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The Queen

The Queen oversees scaled back Trooping the Colour

The Queen, Trooping 2020
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The Queen has arrived for the scaled back version of Trooping the Colour which marks her official birthday this year. The parade is taking part at Windsor Castle.

Strict social distancing was in place as the very different Sovereign’s Birthday Parade got underway with the National Anthem.

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The scaled back ceremony, in which the Welsh Guards are trooping their colour, marks the Monarch’s official birthday.

The Queen, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, has been staying at Windsor Castle since mid March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Philip, who turned 99 three days ago, is understood to be watching events from inside the castle.

He will have witnessed a new practise for the parade as the troops ‘feathered’ away from one another as they turned to ensure they maintained social distancing.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.