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King becomes first monarch in decades to ride on horseback during Trooping the Colour

King becomes first monarch in decades to ride on horseback during Trooping the Colour

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17 Haziran 2023 14:00
King becomes first monarch in decades to ride on horseback during Trooping the Colour
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The King is taking part in the first Trooping the Colour of his reign to mark his official birthday parade.

He is the first monarch in more than 30 years to take part in the ceremony on horseback.

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Parading down the Mall from Buckingham Palace, the national anthem played during the King‘s arrival on Horse Guards Parade.

During the ceremony, the King took the royal salute as Colonel in Chief of the Household Division’s seven regiments as members of the Royal Family and 8,000 spectators look on.

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The King leads Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

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Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

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Prince of Wales, The Duke of Edinburgh the Princess Royal. Pic: MoD

The colour, or regimental flag, that was trooped in front of hundreds of Guardsmen and officers was the King’s Colour of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

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The Prince of Wales

Queen Camilla and the Princess of Wales

The Queen and the Princess of Wales and her children were taken to the ceremony in a carriage with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Princess Royal also on horseback.

The young Prince Louis cheekily entertained spectators as he held his nose and pointed to the sky during the carriage ride to the ceremony.

Queen Camilla, The Princess of Wales, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte depart Buckingham Palace

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Queen Camilla, The Princess of Wales, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte depart Buckingham Palace

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Trooping the Colour

The Duchess of Edinburgh departs Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour

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The Duchess of Edinburgh

Trooping the Colour is a social as well as ceremonial occasion featuring around 1,500 soldiers and hundreds of guardsmen.

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Following the ceremony, the royal family headed back to Buckingham Palace. This afternoon they will gather on the balcony to watch an extended military flypast after the display on coronation day had to be scaled down due to bad weather.

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Trooping the Colour. Pic: MoD

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Trooping the Colour

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Trooping the Colour

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty during the Trooping the Colour

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty

Around 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force will take part – including aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the C-130 Hercules on its final ceremonial flight, modern Typhoon fighter jets with a red, white and blue finale from the Red Arrows.

The sight of a monarch riding on horseback during the parade has not been seen since 1986 when Queen Elizabeth II rode her charger Burmese for the final time.

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Trooping the Colour

The horse was a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Charles’ horse Noble was also from the Commonwealth country’s famous Mounties.

Following the mare’s retirement, Her Majesty opted to use a carriage for Trooping the Colour rather than train another charger.

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