London: Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was marked on Saturday with a smaller ceremony than usual, as the annual Trooping the Colour parade was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts thousands of tourists to line the streets of central London, has only been cancelled once before during almost 70 years of the queen’s reign – in 1955, during a national rail strike.
This year, a small number of soldiers and military musicians paid tribute to the monarch at Windsor Castle. The queen received a royal salute, before watching a display by soldiers who marched on the castle grounds in accordance with social distancing rules.
It was the Queen’s first official public appearance since lockdown measures were imposed in March.