For Queen Elizabeth II, Trooping the Colour will be a whole new experience this year.

It will be the Queen's first official birthday parade since the death of her husband Prince Philip, who was traditionally by her side during the event. The monarch, however, is not expected to walk alone during Trooping the Colour next month.

The Queen to walk by this Royal at Trooping the Colour 2021

In Prince Philip's absence, the Queen will be joined by her cousin Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, according to a new Daily Mail report.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, to walk by the Queen at Trooping the Colour 2021.

The 85-year-old is a regular attendee of Trooping the Colour, and he previously stood in when Prince Philip missed the event in 2013 while recovering from surgery.

The Duke of Kent will be the Queen's "plus one" for the event, Daily Mail reported over the weekend. The pair are first cousins through their fathers.

Queen's official birthday parade going ahead in 2021

Trooping the Colour 2021 is still expected to go ahead on June 12, though it remains unclear just what form it will take.

Last year, the grand parade in London was shifted to a smaller ceremony at Windsor Castle, attended only by the Queen amid the pandemic.

Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday celebration 13 June 2020.

Next month, it's expected that Trooping the Colour will once again take place in Windsor on the monarch's official birthday, June 12. But there hasn't been official word from the Palace on how the parade will proceed.

Still, reports of Prince Edward accompanying the Queen during the event could mean that the Royal Family is planning to attend this year's festivities. You can revisit pictures of the Queen's solo Trooping the Colour in 2020 here.