Parade celebrates Queen’s birthday

Published: Saturday 13th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The Queen celebrates her official birthday today with the Trooping the Colour parade.

The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry.

The Duchess of Cambridge will join other members of the Royal Family at the spectacle – her first public appearance since she left hospital after giving birth to daughter Princess Charlotte on May 2.

And there is speculation Prince George may join his parents on Buckingham Palace’s balcony where members of the monarchy gather to wave to the crowds in The Mall, following the military display, and watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ride in a vintage carriage from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade in central London where the event will be staged.

Kate, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry will travel together in another coach.

The Duke of York will ride with his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Duke of Kent and t he Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will be in the final carriage.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are away representing the Queen at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to former glamour model Sofia Hellqvist.

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, will be on horseback.

The procession will be accompanied by a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.

The Colour being paraded on Horse Guards this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

The Prince of Wales Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will troop the Queen’s Colour presented to them by the monarch at Windsor Castle in April.

It was only in 2013 that the battalion last Trooped the Colour but they are doing so again to mark their centenary year.

Since the last Queen’s Birthday Parade, elements of the battalion have been on training exercises at home and abroad in places like the Falklands, Canada, Kenya, Kazakhstan and Belize.

Four of the five Foot Guards regiments of the Household Division – the Welsh Guards, Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards and the Coldstream Guards – will march in the parade wearing bearskin hats and red tunics.

The Household Division Bands and Corps of Drums will also take part, as will the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

After the Queen takes the salute on Horse Guards, the Royal Family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF fly-past.

Among the 31 aircraft taking part are Spitfires and Hurricanes, made famous in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, and also modern jets like the multi-role Typhoon fighter while the Red Arrows will be the finale.

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle.

Colours, or flags, were carried, or ”trooped”, down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to ”troop the colours”, and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.

The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21, when she turned 89.

Published: Saturday 13th June 2015 by The News Editor

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