usually celebrates her official birthday in London, where many members of the Royal Family join the parade before gathering on the iconic balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The official ceremony usually features a flypast and thousands of soldiers, horse-drawn carriages and royal fans gathered outside the palace to celebrate the Queen.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, mass gatherings have been banned for the time being.

This made it impossible for the palace to carry on with the parade in its traditional form. 

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The Queen attending the Trooping the Colour parade (Image: BBC)

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The Queen watched the ceremony in the company only of an equerry and an aide (Image: BBC ONE)

But, not to let the monarch’s official birthday go unnoticed, officials devised an alternative, smaller version of Trooping the Colour, taking place in Berkshire and close to the public.

Buckingham Palace detailed the programme of today in a statement released earlier this week. 

It read: “The Queen will view a military ceremony in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday on Saturday 13th June, 2020.

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Guards are social distancing during the parade (Image: BBC ONE)

“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.”

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The Queen is self isolating at Windsor Castle (Image: BBC ONE)

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The Queen smiled as she watched the parade (Image: BBC ONE)

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The Queen watched the show with her aides (Image: BBC ONE)

Despite being only in the company of her equerry and an aide, during the ceremony, the monarch appeared to be enjoying the show. 

The monarch was caught on camera smiling as the Welsh Guards performed their first-ever social-distanced show. 

The Queen looked particularly impressed as the Guards performed a spin wheel, turning 180 degrees while maintaining a two-metre distance. 

Among those who planned this special show there is Lance Corporal Chusa Siwale, 29, originally from Zambia.  

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The Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 (Image: EXPRESS)

The guardsman, whose regiment is part of the Household Division, said it was a “huge privilege” to be given the key role performing the Drummer’s Call, during a “very difficult” time for the country.

He told the BBC: “Only four weeks ago I was involved with testing key workers for Covid-19 as part of the Welsh Guards’ contribution to the battle against the virus; now I am on parade performing in front of Her Majesty.

“This is a very proud day for me.”

The Queen is believed to have played a role in the organisation of the ceremony. 

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The Queen is self isolating at Windsor Castle (Image: BBC ONE)

The Sky News host asked royal expert Hugo Vickers: “She looks on very intently, and she doesn’t miss a beat, does she?

“I was interested in knowing how much she would have been involved in the planning of this event?”

Mr Vickers responded: “I am sure she would have been consulted about it absolutely!” 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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