The Queen stuns in blue as she marks official birthday with ‘scaled down’ Trooping the Colour event

The Queen has been photographed in a stunning blue outfit while watching a scaled down Trooping the Colour parade at Windsor Castle on Saturday 13 June.

The monarch wore a blue hat with a matching long jacket with a silver broach fastened to it.

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 94 in April, celebrated her official birthday in a very different fashion this year as the Trooping the Colour event is usually attended by the royal family, military soldiers and hundreds of spectators in central London.

Her Majesty was the only member of the royal family to attend the one-off occasion at Windsor Castle, after her husband Prince Phillip celebrated his 99th birthday earlier this week.

Strict social distancing rules were put in place as soldiers from the Welsh Guards unit were all stood at a distance of two metres apart as they marked the special occasion with a difference.

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The Welsh Guards, who marched in front of The Queen, had just two weeks to rehearse for the special event – which is usually prepared for months in advance.

Queen Elizabeth watched the ceremony in the Quadrangle, where the changing of the Guard is carried out when Her Majesty is in official residence.

The coronavirus lockdown cast doubt on this year's event, as The Queen has been forced to put her autumn diary engagements on hold, as well as cancelling garden parties and the Order of the Garter Service.

But, it was announced earlier this week that a miniature version of the ceremony will go ahead, sticking to the strict government guidelines.

Her Majesty has two birthdays, her actual birthday on 21 April is usually celebrated in private, with gun salutes around in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and the Tower of London marking the occasion publicly.

In line with royal tradition, Queen Elizabeth then celebrates her official birthday in June with the Trooping the Colour parade.

She is usually joined by other members of the Royal Family to watch the military parade, which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.

Each year, the Queen travels down the Mall in a royal procession with an escort from the Household Cavalry, before then inspecting the foot guards and horse guards in front of crowds of royal supporters.

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The royal family then usually gather for a public appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

But, this year the ceremony is being marked in a very different way as Her Majesty has replaced the celebrations with a 'miniature version' held at Windsor Castle, where she is currently staying.

The Queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip since the official lockdown began.

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