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The Queenโ€™s Official Birthday 2020 ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ‚ - BBC

welcome to Windsor for this celebration

of the sovereigns official birthday and

given the extreme circumstances of

recent months it's an event that few

believed would happen it won't be the

grand parade that were used to seeing

every year it's a smaller scale event

very much a personal tribute by the

soldiers of the household division it'll

be just as enjoyable so stay with us for

the Queen's official birthday

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it is a beautiful day in Windsor and

what we have today in essence is a

rather elaborate version of a familiar

event at the castle here the changing of

the guard

carefully adapted this year to provide a

birthday tribute for Her Majesty the

Queen as the current Windsor Castle

guard the first Battalion Welsh Guards

are leading today's ceremony they're

engaged right now in the final

preparations final few minutes it's been

a very different event to the one that

they had been expecting to lead today on

Horse Guards in London for the

full-scale parade but the crisis caused

by the pandemic made that impossible so

the Queen agreed to a more modest event

with some lovely music of course as

usual here at Windsor now it's been a

very busy three months for the armed

forces including the Welsh Guards who

have stepped in to help the efforts to

contain the pandemic so they've had just

a few weeks to prepare for today and the

event of course is even more challenging

because of the demands of social

distancing we can see the distancing in

evidence here with the bands and those

rules apply to all of us here today

now very soon the guards and the band

will all march towards that magnificent

round tower and into the quadrangle

beyond magnificent sight bathed in

sunshine today to pay their birthday

tribute to the Queen so we're looking

forward as usual to some impressive

drill to some rosy marches and some

great Welsh tunes in the mix I have two

experts with me to shed more light on

what's going on to add their thoughts on

today's event

Colonel Hugh bot Eaton who served with

the Welsh Guards from 1981 retired from

the Army after 35 years service as chief

of staff London district so he knows the

household division inside out and I'm

also delighted to welcome once again the

distinguished Royal commentator author

and Daily Mail writer Robert Hardman

gentlemen it's good to have you with us

a warm welcome and Hugh different

circumstances today but the same high

standards yes you thank you same high

standards required we're looking forward

to every little bit of this the whole

event seeing Her Majesty in a 94th year

at the timeless setting listening to the

Welsh music The Foot Guards drill on

this 200th anniversary of such an annual

national event and Robert I suppose it's

worth saying that it's remarkable that

this is happening at all indeed Hugh

until some days ago I don't think we

even expected this event but it's been

such a time of upheaval I think so many

people will find it reassuring today to

see winds are looking so spectacular and

let's don't forget to see the Queen in

action fulfilling an engagement live as

it were for the first time really since

March the 9th well it's nearly three

months since that lockdown was announced

and the national crisis has forced

changes in so many areas of life

and for the guards here today it meant

being on the front line in a different

way facing a deadly new enemy we found

out the battalion was going to be

treating the color sometime again to be

able to command a parade is a huge

privilege my father was in the wash

guards back in the 80s and 90s I went

when I was about five years old to get

watching my first troop ever since then

it's always something I've wants to do

when it was announced that I was gonna

be ensign is very proud nerd two weeks

after finding out that I was the ensign

also found out that the trooping wasn't

gonna happen

Prime Minister has announced a drastic

new measures to tackle the corona virus

after a toll of kovat 19 when starkly

highlighted in the passing of a Grimm

whilst the number of deaths has gone

over 40,000 I got told that we were

going to be taken off public duties and

then set up to help the national fight

against the cave advise small team went

to support testers chessington we were

trained and tested and then became

testers ourselves so initially we tested

members the NHS and then the government

opened up then to the wider public

uppers of a thousand people a day coming

through dealing with this current

situation has hit every strata of

society this was something that was

