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Queen Elizabeth's special guests at Trooping the Colour

Queen Elizabeth's special guests at Trooping the Colour”

The Queen and Prince Philip relocated to Windsor during lockdown, and Buckingham Palace recently released a new photograph of Her Majesty and Philip in the grounds of Windsor Castle to mark his 99th birthday.

The Queen celebrates her birthday twice a year. But the jewelry that completed the look was something of a surprise.

The annual Trooping the Colour ceremony is, by name and by nature, a chance for The Queen to showcase some of her brightest outfits. Per royal jewelry blog the Court Jeweller, it "was likely made from a pendant given to the Queen's aunt, Princess Mary, in 1922".

Soldiers from the Welsh Guards adhered to social distancing guidelines as an alternative to the usual Trooping the Colour celebration in central London. The Band of the Household Division was also present to perform a feature music. The 94-year-old monarch celebrated it with a modified socially distanced ceremony.

Getty Images Prince Philip was absent from the Queen's paired-down birthday parade at Windsor Castle this weekend because he retired from public duties in 2017.

Following this, blogger and royal fan Gert's Royals took to Twitter to share his observation as he pointed out that Her Majesty had company throughout the celebration.

The Queen's birthday celebration is usually a chance for the public to see the Royal family
The Queen's birthday celebration is usually a chance for the public to see the Royal family

This was the first time Her Majesty has appeared publicly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

An event like this marking the sovereign's birthday has not been staged at Windsor since 1895, when a ceremony was held in honour of Queen Victoria.

A general view of Trooping The Colour, the Queen's birthday ceremony at Windsor Castle on 13 June 2020 in Windsor.

This year was noticeably different, with only a small number of people invited to mark the monarch's birthday, which is celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year.

On the warm summer's day she wore a Stewart Parvin outfit in muted jade, a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat and the brooch of the Welsh Guards - a diamond leek.

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