Viewers express concern about 'frail' Duke of Kent – 'Needed more support than Queen'

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The Duke of Kent joined the Queen to mark her official birthday as this year’s Trooping the Colour. The parade was again a scaled celebration for the second year running due to the ongoing pandemic. However, many viewers watching the event remarked on the Duke of Kent’s apparent frailty as he walked behind the Queen. 

The 85-year-old is also the Colonel of the Scots Guard, which was being trooped this year.

He attended the event  wearing his full uniform, including his bearskin. 

At the event, the Queen was rewearing the ensemble from the opening of parliament in May 2021

The event ended with a 41 gun salute and there will also be a flypast by the Red Arrows.

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It was the first time the Queen’s official birthday has been marked since the death of her husband earlier this year.

The Duke is the oldest living royal cousin of Her Majesty, as viewers praised his ‘dedication” to the Queen.

Others remarked that the Duke “must be very proud of what the Scots Guard has achieved”. 

However, several viewers picked up on the Duke’s use of a sword as a walking stick and his struggle to keep up with the Queen.  

One person said: “Incredible that she was supported by her younger cousin The Duke Of Kent …. but he looked like he needed more support than her.” 

One viewer noted: “The Queen is so fortunate to walk unaided and steadily at the age of 95.

“The Duke of Kent does appear much more fragile at ten years younger, yet here he is supporting his cousin!” 

In 2020 the event was cancelled due to the pandemic with a ceremonial tribute performed at Windsor by Welsh Guardsman and a band of the Household Division.

The ceremony comes ahead of the Queen hosting US President Joe Biden on Sunday.

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