affecting all of us all of our families

it had an impact across the board

my wife is Indiana's chest she's a

practice manager in in Aldershot Med

Center it is a worry pretty stressful

time for things changing

second-by-second but to be shoulder to

shoulder and working with the NHS staff

and other civilian organizations has

been a really good experience for the

men and women

I've named for about three weeks now

that we might be able to do a parade of

some sorts we've had two weeks to

prepare normally do 2.2 training months

in advance this parade is very different

to what we'd normally do is conducted on

grass and most uniquely of all it is

socially distanced that is the hardest

thing we've got to get across to the

guys now they're used to being an arm's

distance away from each other so as you

can imagine sort of almost double or

treble a distance has been difficult and

the way we've done that is by use of a

pay stick initially it was a bit weird

having to keep three paces between

everyone but now we've been doing it for

lost two weeks it's become normal

there's every young ghazals dream to

treat their regimental collar in front

of the Queen normally I would receive it

from the regimental saw major and they

didn't fart in front of the majesty I

now carry on the column myself and they

march it through without doing a

flourish it's one less thing to mock up

commanding a battalion is a huge

privilege and I'll be incredibly proud

on the day to be standing in front of

Welsh Guardsmen and recognise everything

that the army and wider services are

done in support of the national fight

against david 19 just an insight into

the activity of the past few months

there and a point we make every year as

we look ahead to the parade is that the

ceremonial skills of the very smart

troops of the household division that we

can see here today in windsor that

shouldn't blind us to the fact that

these are very much fighting soldiers

and their regimental records tell their

own story and hue we often talk about

this dual role the ceremonial and the

operational but we're also talking today

about the skills that men and women have

put in two different spheres of activity

yes the dual role is our identity it's

our res on - we are we are well known

for both and both contain as we can see

many different possible

for kovat 19 the Welsh Guards have had

to adapt by reorganizing retraining

equipping in order to reinforce

nationwide under the joint military

command London they have prepared for

these eventualities and are able to

react 24/7 and both roles as you can see

complement each other some of the final

inspections taking place making sure

that everything is absolutely perfect

extremely high standards for all the

four guard regiments as we know Welsh

Guards not being an exception and for

the man lead in the Welsh Guards today

getting this event ready in record time

a major challenge for Lieutenant Colonel

Henry so well inertia the field officer

in Brigade waiting he's been talking to

my colleague Sonali Shan left-hand

Colonel we've seen the Welsh Guards

assisting the NHS and others in the

national effort has there been an extra

sense of pride because it's all been

happening on home soil yeah a huge

amount of pride to be able to play our

part in the support to the NHS and

indeed some of the other agencies out

there in the fight against of RSC new

particularly important for us to be able

to help in London and support wherever

we can you haven't had long to get ready

for today's event and in that short time

you've had to learn a new way of doing

things as well as adhering to social

distancing rules will there be different

nerves this time well I think we know we

we train we train to train the nerves

out we've trained pretty hard for the

last three weeks but undoubtedly

there'll be a few out there who are you

know the occasion adds a little bit to

it so there will be some out there who

are got a few notes but you know I have

every confidence that the profession of

the boys and girl on parade will be will

be spot on well today mean for the

guards themselves that means an awful

lot to all of us near the the honor and

the privilege to be able to troop on

color and to be able to mark her

Majesty's official birthday it's

fantastic to be able to do it in our

hometown is very special where the

battalion is based is is a particularly

special moment for all of us

I'm curious what will be going through

your mind as you're standing on the

quadrangle waiting for Her Majesty to

arrive I think I'll be like everyone

else focusing on know what I've got to

do next

remembering the words of command and

waiting for my tea to come out and just

savoring that moment and all say you

