Queen replaced for salute at Trooping the Colour for first time in 70 years

The Queen has further scaled back on her Platinum Jubilee celebrations after dropping out of the official salute at the Trooping of the Colour parade.

Held every year to officially mark the Queen's birthday, this year's events take place on Thursday, June 2.

Normally, Her Majesty would salute her personal troops – the Household Division – on Horse Guards Parade.

But this year, royal fans were shocked as it was announced that Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne will be making the salute instead.

The trio will also ride on the parade as colonels of the Welsh Guards, the Irish Guards and the Blues and Royals.

One Twitter user commented: “It's a shame that for all of the years she made a point to do so, but because of all the controversy of who should and shouldn't be on the balcony, she won't appear either.

The Daily Star has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

On the same day the salute takes place, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.

Then, on Friday, June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, before the star-studded Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday, June 4.

Queen and Adam Lambert will perform first at the concert — which will be broadcast live on BBC — while Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and the UK's Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder will also take the stage later in the evening.

Hopes of weather fit for a Queen have been raised after forecasters predicted the anniversary of Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne would coincide with an extended spell of warm and bright conditions.

John Hammond of weathertrending said: “The potential is there for a lot of rain in some places. May 23-29 may bring a cooler contrast, but there is Jubilee optimism.

“Warmer weather is likely as we start June, with plenty of dryness in the early part of the month for Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

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