Queen will NOT receive Trooping the Colour salute for first time in 70 years during Platinum Jubilee celebrations

THE Queen will NOT receive a Trooping the Colour salute for the first time in nearly 70 years during her Platinum celebrations.

Her Majesty, 96, has attended the event to take the royal salute every year of her reign, except in 1955 when it was cancelled due to a national rail strike.


The Queen's birthday parade, known as Trooping The Colour, is a display of military pageantry involving 1,500 officers and soldiers and 250 horses from the Army's Household Division on Horse Guards Parade.

This year, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal are set to take the royal salute on horseback instead – because of the Queen's ongoing mobility issues.

The royal duties will be delegated to Charles, William and Anne during the military display at the Horse Guards Parade at the beginning of next month, the Sunday Times reports.

The Duke of Kent, 86, will also not be riding on horseback with them this year, as he traditionally has as colonel of the Scots Guards.

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Trooping marks the beginning of the national celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on June 2.

Her Maj will be at the event – but it's been modified with her comfort in mind.

She won't be on horseback, as she has been in the past, but instead, plans are being made to have her travel in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to inspect the troops.

For the last two years, she has been seated on a dais during the scaled-back Covid-restricted events.

Then it's hoped she'll appear on the traditional balcony moment with her family – not including Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, who have been barred from the event.

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Joining the Queen on the balcony will be the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Princess Royal.

The momentous line-up also includes the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

And they will stand alongside Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and the Wessexes' children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, for the historic occasion.

The Sussexes and the Duke of York will, however, still attend other events, but it is not yet known which.

Meanwhile, a six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft will complete the Queen's birthday parade as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace on June 2, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

The MoD said more than 70 aircraft, including the Red Arrows and aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world, would take part in the flypast.

This is more than three times the number which took part in the Queen's last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019.

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It will take six minutes to fly over the crowds on the Mall.

The display will include helicopters from the Royal Navy and the Army and RAF aircraft recently seen responding to events in Kabul, Ukraine and the pandemic.

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