know the the real privilege to be able

to represent our battalion or regiment

but also the wider house of division and

and all of us will be on parade will be

focused on on giving the best we can

Lieutenant Colonel all the best for

today thank you very much field officer

talking to sonali and as we get ready

for the event first battalion most

guards are engaging in the arms drill

it's something we haven't seen before

the day of a birthday parade so you just

tell us briefly what's going on here yes

they're just preparing for the arms

drill now this is a Walmart of mind and

body it's time for everybody to switch

on 100% for final rehearsal and

synchronization and it represents the

culmination of all those preparations

that we've just heard about for this

recently formed and diverse team now if

we keep a very sharp focused eye on

these ranks we will spot Guardsmen Rhian

Morgan from Newport Narayan is one of

only two female Guardsmen in the Foot

Guards regiments and she joined the

Welsh Guards this year she's been

involved with the coronavirus testing

facilities at chessington and we were

chatting to reown just earlier this week

about this role and she was very modest

and really being incredibly humble about

the role but the point is who she does

represent a very important development

for the guards regiments yes you I think

first to say that this is a big moment

for everybody on parade and Guardsman

Morgan joins a long line of Guardsmen

from Newport and South Wales in making

the grade and joining the Welsh Guards

she told me that she wants no special

attention and that she wanted to join

earlier than she has

and it's like serving with a band of

brothers but yes her blood and

regimental family are right behind her

in this her first big event well we wish

her well we wish them all well of course

everyone taking part today in this

parade because it's a special event it's

a bit of a one-off event because of the

circumstances of this year and Robert

it's a remarkable thing to reflect that

the last time there was any kind of

birthday tribute involving the Armed

Forces here at Windsor was believe it or

not back in 1895 in the closing decade

of Queen Victoria's reign that's right

here it was birthday parade for Queen

Victoria worth noting that back then it

was to mark her 76th birthday and she

watched the parade in a carriage today

and we can confidently expect to see Her

Majesty at the age of 94 arriving on

foot indeed and we shall see that in a

short while we've been focusing

initially on the Welsh Guards because

it's their central role today but let's

not forget all seven regiments of the

household division have offered their

support in the fight against the corona

virus pandemic overseen by Major General

Chris and his team we're getting a

per oddly decreasing rate deaths are

coming down both day on David also week

on week I'm just watching the continued

support for London Ambulance Service and

I'm noticing a decreasing wait time to

which we've undoubtedly contributed

the household division have been huge

engaged with kovetz 19 just here in

London we've had the Welsh Guards and

the Grenadier Guards furiously busy like

us doing mobile testing teams to support

this nation in that time of crisis where

felish college to conduct a mobile

testing unit support in the NHS by

freeing

NHS members up to conduct their

essential duties in hospitals lots of

surgeries this has to be balanced

website for me this is very important

I'm very proud to be able to help out

our country in any way it's definitely

the right place to be as far as works

concerned down on the art of wines

discuss guards have been working hard in

support of the NHS and public health

England's due to the high proportion of

vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight

it was especially important when we did

our tasks as quickly as possible our

mission was to double the bed capacity

us and Mary's Hospital from 200 to 400

beds managed it with only 30 men in 8

days to be involved from the frontline

with the NHS in the fight against koban

19 was very rewarding for the whole

person evening we were clapping for the

NHS my wife Sarah she's a neonatal

intensive care nurse and I think it's

really good for us in the army to show

our appreciation for all of NHS they are

putting their lives on the line for the

whole country

when we look back and ask ourselves what

did we do

during the coronavirus crisis I can be

hugely proud of what my soldiers have

done this time not on state ceremonial

public duties or in active operations

but here doing mobile testing when the

nation asked us to help we were there

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very familiar tune god bless the Prince

