Will Trooping the Colour take place in 2021?

The royal event was cancelled last year

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It's the biggest event in the royal calendar, but last year, due to coronavirus, Trooping the Colour was cancelled. So will it take place this year? 

The tradition of Trooping the Colour was started in 1748 by King George II to celebrate his birthday. He was born in November, but chose June for the weather. 

While royals since have carried on the tradition - using the event to celebrate their 'official birthday' in June. The Queen's real birthday is actually in April. 

So, royal fans will be excited to hear that Trooping the Colour is planned to go ahead this year. However, they have indicated that it is dependent on 'the national situation' - referring to coronavirus.  While, if it does go ahead strict social distancing will be in place because of  Covid-19. 


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The ticketed-only event, on the 12th June, takes place on Horse Guards Parade and sees the Queen leave Buckingham Palace in a carriage to make her way through the Mall towards Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, where she receives a royal salute from parade soldiers.

This year there is due to be 1450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with up to 400 musicians from the Massed Bands. While 240 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will line The Mall. Once the Foot Guards have marched past, the Queen returns to the Palace where she is joined on the balcony by members of the royal family.

If you were hoping to get a ticket to this years event you'll be disappointed as, due to last years cancellation, those who had tickets from the ballot to watch the event in 2020 will be given priority for this years Trooping the Colour.

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As part of the celebration - the event also sees a spectacular military flyover, where fighter jets shoot colourful streams of red, white, and blue smoke.

In 2019, the last time it took place, we saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took centre-stage, while their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte stole the show too.

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The tiny members of the royal family looked up in awe as the jets flew past, while at one point the sound got too much for Charlotte as she put her hands over her ears.

Two years ago Harry and Meghan, who had just had their first son Archie, were also present on the balcony, along with Prince Charles and other members of the royal family.

Sarah Finley

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