Queen Elizabeth Attends 'Scaled Back' Trooping the Colour with a Smile on Her Face

Queen Elizabeth's official birthday celebrations had to be scaled back this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but at least they weren't canceled like in 2020.

Given the current situation and the lighter restrictions, 2021 Trooping the Colour has been dubbed "mini" but still managed to gather 274 people ) in comparison to 85 in the previous year) and 70 horses.

Although Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday is on April 21st, her official birthday is traditionally marked on the second Saturday of June each year.

Queen Elizabeth II during the Trooping the Colour ceremony marking her official birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England | Photo: Eddie Mulholland/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II during the Trooping the Colour ceremony marking her official birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England | Photo: Eddie Mulholland/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A FESTIVE DAY

The monarch took a little break from the G7 summit, where she had the opportunity to meet and greet several presidents and prime ministers to attend the ceremony in her honor.

The event took place on the grounds of Windsor instead of Central London. Despite the lighter restrictions, soldiers still had to comply with the mandatory social distancing during the celebrations.

Queen Elizabeth II during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark her Official Birthday in Windsor, England | Photo: Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark her Official Birthday in Windsor, England | Photo: Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Last year, after the cancelation of Trooping the Colour, the occasion was marked by a tribute performed by Welsh Guardsman and a band of the Household Division.

The ceremony was held a day before the expected arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden.

Queen Elizabeth II a the Trooping of the Colour military ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark her Official Birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England | Photo: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II a the Trooping of the Colour military ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark her Official Birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England | Photo: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images

However, this year Queen Elizabeth had the chance to see the F Company Scots Guards during the parade and even had a perfect view of the mounted regiments.

Always tapping her foot to the sound of the music playing, the 95-year-old saw the celebrations come to an end with a 41-gun salute and Red Arrows flying through the sky.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor, England | Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor, England | Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

A FIRST FOR THE MONARCH

This was Queen Elizabeth's first Trooping the Colour without her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away back in April at 99.

The ceremony was held a day before the expected arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and the U.S. First Lady Jill Biden will be hosted by the Monarch on Sunday, June 12.

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