of Wales and what makes the parade of

course for so many observers is the

quality of the music an indispensable

part of the Queen's official birthday

celebration and we have musicians today

drawn from all the Foot Guards regiments

of the household division and the man in

charge is Lieutenant Colonel Simon more

commanding officer of the household

division bands and he stepped into the

role last year

he's a notable composer in his own right

last month playing a prominent part in

the VE Day commemorations and a

remarkable job to get all the musicians

together for this event he's been

talking to tsunami left Hannon Connell

when you took on this role this wouldn't

have been the event you're expecting how

have preparations been going well it's

been pretty good actually

musicians have been on lockdown as well

as doing other duties related to covered

19 but the old practice they've got

their instruments at home so they're all

busy beavering away and keeping up their

instrumental performance so as we've

come together for these rehearsals for

today's ceremony

I think the preparations have gone quite

well like all of us all the musicians

will have to be two metres apart what

challenges has that created enormous

challenges actually but we don't done a

lot of rehearsal on that one of the

particular difficulties is as the band

county marches back through itself

normally the musicians are

shoulder-to-shoulder

of course we've got to maintain social

distancing at all time and and we are

doing that and and to help that we're

furthering the band as we come into the

county March so the front of the band

expands to twice its width so as

musicians countermarch back through the

ranks we still maintain some two and a

half metres distance between each player

under normal circumstances the Queen's

official birthday is marked at Horse

Guards Parade but today you will all be

on the Quadrangle what difference will

that make

acoustically I think the acoustic there

is a little bittersweet for a start were

on grass which soaks up the sound and

kind of doesn't help us but the sound

travels and just cascades off those

beautiful castle

walls and resonates around the whole of

Windsor Castle so I think on balance

it's a pretty good acoustic and the

musicians will really enjoy performing

there today

leftenant colonel thank you we look

forward to hearing and seeing new

musicians today Dan Colonel Simon Hall

they're talking to sonali and his

colleague is in the midst of the players

here major Stuart Halladay who director

of music of the Welsh Guards and in

September he'll be celebrating 35 years

in the Army he's helped put the music

selection together today so no surprise

he's chosen some of the best Welsh

Marches for us all to enjoy great sight

of the low award of windsor castle

looking up towards the st. George's

Chapel and the round tower and since

early March her Majesty the Queen and

His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh

have been here at Windsor this castle

has been a royal residence for nine

hundred years the Queen will be the only

member of the royal family attending the

parade today and Robert one noticeable

absentee among several it must be said

the Prince of Wales who of course is

Colonel of the Welsh Guards indeed here

yes the Prince of Wales has been Colonel

of the Welsh Guards now for 45 years

longest-serving colonel in their history

and we were also we won't be seeing

other members of the family I mean it's

worth remembering this as always

normally the great family get together

when we see not just the senior members

of the family but the whole extended

family including of course with the

scene on the balcony for the fly past we

won't see that today we won't see for

example the Duke of Cambridge in his

role as Colonel of the Irish Guards

either

we'll just see Her Majesty but I'm quite

sure that all the family are as we speak

watching and waiting

so already in the low award for the

officers to take up their positions

which will happen in just a few seconds

time and we will be seeing three

officers who will be ready to come and

the men as they are marched up to the

quadrangle will see the major of the

parade and the adjutant and then they'll

be followed by someone we've heard from

already who is the commanding officer

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Suellen uh sure

they're joining the various ranges of

soldiers who've been coming here today

because these of course represent the

Welsh Guards but they are representing

the household division in all its

quality and all its glory so the major

of the parade Major James Aldrich whose

great-grandfather was one of the first

officers commissioned into the newly

raised Welsh Guards in 1915 today's

adjutant captain ed Clark it's his last

working day in the army by the way

taking over his role will be his brother

captain will Clark and their younger

brother Cameron's due to join the

regiment in August so the major and the

adjutant and they'll be followed by the

commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel

Henry Cavill annasher today's field

officer in brigade waiting and he took

command of the regiment in March of last

year

go son

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so it's the turn of the color party to

take their positions usually the color

would be carried by a color sergeant and

passed to the ensign by the regimental

Sol major but in order to maintain

social distancing in today's event the

ensign today will carry the color for

the entire ceremony and he's second of

tennant Billy Richardson word about

Billy because Hugh knows his father are

the well don't you

yes Ollie and I joined the army together

in 1981 Ollie was a well-loved leader of

the little Iron Men in number three

company we both deployed to Kenya for

training and we were placed on standby

for operations anywhere in the world

relying on the unexpected to happened

which of course they Judy did so we

sailed south to the Falkland Islands in

May and we were both on the sea Galahad

when it was struck sadly on the 8th of

June mercifully Ollie is a survivor and

went on to marry Mary Ann a wonderful

wife and mother and so we have Billy on

parade here today who ironically

deployed deployed to the full condolence

recently to continue his father's work

in deterring aggression

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so the field officer gives the command

