Major change to Queen's annual birthday event amid fears for her health

There will be one stark difference at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year as she will not be taking the royal salute at Trooping the Colour for the very first time.

Her Majesty, who has recently been suffering mobility issues, historically greets her personal troops every year to mark her official birthday on June 2.

This year, however, the 96-year-old monarch has reportedly made plans instead for Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne to receive the salute during a ride on the parade.

Queen Elizabeth II sits on a chair.
Queen Elizabeth II will not receive the salute during her birthday celebrations this year. Source: Getty

According to the Household Division on Horse Guards, the Queen is greeted by a royal salute during the Trooping of Colour event before she carries out an inspection of the troops.

The Queen then returns to Buckingham Palace to watch a Royal Air Force fly past from the balcony, accompanied by other members of the royal family.

The Sunday Times reports the Queen still however hopes to attend some of the ceremony.

It is believed the Queen may still travel to Buckingham Palace in the carriage and inspect the troops but may take a break from the ceremony before reappearing for the fly-past on the balcony.

In another plan reportedly being considered, the Queen will not inspect the troops and only appear for the fly-past.


It is a major shake-up to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with the Queen receiving the salute since she began her reign. The only other year she did not receive the salute was in 1955 due to the ceremony being cancelled.

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to attend the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it is believed they will not be standing alongside the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not join the Queen on the balcony for the Trooping the Colour. Source: Getty

A royal insider revealed Prince Harry and Meghan told the Queen they didn't want to be on the Buckingham Palace balcony at her Platinum Jubilee, however, the pair did insist on attending Her Majesty's Thanksgiving Service.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will return for the four-day party to celebrate the Queen's 70 years on the throne, with the pair also bringing their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months.

While the Queen's ruling that only working royals could appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony on June 2, Harry and Meghan's friend and biographer Omid Scobie denied the pair was "cut".


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