A scaled-down ceremony at Windsor marks Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday

Britain's monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated her 94th birthday in a low-key events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, at Windsor Castle.

This year marks only the second time in the Queen's 68-year reign that the grand Trooping of the Colour parade in London has not gone ahead. It last had to be cancelled in 1955, three years after the Queen's coronation, due to a national rail strike in the country.

No 'Trooping of the Colour'

The official birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated with a grand Trooping of the Colour event every year during the second weekend of June, was marked with a new low-key ceremony on Saturday as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Windsor Castle

The queen, who turned 94 in April, was honoured on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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A low-key event

A small number of Welsh Guardsmen and military musicians gathered in the grounds of Windsor castle to mark the event with a royal salute for the monarch, followed by military drills and then a march on the castle grounds.

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Social distancing

The Guardsmen and the musicians observed the two-metre social distancing norms in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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Lack of crowd

Traditionally, guardsmen stand shoulder-to-shoulder during their drills or when formed up on the parade ground. The annual ceremony also usually brings together all the senior royals to Buckingham Palace, from where they watch the display.

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