to step off on their way to the

quadrangle for this year's birthday

tribute March is Piccadilly proposed by

major Lesley Statham served with the

Welsh Guards a prolific composer in his

day marches are still very familiar

today so let's enjoy some of the music

shall we because it's one of the great

Highlands

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so we enjoy some great music in the

bands being led towards the Quadrangle

and the Round Tower by the senior drum

major and the Welsh Guards drum major

Welsh Guards on parades debut selected

from all three companies of the first

battalion which is quite unusual the

troops of the hustle division have been

continuing to guard the Royal Palaces

throughout the lockdown

although these ceremonial guard changes

have been canceled and it's a good

moment you to ask you about Windsor

because you have a very vivid memory of

being here or duty oh yes you like many

other young household division officers

I did my first guard duty here within a

week of leaving training at Sandhurst

it's a lovely command working with the

royal household and the police it's a

great preparation for the biggest stage

in London and if you're really lucky

when you're on guard you may well be

invited up for dinner with her Majesty

Robert it's worth us asking as well

because many viewers will be wondering

but all the residences that the Queen

tends to share the your'e among Windsor

was the natural choice for this lockdown

period it was Hugh the crisis began

really just as the Queen was preparing

to head here for Easter court anyway and

she's now been here it's probably her

longest spell continuous spell at

Windsor Castle throughout her life but

this is very much home there we see the

estate wins a great park I mean this is

a place she she was here as a girl

during the war this is where she made

her very first broadcast famously in

1940 this is a place where she she

really she went to school most of her

school lessons were conducted here so

it's it's its home and it's why today

that the site of the most guards coming

here onto the quadrangle for hurry it

well more than aware of the Queen

is keeping a sharp eye on events is the

Major General Chris and among his

party a colonel Crispin Lockhart who

represents both be lifeguards and blues

and rolls of the house of cavalry major

Victoria flood Marley officer for the

King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery also

present are the brigade major lieutenant

colonel guy stone and the garrisons art

major Andrew Stokes who always plays a

leading role of course in organizing

these events and she was we mentioned

the brigade major and the garrisons art

major

they are the key axes aren't they oh yes

they lead the design team on behalf of

the major-general they're the Masters of

the detail and they have to brief all

the participants on all the detail guy

stone his two potential officer sons

potentially watching on he's got a

potentially taxing task of obtaining

pinpoint accurate weather forecasts to

recommend a go or no-go decision for

this parade as I found when I was in the

job Vern Stokes

he's the fourth garrison song major that

I've seen and as his regimental motto

goes he's second to none

and I find him the least frightening of

the four

so the enter the Quadrangle great royal

standard the birthday standard flying

above the keep the round tower the

statue of king charles ii overlooking

the quadrangle here as the masked bandit

tiers the welsh guards arrive

great site at Windsor Great Park

extending way beyond the castle

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very happy day of the wedding of the

Duke and Duchess of Sussex two years ago

they taken around the park in that

carriage possession

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music changing to the auxiliary

