The Queen

Welsh Guards Lead Queen's Official Birthday Celebrations

The Guards were accompanied by a Band of the Household Division for the ceremony.

The Welsh Guards have led the Queen's official birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.

The ceremony was staged in place of the traditional Trooping The Colour event.

The brief ceremony was held behind closed doors and followed social distancing rules.

The Queen took two royal salutes from soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards who are currently stationed at Windsor Castle.

The battalion's military flag was due to be trooped this year at the Queen's Birthday Parade on Horse Guards in Whitehall. 

When the Queen arrived at the castle’s quadrangle, she received a royal salute, followed by military drills and a musical performance by a Band of the Household Division.

The drills included the colour being paraded in front of the servicemen.

The ceremony ended with a second royal salute followed by the Guardsmen and the military musicians marching from the quadrangle.

Personnel mark Queen Victoria's birthday in Windsor in 1895
The last time Windsor hosted a birthday event for the sovereign was in 1895 for Queen Victoria (Picture: British Army).

A few days after lockdown was announced, Buckingham Palace said in line with Government advice, Trooping the Colour would “not go ahead in its traditional form” and a number of options were being considered.

The national tradition is held every year in June in celebration of the Queen's official birthday. 

It famously features a gathering of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to acknowledge the crowds in The Mall and watch a flypast.

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