Yesterday, Her Majesty, The Queen attended the annual official celebration parade for her birthday – Trooping the Colour. The ceremony which has been in existence since the 1700’s was created to parade the colours of different regiments of the armed forces so that they would be recognised on the battlefield.
During the ceremony The Queen inspects the troops as they take part in marching and passing of the colours. Her Majesty takes a special interest in the horses which take part in the day’s events as she herself is an avid horse lover and rider.
Normally, The Queen would be accompanied by Prince Philip but sadly he was unable to attend due to being in hospital. He has only missed a handful of trooping ceremonies whilst being married to Her Majesty. On this occasion The Queen was accompanied by her cousin The Duke of Kent in the carriage to and from the ceremony and as she stood to inspect the troops.
Other members of the Royal Family travelled in coaches to and from the event including The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Harry and The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge. The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Royal all travelled on horseback as part of their regimental roles as The Queen once did in her younger days.
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For more information on the ceremony and it’s history see the website for the British Monarchy