territorial service March a significant

choice today because the 80s was the

regiment which Her Majesty served in the

war

the tune starts attuned that Her Majesty

will know very well I mean join the 80s

in 1945 becoming the first female member

of the royal family to join the Armed

Services as a full-time active member so

I think it's fair to say before her

Majesty steps out from the sovereigns

entrance they've been listening very

carefully to the quality of the music

and keeping an eye on the precision of

the drill and movement of the guards

here because our experience of these

events parades cannot be beaten frankly

Windsor Castle God will advance right

turn

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go dressing right just

so not long before her Majesty the Queen

appears and will take a place on the

saluting base but also in residence here

as I mentioned is the Duke of Edinburgh

who just a few days ago celebrated his

99th birthday and the palace published

this rather wonderful image of the

couple Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

and Robert I think it's a fair bet that

the Duke himself will having retired

from public duties a few years ago and

having reached the grand age in 99 will

be looking out from probably one of

these windows just to see that

everything's in tip-top condition yeah I

think you're actually right here as a as

a colonel of both former colonel of both

feet Welsh Guards and the granted is

that the Duke knows this knows the the

the parade routine better than almost

anyone with the possible exception of

the Queen for him this is this is just

as much home he is actually although

he's retired from public life as you

said one thing he hasn't retired from

he's still the Ranger of the Great Park

we see the Great Park there beyond the

castle walls

he keeps an incredibly close eye on

everything that happens hereabouts don't

forget when when Windsor had its

terrible fire in 1992 it was the Duke

who who led the the restoration work

everything about this place bears his

imprint so he will be keeping a very

close eye on everything today

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good shoulder East are easy

so here we have the color party which

will soon detach to wait on the north

side of the quadrangle two centuries

with the ensign our sergeant Reece Brown

recently returned from Belize and

Sergeant Rhys Rutledge who joined the

regiment a decade ago

he's been widely praised for designing

and managing the defeat don't repeat

scheme that is aimed at helping

vulnerable young people and former

prisoners to change from their previous

lives to realize their potential in

society the colour itself the colour

being trooped today in the heart of the

ceremony was presented to the regiment

in 2015 by the Queen here at Windsor

that was the scene on the day in

question celebrating the centenary of

the raising of the Welsh Guards by king

george v during the first world war in

1915 colour is richly embroidered with

the Welsh dragon and features the

regiment's motto Kamri and beef meaning

Wales forever as well as 21 of the

regiment's 47 battle honours one of

those is the Falklands and tomorrow

marks the 38th anniversary of the end of

that conflict in June of 1982 and she

we've already mentioned the conflict

itself and your personal connection with

some of those involved in your presence

there and that date of 1982 has enormous

residents especially for the Welsh

Guards yes indeed you are that colour is

a torch that sheds light on many of our

past conflicts unless we forget it is

the 18th 80th anniversary

of the defense and Eris Dunkirk and

purloin when the Welsh Guards were the

only formed unit in in Arras for the

Falkland Islands the battalion played

its part in the nation's victory with 38

sandy lost and many more wounded and

suffering but boys and your families we

hold you in our hearts and the regiment

is here for you

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there's the officer in overall charge of

