Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during a ceremony to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday in London. Picture: Xinhua/Ray Tang
Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during a ceremony to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday in London. Picture: Xinhua/Ray Tang

PICS: Scaled-down ceremony to mark Queen Elizabeth's official birthday

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 13, 2020

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London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth viewed a socially-distanced military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark her official birthday on Saturday, after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the usual large parade of soldiers through central London.

It was the queen's first official public appearance since the country went into lockdown in late March.

The 94-year-old queen watched a series of drills by the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in the castle's quadrangle, instead of the Trooping the Colour event that traditionally marks the occasion.

The queen, who has been living with her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip at the castle west of London, has issued a number of rallying messages to the nation in the past three months, including televised addresses that have been a rarity during her 68-year reign.

Members of the Welsh Guards perform in a ceremony to mark the official birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Picture: Toby Melville/Pool via AP

But she had not been seen in public until Saturday, when dressed in a jade coat and wearing a diamond Welsh Guards brooch, she observed soldiers adhering to the 2-metre social distancing rule, and listened to music performed by a Band of the Household Division.

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is being marked with a special ceremony taking care for social distancing by everyone present amid the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Toby Melville/Pool via AP


Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle. Picture: Toby Melville/Pool via AP


Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle. Picture: Paul Edwards/Pool via Reuters

Earlier this week, Buckingham Palace released a new photograph of the royal couple to celebrate Philip's birthday. The gun salutes in London that normally celebrate that occasion were also cancelled.

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is being marked with a special ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen celebrates her 94th birthday this year. Picture: Toby Melville/Pool via AP

The queen's actual birthday is April 21, but her birthday is officially marked in June. 

Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 94th birthday this year. Picture: Toby Melville/Pool via Reuters
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