Published On: Sat, Jun 9th, 2018

The Queen arrives for Trooping the Colour 2018 | Royal | News


She received a rousing cheer from the crowds in the Mall as her procession went past.

The head of state, who travelled alone in an Ascot Landau, wore a sky blue coat and dress by Stuart Parvin, and a hat by Angela Kelly.

She celebrated her actual 92nd birthday on April 21 but today marks her official birthday with the spectacular event in Horseguard’s Parade, central London.

The monarch was joined by other members of the Royal Family, including grandson Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle.

Meghan experienced the pomp and pageantry of the event for the first time when she arrived on Horse Guards Parade with Harry in a carriage, along with the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent.

The couple were greeted by the sight of hundreds of Guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins lined up on the parade ground – Henry VIII’s former jousting yard – as the event began.

The duke and duchess, who married exactly three weeks today, travelled from Buckingham Palace along the Mall to cheers from royal fans gathered in the famous London thoroughfare.

Meghan, Harry and the other members of the royal family took their place in Wellington’s former office which overlooks the parade ground.

The Queen’s procession was 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 7,500 guests seated in stands lining the parade ground stood as a mark of respect as the monarch arrived and began inspecting the massed ranks of the troops.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who celebrates his 97th birthday on Sunday, has retired from official public duties and did not attend.

But the Queen was accompanied by the royal colonels, all on horseback: Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards.

Also riding in the ceremony for the first time was the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

Among the guests was Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, the Prime Minister Theresa May normally attends but is at a G7 meeting of world leaders in Canada.

Trooping the Colour is an annual event to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, which dates back to Charles II in the 17th century when regiment colours were trooped in front of soldiers so they could recognise their unit in battle.

The Queen has never missed the occasion, apart from in 1955 when the event was cancelled due to a national rail strike.

She underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract last month and was seen wearing sunglasses at a number of events, including the Royal Windsor horse show and Buckingham Palace garden parties.



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