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Queen Elizabeth's Annual Birthday Parade 'Trooping the Color' Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Odette Odendaal
Mar 31, 2020
04:30 A.M.
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The revision of Queen Elizabeth's summer diary due to the coronavirus pandemic leads to the cancelation of her annual birthday parade - the latest in a string of affected events this summer. 


Following Government advice, Buckingham Palace announced that Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade will reportedly not take place as per usual this year.

Senior members of the royal family stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour on June 11, 2016, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.



In the statement shared by Rebecca English from The Daily Mail, the palace said that they are exploring other options within limits, as it read:

"Trooping the Colour will not go ahead in its traditional form. A number of other options are being considered, in line with relevant guidance."

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday on June 12, 2016, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.



The coronavirus pandemic already saw to the cancelation of the Japanese state visit in addition to the Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel and the Buckingham Palace royal garden parties.

The weekly Changing of the Guard at the palaces have stopped for the time being, and Princess Beatrice had to cancel her Buckingham Palace wedding reception as well.


Slated to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29 at the Chapel Royal in London, it will depend on the virus whether the couple will hold a small ceremony instead. 


Even though the Queen's birthday is on April 21, centuries of monarchs officially celebrated the occasion during warmer months more suitable for being outdoors - hence the reason for Trooping the Colour initially scheduled on Saturday, June 13.


Turning 94 this year, the Queen's birthday won't be the joyous celebration of last year when other senior members of the royal family joined her on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the fly-past. 


The Queen is already at Windsor Castle in self-isolation after leaving Buckingham Palace on March 19, a week earlier than her usual trip to Berkshire for Easter.

Prince Philip joined her on the estate the same day after being flown in via helicopter from Wood Farm in Sandringham, and the Queen is expected to stay at the estate well beyond the Easter period.


Last week saw the announcement of UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's positive coronavirus test results. 

In the video the PM shared on social media, he shared that he developed "mild symptoms" which included cough and fever, but assured that he would continue the government's fight against the disease while remaining in self-isolation.


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