Queen Elizabeth celebrates custom birthday at Windsor Castle

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It is the second Saturday in June, which is traditionally the day of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. Normally thousands of people come to London to watch the traditional Trooping the Color military parade. But that was different this year.

The procession was dropped because of the corona pandemic. That had happened only once before in the 68 years that Elizabeth was on the throne, in 1955, when a national train strike threw a spanner in the works.

Instead, this morning the Queen only looked at a ceremonial tribute from the Welsh Guard in the courtyard of Windsor Castle. It is the first time since 1895 that the monarch’s birthday is celebrated at Windsor Castle. Then Queen Victoria was still on the throne.

Because of the coronavirus, Elizabeth has been staying at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip (99) for a few months. It was not seen today.

The Queen had her birthday on April 21, when she was 94. She always celebrates her birthday in June.

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