Royal role for Berwickshire Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon

The Queen’s recent birthday celebrations featured a link to Berwickshire thanks to the role played by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 7:00 am
The parade at Windsor Garden and, inset, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon accompanies the Queen.

Michael, who lives in Berwickshire, had been in isolation away from the family home for many weeks in The Royal Household in preparation for escorting Her Majesty The Queen on her Birthday Parade.

Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, attended a military ceremony in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark her Official Birthday on Saturday, June 13.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, The Queen’s Birthday Parade, known as Trooping the Colour, could not go ahead in its traditional form at Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade.

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Instead, a small military ceremony in line with the Government’s Social Distancing Guidelines tookplace at Windsor Castle.

Michael, despite his many royal duties, is very supportive of local issues in Berwick and Berwickshire, not least helping The Coldstream Guards to be honoured with The Freedom of Berwick at Berwick Parish Church, built by the Coldstream forebears in 1650 from the ruins of Berwick Castle.