Trooping the Colour 2021 how to watch and see the Red Arrows flypast

The Trooping of the Colour is a key event in the calendar for The Queen, and has been part of the royal calendar for more than 260 years.

This will be one of the major events that The Queen will take part in since Prince Philip’s death earlier this year.

The palace has confirmed his Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, will accompany The Queen in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle on Saturday, June 12.

The event to mark the Queen’s 95th birthday will be behind closed doors for the second year in a row, due to coronavirus pandemic.

It will be smaller than usual and held in Windsor where the Queen has spent most of the lockdowns.

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What is Trooping the Colour?

The Trooping of the Colour is an annual event in June to mark The Queen’s official birthday.

More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part in the event – which concludes with the RAF Red Arrows flypast, watched by The Royal Family.

However, this year the event will happen with a reduced capacity for the second year running as part of a smaller ceremony at Windsor Castle due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic .

The parade will be led by the Foot Guards, who will be joined by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. They will be accompanied by a Massed Band of the Household Division, which will include 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.

After the bands have performed the Regimental Colour, a flag, is processed down the ranks of soldiers.

A 41 Gun Royal Salute will be fired from the East Lawn at Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday.

When is Trooping the Colour 2021?

It is the second year the event has taken place at Windsor Castle due to the coronavirus pandemic
It is the second year the event has taken place at Windsor Castle due to the coronavirus pandemic
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Trooping the Colour will be held at at Windsor Castle on Saturday, June 12 and begin at 10am.

The event usually takes place in Horse Guard’s Parade in Whitehall followed by a flypast at Buckingham Palace. But due to the coronavirus pandemic the event in 2021 will not go ahead in it’s traditional form, instead there will be a small event held in Windsor, similar to the occasion in 2020.

Trooping the Colour 2021 flypast

A flypast by the Red Arrows will form part of the celebrations for the Queen's official birthday
A flypast by the Red Arrows will form part of the celebrations for the Queen’s official birthday
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The Red Arrows will fly over Windsor Castle on Saturday, June 12 as part of the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.

Their route will see them fly over Goring, White Waltham and on to Windsor before heading towards Surrey and then Bournemouth.

The Red Arrows are expected to flypast Windsor Castle at 11.33am.

For the full route and timings click here.

How old is the Queen and when is her birthday?

Trooping the Colour marks Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
Trooping the Colour marks Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday
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The Queen celebrates two birthdays every year – an official one in June, usually on the second Saturday of the month – the other is her actual birthday on April 21.

This is mostly due to the fact that there will likely be better weather on her official birthday for celebrations.

She is celebrating her 95th birthday.

What time is Trooping the Colour on TV?

The event will be broadcast on BBC One from 10.15am until 11.45am. It will be available to watch on catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

People are asked not to make their way to Windsor for the event as it will be held behind closed doors with no members of the public.

There will be road closures around the town on Saturday morning. Thames Valley Police officers have been carrying our patrols ahead of the event.

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