Queen at Trooping The Colour 09062018 CREDIT MOD
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Queen's Official Birthday To Be Marked By 'Small' Military Ceremony

Her Majesty is expected to attend the ceremony which would be the first major royal event since lockdown began.

Queen at Trooping The Colour 09062018 CREDIT MOD

Windsor Castle is set to host a military ceremony to celebrate The Queen's official birthday.

As the UK begins to relax some of its coronavirus measures, Buckingham Palace has confirmed a "small" and "brief" ceremony will be conducted by military personnel. 

It is hoped Her Majesty will be able to attend the event in Berkshire where she has been shielding with the Duke of Edinburgh amid the pandemic.

The head of state was last seen at a major event on 9 March, marking the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Day service.

Royal Family members have since limited their public interaction to video call meetings with their charitable interests or frontline and key workers.

The event at Windsor Castle is set to replace the Trooping The Colour ceremony - the national celebration of the Queen’s official birthday which traditionally is staged every year in June.

In March, Buckingham Palace announced the military spectacle would "not go ahead in its traditional form" because of COVID-19 and that a number of options were being considered. 

Trooping The Colour famously features a gathering of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony to acknowledge thousands of spectators and watch a flypast.

Cover image: The Queen at the Trooping The Colour in 2018 (Picture: MOD).