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Royal shock: Why Prince Philip missed the Queen's birthday parade – Trooping the colour

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This year’s minature parade took place at Windsor Castle. However, due to COVID-19, members of the Royal Family were unable to attend, leaving the Queen to make a rather lonely appearance.

This year the majority of the Royal Family had to watch the annual Trooping the colour celebration on TV alongside the rest of the nation.

William and Kate could not be there to make their usual drive by in the carriage or balcony wave.

Usually, the royals travel in procession via horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

Extended members of the family will then stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet crowds and watch the spectacular RAF flypast.

Prince Philip

A notable figure who was missing on the day is Her Majesty’s husband Prince Philip (Image: PA)

Queen and Prince Philip

This year wasn’t the first time Philip missed Her Majesty’s official celebration (Image: GETTY)

However, another notable figure who was missing on the day is Her Majesty’s husband Prince Philip.

Even though the 99-year-old is currently residing at Windsor Castle with his wife, Philip didn’t attend the ceremony because he retired from royal duties back in 2017.

At the time, Buckingham Palace released a statement, which read: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year.

“In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of the Queen…

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Queen and Prince Philip

Philip didn’t attend the ceremony because he retired from royal duties back in 2017 (Image: GETTY)

“The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organizations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.”

Of course, this year wasn’t the first time Philip missed Her Majesty’s official celebration.

Following his retirement from royal duties, he attended his final Trooping the Colour in 2017.

While the Duke was not meant to attend this year, a young Prince George and Princess Charlotte would have made their debut this year.

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Due to COVID-19, members of the Royal Family were unable to attend this year (Image: GETTY)

Trooping the colour

This year the majority of the Royal Family had to watch the annual Trooping the colour celebration on TV alongside the rest of the nation (Image: GETTY)

Prince William was weeks away from his 5th birthday when he made his royal carriage debut in 1987, alongside Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and the Queen Mother.

Similarly, Prince Harry was almost five when he was first part of the procession in 1989.

It was believed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte might also appear in their first carriage procession this Saturday, with Prince George, the eldest Cambridge child now six years old, and his sister five.

The little royals were expected to make their debut last year, but Kate instead rode alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Royal Family Tree

Royal Family Tree (Image: EXPRESS)

The crowds did get to see Prince Louis make his first balcony appearance in 2019, as he adorably waved at the fly-past.

Royal fans can only hope George and Charlotte will make their carriage debut next year when normality is restored.

However, Trooping the Colour was adapted to adhere to to the government guidelines on social distancing.

While the event still went ahead this year, it was in a different format.

Trooping the colour

It was believed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte might also appear in their first carriage procession on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

Her Majesty viewed a military ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.

The ceremony was executed by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who are currently on guard at Windsor Castle, and featured music performed by a Band of the Household Division.

Upon her arrival in the Quadrangle, the Queen was greeted by a Royal Salute.

A series of military drills were then carried out as the band played, and the ceremony concluded with a second salute before the Queen made her departure.



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