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Queen's Official Birthday: Military To Lead 2021 Celebrations At Windsor

The celebration at Windsor is instead of Trooping the Colour, which usually celebrates the monarch's official birthday.

The Queen's official birthday will be celebrated with a military parade at Windsor Castle next weekend.

On Saturday 12 June, a parade will be carried out in the Quadrangle by the Household Division, whose personnel passed an inspection in Hyde Park on Thursday for the event, while the Queen's Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped.

Her Majesty will be joined by HRH The Duke of Kent, who is Colonel of the Scots Guards, at the celebration.

Foot guards will lead the parade, joined by King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

A Massed Band of the Household Division will perform music, including members of 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.

The celebration at Windsor is instead of the Trooping the Colour, which usually celebrates the monarch's official birthday, but was cancelled in its "traditional form" for the second year in a row in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch: Household Cavalry personnel were inspected ahead of the Queen's birthday celebrations.

Next Saturday, the Queen and the Duke of Kent will be greeted in the Quadrangle with a royal salute and the national anthem will be played, before the parade.

The Colour will then be trooped through the ranks, and the parade will conclude with a second royal salute.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 41-gun royal salute from Windsor Castle's East Lawn.

The Queen's birthday event takes place two days after what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday.

At last year's official celebration, Her Majesty watched a brief ceremonial tribute by soldiers from the Welsh Guards in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The monarch took two royal salutes from soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, the first followed by military drills and a musical performance by a Band of the Household Division.

The ceremony ended with a second royal salute, followed by guardsmen and the military musicians marching from the castle's Quadrangle.

Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the Sovereign for more than 260 years.

Cover image: Queen Elizabeth II watches a ceremony in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle to mark her official birthday in 2020 (Picture: PA).