PHOTOS: Queen Elizabeth Celebrates her 95th birthday with Trooping the Color parade

Due to the epidemic, the monarch's formal birthday was commemorated with a military ceremony in the quadrangle of her Berkshire palace.
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TOPSHOT – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (C) attempts to cut a cake with a sword, lent to her by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho, to celebrate of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden

For the second year in a row, Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday was commemorated at Windsor Castle, just outside London, with a little Trooping the Colour.

Due to the epidemic, the monarch's formal birthday was commemorated with a military ceremony in the quadrangle of her Berkshire palace.

The Duke of Kent accompanied the Queen because her husband, Prince Philip, died just weeks before his 100th birthday in April.

The procession included soldiers that helped communities and the UK's National Health Service throughout the outbreak.

Queen Elizabeth watches the Trooping of the Color from her dais

In the Queen's Birthday Honours list, scientists who have made some of the most significant advances in the fight against COVID -19 have been recognized.

The leader of the team that assisted in the development of the Astra Zeneca vaccine was knighted.

"Perhaps even more important are the people who took part in the clinical trials, who actually made this possible and have brought this vaccine that's now being delivered all around the world," Sir Andrew Pollard told the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Queen Elizabeth watches the Trooping of the Color from her dais

Footballer Raheem Sterling, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, and entertainers Prue Leith, Jonathan Pryce, and Arlene Phillips are among those honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for their efforts to promote equality in sport.

The Queen had previously raised eyebrows and amused people by insisting on cutting one of her birthday cakes with a ceremonial sword at the G7 meeting in Cornwall.

Queen Elizabeth watches the Trooping of the Color from her dais
Queen Elizabeth watches the Trooping of the Color from her dais