The Queen cut a lonely figure today as she stepped out in Windsor to celebrate an unusual Trooping the Colour. She normally celebrates her official birthday in London, where members of the Royal Family join the parade before gathering on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, though, mass gatherings have been banned so the usual pomp has been stripped bare.
However, as royal watchers miss the usually action-packed proceedings, unearthed reports reveal how Prince William was at the receiving end of his grandmother’s wrath in 2016.
As Princess Charlotte was held by mother Kate, William was looking after George.
Charlotte, who was making her Trooping the Colour debut, caused far less trouble than her older brother, though.
George stood at the front looking over the thousands of people gathered below as William crouched down to speak to his son.
The Queen, though, was far from impressed and lip-readers claim she demanded: “Stand up, William!”
He did as he was told and stood up immediately.
Trooping the Colour was particularly important in 2016 as it was the Queen’s 90th birthday.
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A statement released earlier this week by Buckingham Palace read: “The Queen will view a military ceremony in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday on Saturday 13th June, 2020.
“The ceremony will be executed by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who are currently on Guard at Windsor Castle, and feature music performed by a Band of the Household Division.
“Upon Her Majesty’s arrival in the Quadrangle, the Queen will be greeted by a royal salute.
“A series of military drills will then be carried out as the band plays, and the ceremony will conclude with a second salute before The Queen’s departure.”
The Queen and Prince Philip already stepped out in the Quadrangle earlier this month to take a picture marking the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday.
The royal couple have been self-isolating together at Windsor Castle since March 19.