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Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour has been a tradition since 1748 marking the birthday of the British sovereign. The Queens birthday was celebrated here in New Zealand on Monday 3rd June this year.



In the past, the Queen has ridden her horse during the parade however recent years have seen the Queen riding in a carriage before waving from the Buckingham Palace balcony. The last time the Queen rode her own horse was in 1987 – 32 years ago. No bad considering, she was 61 at the time.

This year the show was stolen by Prince Louis’ enthusiastic waving from the Buckingham Palace balcony at his first Trooping the Colour. It was also the Duchess of Sussex’s first public event since baby Archie was born in May.

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Happy Birthday to Her Majesty The Queen! The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark the Sovereigns' birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour. 📷PA @TheRoyalFamily #TroopingtheColour #BuckinghamPalace #QBP2019

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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and members of The Royal Family at the annual Trooping the Colour, to celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour orginated from traditional preparations for battle and has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years. In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces regularly assembled to “troop" colours or flags down the rank, so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced this parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour is performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies for The Queen’s birthday parade, allowing them to pay a personal tribute to Her Majesty. Today over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians came together on Horse Guards Parade in London in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. The parade concludes with a 41-gun salute fired by The King’s Troop, following which The Queen leads members of The Royal Family back to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force flypast display. Photos credit: PA

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