these troops indeed all the troops of

the household division also known as the

general officer commanding London

district and that is Major General Chris

who took out his posts last

November he's been speaking to Sonali

major-general this is your first

ceremonial occasion since taking over

command of the household division I know

you're trained to expect the unexpected

but have the past few months been

particularly unforeseen for you I don't

think any of us could have expected the

summer that is I'm rolling out of

transfers but I think for us it

underlines the fact that we are both

operational soldiers we conduct

operations wherever were required to do

so in this case in the United Kingdom

there were also high class ceremonial

soldiers and that is what I'm going to

see a bit of this morning why is it so

important for the household division to

mark the Queen's official birthday this

year in particular I think part of it is

a tribute to the Queen for her guidance

to the nation during this very difficult

time

but also tripping the colors are well

established a much loved part of the

ceremonial summer and so custom is

important and even though it's much

reduced we're very proud to be doing it

this morning you're in charge of

overseeing the planning of today's event

and you've had to adhere to social

distancing guidelines as well as

remember those historical protocols so I

think for us we're very mindful of the

circumstances and we must probe the

Ryder parade which is appropriate to the

national situation as you say it must be

socially distance but then it's got to

knit in some of the well established

traditions of trooping the colour and so

doing that has been a great challenge

but we've enjoyed doing it we've seen

the guardsmen being part of the national

effort assisting the NHS on the front

line how has that been being on home

soil so everybody has been hugely proud

to be a part of what has been an amazing

national effort I think that everybody

involved the opportunity to help the

opportunity to support the NHS and the

healthcare sector and be part of this

great national effort at a time like

this is something we've enjoyed doing

and we've been really proud to be apart

of major-general thank you so much

Major General Chris talking to

Sonali just a short while ago because

he's now on parade ready for this

birthday tribute to Her Majesty the

Queen and just to underline his

responsibilities for all of the troops

on parade today indeed all of the troops

in the household division it's

interesting Robert isn't it that we've

been talking about the Armed Forces role

in recent months stepping in to help the

Health Service and other public bodies

during this pandemic and of course the

fact that the lockdown has changed the

lives of millions of people were also

talking of course about the royal family

because the kind of work that they would

be undertaking has of course been

completely transformed and in so many

areas canceled absolutely here I think

perhaps what indicates it more than

anything is if you look at the court

circular the official account of royal

engagements every single one now is by

video link by telephone the Queen in

April held the first-ever meeting of the

Privy Council by video lingual she's

been communicating with ambassador's

with prime ministers of other realms all

the members of the royal family have

been doing this and they've adapted very

quickly the Prince of Wales has done an

extraordinary number of broadcasts now

on everything from a broadcaster to

cheesemakers to the Samaritans to the

Commonwealth and

as one common date abilities become a

king of instagrams one of his team said

the other day he's been in front of the

camera almost as often as Hugh Edwards

of late we better steady on the robber

Dungey the interest for me was the fact

that the Queen of course has undertaken

not one but two televised addresses one

was to do with the day the other was to

do with a real message to all the people

of the UK during this pandemic crisis

yes the the the first broadcasts are

coronavirus broadcasters as many people

call it was came at an absolutely

crucial moment the nation needed some

reassurance in that particularly dark

period and we had those remarkable words

from the Queen culminating of course in

her message that we will meet again and

then on on V on VE Day her message again

was you know never never give up never

despair and I think as ever in in times

of crisis as we saw as previous

generations will remember during the war

in times of crisis we do turn to our

monarchy and and that's exactly what

we're seeing here again today very soon

the band will strike up with one of the

best tunes of all time it is the Welsh

Guards slow March men of Harlech which

dates from the 18th century said to have

been inspired by the seven-year siege of

harlot castle during the Wars of the

Roses in the 15th century

let's just enjoy char we in all its

majesty

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god

Oh Shawn

so in the 68 year of her reign a rare

first for Her Majesty the longest

reigning monarch in British history

she'll mark her official birthday not on

Horse Guards Parade and at Buckingham

Palace but here at Windsor Castle

the queen is courted by Lieutenant

Colonel Mike Vernon the controller the

Lord Chamberlain's office the Vice

Admiral tony johnson burt master of the

household and she will also be

accompanied by her query major nana

coffee Joe Massey Ankara

so the ceremony will begin at 11 o'clock

the field officer will order the rotten

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go slow

winds the coastal guard will move to the

right entries right turn

good food order

quick Oh

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God making the wait at the south side of

the quadrangle to the tune of the rising

of the laughs making the way for the

band to perform be majestic Marge let

you know in just a moment it is one of

the most popular military marches

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Windsor Castle God will retire right

turn

God dressing right just

showed arms

true

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and we'll be watching out for a new

manoeuvre allowing the band to maintain

the social distancing while turning as

they set off they'll begin fanning out

to create more room

it's been called feathering because of

its distinctive extending formation

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senior drum major signaling that it's

the quick march music changing to the

tune Triple Crown which has been herded

to birthday parades in the past 1973 and

1998 the band performing the spin wheel

turning 180 degrees while maintaining

that social distancing it's not move

we've seen before the Queen seems to be

enjoying the music

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the elements of the traditional parade

that will be familiar to viewers the

moment for the lone drummer to break

away to join the guard davon Corporal

chooses ivali originally from Zambia

joined the Corps of drums in 2011 he's

been awarded the exemplary leadership

award while deployed in Afghanistan and

rated top student in his class

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drama playing eight bars of a field

signal called the drummer's call

reminding us of the time when

communications on the battlefield were

delivered by drumbeat

and first Battalion now preparing for

the next phase of the parade Windsor

Castle guard will move to the right turn

the guard will be setting off to the

rousing tune of the British grenadiers

to take their position in the center of

the quadrangle

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hold with the cost of God will advance

