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Queen played key role in organising special one-off Trooping the Colour royal performance

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Queen Elizabeth II played a key role in organising the incredible yet unusual Trooping the Colour performance which took place in the grounds of Windsor Castle this morning. The traditional military tribute usually takes place with thousands of soldiers and hundreds of horses. However, this year’s performance of Trooping the Colour took place under the coronavirus lockdown, meaning royal officials had to plan a remarkably different performance. 

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers revealed to Sky News that the Queen had played a key role in planning the event.

The Sky News host asked the royal expert: “She looks on very intently, and she doesn’t miss a beat, does she?

“I was interested in knowing how much she would have been involved in the planning of this event?”

Vickers responded: “I am sure she would have been consulted about it absolutely!” 

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Usually, 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses make their way down the Mall in London.

However, this morning the Welsh Guards were alone in their performance, accompanied by the music played by the band of the Household Division.

Social distancing was followed in line with the Government guidelines.

The soldiers stood 2.2 metres apart, measured by three turns of the garrison sergeant major’s pace stick.

He said that the Queen had been going about her routine “business as usual” under lockdown. 

Vickers added that it was great to see the Queen to such healthy shape and noted it was the first time the UK had seen her in a live broadcast since March. 

The biographer said: “We have seen her give addresses and heard calls she has made.

“But this was the first time we had seen the Queen live since the 9th of March when she went too the Commonwealth observance. 

“We want to know she is well and she looked fantastic.

“I know she has been riding her pony in the home park during lockdown. How many 94 year olds are riding at all?” 



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