An unprecedented "mini" version of the Queen's official birthday parade is set to take place

By Simon Perry
June 03, 2020 10:11 AM
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Queen Elizabeth will enjoy a small-scale ceremony to mark her official birthday after all.

The event on Saturday will replace the grand Trooping the Colour parade and fly-past over Buckingham Palace that was canceled due to the unprecedented lockdown and social distancing rules in place since the coronavirus pandemic.

Buckingham Palace confirms that a military salute will take place on June 13 at Windsor Castle, where the monarch has been isolating with husband Prince Philip since March 19.

“There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen’s official birthday," a Buckingham Palace spokesman tells PEOPLE.

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Trooping the Colour 2019
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The Queen will view the slimmed-down military ceremony from the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle. The ceremony will be led by a small contingent of the Welsh Guards and there will be a salute at 11 a.m. – as would have happened at the traditional Trooping the Colour.

Upon her arrival, 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.

The event will take place entirely within the confines of Windsor Castle, with no viewing positions for the public.

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Trooping the Colour 2018

Trooping the Colour typically sees hundreds of soldiers parading on what is the monarch's official birthday (her real birthday is in April).

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It will be a brief boost for the Queen, 94, who has had to cancel many of her favorite springtime events — like her garden parties at Buckingham Palace — because of the crisis.

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Queen Elizabeth rides her horse on the grounds of Windsor Castle
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Media arrangements for the military salute at Windsor Castle on June 13 are still be organized, but it is likely to be broadcast by the BBC.

The Queen – who has kept up with her duties as much as possible, talking with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and her Privy Council by phone — has also tried to stay as active as possible by riding her horses. This week, the palace allowed a photographer to capture her riding 14-year-old horse Fern on the grounds of the castle.