right turn now in the traditional parade

the regimental saw major would now be

taking the color from the color party

handing it to the ensign but due to the

social distancing we mentioned that

isn't possible so today and usually the

ensign is carrying the color for the

entirety of the ceremony God dressing

right dress

and we have the regimental sod Major

Michael Perry detaching from the guard

to join the color party and he's drawn

his sword to protect the color

let's go to the color Center color party

stepping off to the tune escort to the

color ready to carry out the ceremonial

heart of this event as they troupe the

color through the ranks

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this serves the purpose of course not

just at the ceremony of trooping the

colour it's a guard change 18 soldiers

making up the body of the parade the new

guard at the castle for the next few

days under the command of the ensign

Billy Richardson and Hugh just to

underline the pride of the family and

the regiment yeah this is definitely

Billy's moment and his parents and all

his many followers now all be mixed

we'll be looking with a mix of pride joy

and some nerves in equal measure

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color party now rejoining the guard

ready for the second royal salute of

this event

good royal 8 reasons

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good shoulder so the color has been

trooped the ceremony's complete the

field officer approaches her majesty to

let her know the guards are ready to

march off your Majesty's guard is ready

to march off ma'am

God slow and when terkoz forgot were

mere to the right entries right turn

good morning officer moves to the front

of the guard ready to lead his troops

from the quadrangle after this ceremony

good boy left quick march

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the final formality they approach the

majesty guards will pay their own

individual tribute to their

commander-in-chief

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this is the moment you when there is

some eye contact between the guards and

her majesty it is for each of them a

special moment yes the guards been an

hour turning into the home straight and

it's their final chance to impress Her

Majesty and all of those looking and yes

if you're really lucky you'll catch the

twinkle in her Majesty's eye

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a majesty looking on and snowed out

enjoying the tunes of the Welshman

arranged by Lieutenant Colonel hanim

written for the Welsh Guards 75th

anniversary back in 1990 based on

several very familiar Welsh melodies and

folk tunes I think it's fair to say it

wasn't the official birthday celebration

that the Queen would be expecting at

this time of year but the fact that

there's been a birthday celebration of

any kind

during this national crisis is a

remarkable achievement few some final

thoughts on how this parade has passed

off well it was a pity not to be on

Horse Guards but that was a fitting

event and it's the least that we could

do and indeed the most that we could do

under the conditions well executed

maintaining and setting standards the

battalion is now looking forward to its

next tasks and preparing for the next

unexpected but we look forward to the

Household troops next year on Horse

Guards for our great sovereign Robert in

this rather strange and very sad year in

many ways what does the rest of the er

GB hold for Her Majesty and members of

the royal family while here if monarchy

stands for anything it's for stability

it's for continuity I think today what a

wonderful sight it's probably the most

memorable birthday parade I can recall

no crowds they were all family not even

a birthday almost list but here we have

the monarch and her guards nice to see

her as well wearing that dumb and leek

the brooch of the Welsh Guards and and

so it's very much about keeping calm

carrying on we've got Armed Forces Day

coming up data this month Vida VJ Day

the 75th anniversary the Queen will be

at the heart of those commemorations

later in the year but I think today a

really wonderful reassuring reminder

that some things really do carry on

well the garrison sergeant major said

before the event that Toby couldn't

deliver the usual scale of the normal

birthday parade they could nonetheless

deliver exceptional quality and humor

Brahmins have no doubt you'd agree with

me that they've certainly done so this

year's special occasion is over in

effect

birthday parade for the Queen a one-off

event really in modern times due to the

challenges posed by the pandemic just a

few weeks to remind you to put this

event together and it's been a real

triumph for the whole division and the

Welsh Guards in particular and you can

see it all again because our highlights

program is on BBC one this evening at

five to six but for now from my special

guest Colonel he Boddington and Robert

Hartman my colleague Sonali Shah all of

the BBC team at Windsor thank you for

watching and good bye

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