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The Queen's Official Birthday

  • 2020
  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual

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Huw Edwards introduces coverage of a ceremony marking the Queen's official birthday, staged at Windsor Castle due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Last June, the Queen stood on a dais at Horseguards Parade to watch the Trooping of the Colour, after which the royal family crowded onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to enjoy an RAF flypast. Not this year. For only the second time in her reign, the traditional celebration of the Queen’s official birthday has been cancelled (it wasn’t held in 1955 because of a train strike).

However, there will be some pomp and pageantry – albeit on a smaller scale – in the grounds of Windsor Castle. There will be no crowds to cheer the parade of the Welsh Guards and the massed Bands of the Household Division, although we may see Her Majesty peeking through the curtains to get a glimpse of the celebrations.

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