Queen to pay touching, subtle Philip tribute at ‘scaled-down’ birthday ceremony

The Queen is set to honour her late husband Prince Philip on her official birthday on Saturday, royal experts have said.

Every year the Queen has the chance to celebrate her birthday twice – once in April and again in June.

Her official birthday in June is marked by the annual Trooping the Colour parade – which will be scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The parade is normally performed by regiments of the British Army and sees The Queen being greeted by a royal salute before carrying out an inspection of the troops.

And according to two royal commentators, Her Maj is sure to honour her late husband Prince Philip on the day, following his death in April this year.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams, former editor of The International Who's Who, told the Daily Star: "The scaled-down ceremony at Windsor will undoubtedly contain a tribute to Prince Philip.

"In 1972 there was an Act of Remembrance at the Trooping the Colour for the Duke of Windsor, who had ruled as Edward VIII for 11 months.

"There was a roll of black draped drums, a minute’s silence and the bagpipe lament 'Flowers of the Forest'.

"On Saturday they are certain to honour the Queen’s 'strength and stay' who was Colonel of the Grenadier Guards for 42 years."

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Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, a US website focused on news about the monarchy, believes the Queen is "going to miss Philip" during the ceremony, but will also honour him in her own sweet way.

She told the Daily Star: "The Queen is all about duty so she knows Trooping is an important duty for her.

"Of course, she's going to miss Philip. That is only natural and expected.

"She may wear a brooch or something that Philip gave her to give a nod to him and honour his memory."

Normally, April 21, which is the Queen's real birthday, is marked by gun salutes in both Hyde Park and the Tower of London – but this was cancelled as the Queen continued to mourn her husband.

But as well as celebrating her real birthday, the Queen has a public celebration on the second Saturday of June every year.

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The tradition of having double birthday celebrations for the Monarch was started by King George II in 1748.

The then-Monarch was born in November, which is not a good time for weather in the UK.

But the King still wanted to have a big celebration where the public could come outside and enjoy the day.

So he decided to combine it with an annual military parade that took place in the summer – known as the Trooping of the Colour.

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This year's Trooping of the Colour will be scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic, with The Duke of Kent taking Prince Philip's place during the ceremony.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace confirmed: "The Queen will view a military parade in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty's Official Birthday, on Saturday 12 June.

"The parade will be held by the Household Division, and The Queen's Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped.

"His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, will accompany The Queen."

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