Queen Elizabeth II’s celebration will look very completely different this 12 months.
The normal Trooping the Color parade, which honors the British monarch’s birthday, is not going to happen for a second 12 months in a row amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Following session with Authorities and different related events it has been agreed that The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, also referred to as Trooping the Color, is not going to go forward this 12 months in its conventional type in central London,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson advised Fox Information in an announcement Saturday.
“Choices for another Parade, within the quadrangle at Windsor Fortress, are being thought-about,” the assertion stated. “The annual Garter service, normally held in June, is not going to happen this 12 months.”
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One supply advised Fox Information the palace has at all times had security in thoughts. Elizabeth turns 95 on April 21.
“Having acquired recommendation from Authorities, Public Well being England and different related our bodies, it was clear that holding such a big scale occasion in central London, with the related crowds, journey and extra infrastructure required to make it compliant with COVID-19 steering, wouldn’t be doable this 12 months,” the insider shared.
Final 12 months, Elizabeth’s birthday was celebrated with a smaller ceremony than normal.
The extravagant show of pomp and pageantry, a spotlight of the royal calendar that sometimes attracts hundreds of vacationers to line the streets of central London, has solely been canceled as soon as earlier than throughout virtually 70 years of the queen’s reign — in 1955, throughout a nationwide rail strike.
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For 2020, a small variety of troopers and army musicians paid tribute to the monarch at Windsor Fortress. The queen acquired a royal salute, earlier than watching a show by troopers who marched on the citadel grounds in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
It was Elizabeth’s first official public look since lockdown measures have been imposed in March 2020.
Whereas Elizabeth’s birthday is in April, it has at all times been marked with the Trooping the Coloration parade in June. The “colours” discuss with the flags representing the completely different regiments of the British Military.
The monarch has been isolating at Windsor Fortress through the pandemic along with her husband Prince Philip, 99.
Fox Information’ Melissa Roberto and The Related Press contributed to this report.