Queen having ’emotional and hard’ birthday without Philip but will honour Duke

The Queen will be having an "undoubtedly emotional and hard" first official birthday without her husband Prince Philip, a royal expert has said.

Her Majesty will spend Saturday celebrating the big day with the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle, held by the Household Division, and The Queen's Colour of F Company Scots Guards.

This year, in the absence of her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent will serve as the Queen's 'plus one'.

But, despite having her cousin at her side for the big day, Her Maj is sure to miss her husband of 73 years according to Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, a US website focused on news about the monarchy.

She told the Daily Star: "It is her first Trooping without Prince Philip, so it will undoubtedly be emotional and hard.

"She will have the Duke of Kent by her side but that's not the same as Philip.

"She and Philip were married for over 70 years, and she will continue to miss him."

Ms Barger adds that fellow members of the Royal Family "will be concerned with how she emotionally handles the day" and will want to check in on her – and this could mean she receives a call from Prince Harry from the US.

She added: "I think the entire family will be concerned with how she emotionally handles the day and will want to check in on her.

"Harry may do the same especially since he's across the Atlantic and can't see her in person."

Ms Barger believes the Queen will want to honour Prince Philip on the day, and also suggested she may wear a piece of jewellery that he gave her as a sweet nod to his memory.

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It isn’t the first time Prince Edward has taken up the royal duty – he stepped into the Philip's role when the late Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital for an abdomen surgery in 2013.

Trooping the Colour, the celebration of the monarch’s birthday, is normally celebrated with 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians in a display of military stature.

But this year the event will be a “mini trooping” in line with Covid procedures.

It will showcase troops who have been serving for the military abroad and those who played a key part in the NHS’ coronavirus response.

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