The Queen’s official birthday was marked with a unique ceremony that was performed by the Welsh Guard at Windsor Castle.

It came after the traditional Trooping the Colour parade was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was only the second time in her 68-year reign that the parade did not go ahead in London.

In what was her first official public appearance since the lockdown began, flanked by officials, Her Majesty sat alone for the ceremony.

Dubbed the mini-Trooping, the ceremony was performed by a small number of Welsh Guardsmen and the band of the Household Division.

The Queen received a royal salute that was followed by a display of marching with strict social distancing measures kept throughout.

It was the first time that Her Royal Highness celebrated her birthday at Windsor Castle – where she and the Duke of Edinburgh have been spending time in isolation since the coronavirus lockdown.

She celebrated her 94th birthday in April, but it is officially – and publicly – celebrated on the second Saturday of June annually. It is also typically accompanied by the announcement of The Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List.

This year, however, she agreed to postpone publication of the list until the autumn.