Explained: What is the UK's Trooping the Colour parade?

Hugh Fox
June 10, 2018

Prince Philip, who retired from public duties past year, did not attend the ceremony that involves more than 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses.

Princess Beatrice is pretty in pink at Trooping the Colour.

It was The Queen's seven-year-old great-granddaughter, Savannah Phillips.

The royals just took their iconic Buckingham Palace balcony family photo at Trooping the Colour and yes, Meghan Markle is there. Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Hall became the first member of the Coldstream Guards to participate while wearing a turban.

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The Queen, who has refused to retire despite her advancing years, has upped her workload even further this year, doing 25 per cent more engagements and appearances than for the same period last year, according to royal observers Write Royalty.

Some sarcastic conducting and shutting Prince George up!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched the aerial display from a spot on the balcony behind the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla. A 41-gun salute will also be fired in nearby Green Park to mark the occasion.

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Queen Elizabeth II's birthday is traditionally celebrated on the second Saturday in June to also honor select citizens for their public service to the nation. (Though her actual birthday is on April 21.) The festivities include a parade and the Royal Air Force's Red Arrows fly-past, which the royal family watches from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Buckingham Palace said Friday that the Queen underwent successful cataract surgery in May.

Meghan Markle's entry into the royal family began with her new in-laws appearing to be ever-so-slightly scandalized by her non-traditional wedding day choices and those breaks with the past may have continued this weekend.

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