Queen Elizabeth to Celebrate Official Birthday with Mini Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth will enjoy a small-scale ceremony to mark her official birthday later this month after all.

The occasion 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 now confirms that a military salute will take place on June 13 at Windsor Castle, where she 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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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.

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