Trooping the Color explained: the History, the Fashion, the Photos and the Highlights

 

Trooping the Color explained: the History, the Fashion, the Photos and the Highlights

Trooping the Colour is a huge occasion on the royal calendar each year with the Queen and the royals out in force on the Buckingham Palace balcony, mischievous royal children and some of the best fashion on display. 

It's a public celebration that marks the monarch's official birthday, but this year sadly, things will be a little different again due to the pandemic. 

Trooping the Color explained: the History, the Fashion, the Photos and the Highlights


Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Her Majesty celebrates two birthdays: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on the second Saturday of June at Trooping the Colour – but why?

Historically, official celebrations to mark a sovereign's birthday have often been held on a day other than their birthday. This is usually true when their actual birthday does not land in the summer months. The reason, in typical British fashion, comes down to the weather.

The tradition started in 1748 with George II, who was born in chilly November. Instead of risking his subjects catching a cold, he combined his birthday celebration with the annual spring parade known as Trooping the Colour.

What is Trooping the Colour?

Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark the Queen's official birthday.

The streets are lined with crowds waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, alongside members of the royal family on horseback and in carriages.

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