This year will be a platinum anniversary that will make history.
For the first time in 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II will not receive the royal salute during the Trooping the Color parade on June 2.
The event is part of the 96-year-old monarch’s upcoming platinum jubilee, a series of celebrations honoring her seven-decade reign and the Windsors who came before her, taking place from 2-5 June.
Trooping the Color refers to a military parade tied to the anniversary of the British monarchy entering its 260th year with the upcoming celebrations. Traditionally, the Queen took part in the Whitehall parade, either on horseback or, in later years, by carriage, to be greeted with a royal salute while conducting a symbolic inspection of the troops.
Instead, she receives her greeting by proxy – through her son and heir Prince Charles (73), daughter Princess Anne (71) and grandson Prince William (39).
Meanwhile, the Queen will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Color and a personal wave to the public, the Sunday Telegraph per Mirror reported. She is then joined by many of her close relatives, including her parade representatives and her spouse, Charles’ wife Camilla, 74; Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, 67; and Duchess Kate Middleton, 40, with her and Williams’ three children, George, 8, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4.
US-based Prince Harry, 37, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, and children Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months, are also expected to spectate at the parade and join the royal family during a thanksgiving service on St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 3rd.
Her Majesty’s embattled son Prince Andrew, 62, is not expected to officially arrive before Garter Day at Windsor Castle on March 13.
Royal insiders have suggested that this is a sign of the Queen’s advanced age. The announcement comes amid reports that she is experiencing “episodic mobility issues.” Concerns about her health recently surfaced when she tested positive for COVID-19 in February. She has since recovered from the virus.
She was also absent from the State Opening of Parliament on May 10, with Charles and William taking her place.
However, Queen Elizabeth did not miss the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 13 and on May 17 surprised royal fans at London’s Paddington Station, who came to see the unveiling of a brand new train terminal named in her honour.
A celebratory party will be held at Buckingham Palace on June 4th and will be attended by a host of megastars including Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Queen and Duran Duran.