Queen confirms small military ceremony in Windsor to celebrate birthday – statement

Queen confirms small military ceremony in Windsor to celebrate birthday – statement

The Queen, 94, will watch the display from the quadrangle of her Berkshire residence, where she is spending the lockdown. Social distancing measures will be in place and the public is being asked not to gather.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen will view a military ceremony in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday on Saturday 13th June, 2020.

“The ceremony will be executed by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who are currently on Guard at Windsor Castle, and feature music performed by a Band of the Household Division.

“Upon Her Majesty’s arrival in the Quadrangle, the Queen will be greeted by a royal salute.

“A series of military drills will then be carried out as the band plays, and the ceremony will conclude with a second salute before The Queen’s departure.”

The Queen left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle in March.

She is spending the lockdown with Prince Philip, who turns 99 today, and a reduced household of around 20 staff.

A new picture of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was released to mark his June 10 birthday.

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Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the couple – who have been married for more than 70 years – have spent more time together during lockdown than they have in many years.

Philip has been enjoying much of his retirement from royal duties at his cottage, Wood Farm, on the Sandringham estate, while the Queen is usually at Buckingham Palace or Windsor.

Mr Little said: “This must be the longest they’ve been under the same roof for many years, I would say.

“But it’s an opportunity for them in their later years to reconnect.

“It is the perfect royal cocooning.”

The birthday photo follows the release of images of the Queen riding in the grounds of her Berkshire residence.

Published at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:13:00 +0000