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About 1,400 Royal Guard soldiers on horseback and on foot in high ceremonial red uniforms with their black hats, on a bright sunny day, took part in the annual Trooping the Colour parade, which celebrates the official birthday of the British sovereigns.

The audience watched the parade, from Buckingham Palace, Along The Mall and the Horse Guards Parade and back, from the surrounding St. James’s Park, with two wings of crowd. The highlight was the overflight of the Red Arrows acrobatic airborne team in formation.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II rides in a carriage on the Mall during the Trooping the Colour Queen’s birthday parade, in central London, Britain, 08 June 2019. The annual official Queen’s birthday parade is more popularly known as Trooping the Colour when the Queen’s colour is ‘trooped’ in front of Her Majesty and all the Royal Colonels. EPA/NEIL HALL

To attend among the royals, first parading in carriages, then from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in addition to the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and his consort Kate, and the Dukes of Sussex. Harry and Meghan, made her first appearance in public since the birth of the little Archie. Meghan was in a short-sleeved blue dress and coordinated feather hat. And without the baby.

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Britain’s Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex ride in a carriage during the Trooping of the Colour Queen’s birthday parade, in central London, Britain, 08 June 2019. The annual official Queen’s birthday parade is more popularly known as Trooping the Colour when the Queen’s colour is ‘trooped’ in front of Her Majesty and all the Royal Colonels. EPA/NEIL HALL
Britain’s Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall ride in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour Queen’s birthday parade, in central London, Britain, 08 June 2019. The annual official Queen’s birthday parade is more popularly known as Trooping the Colour when the Queen’s colour is ‘trooped’ in front of Her Majesty and all the Royal Colonels. EPA/NEIL HALL

The Queen made only a brief appearance on the balcony of the royal palace. Elizabeth II’s birthday is on April 21st, and on the day she will be 93. This celebration though is because since 1748, June 8th (the birthday of the then-sovereign George II), was chosen as the day of the ‘official birthday’ of the British sovereigns – kings or queens. As for the name Trooping the Colour, it refers to the war parades, in which the ‘colours’, i.e. the military banners, were reviewed by the ranks of soldiers. The flag used this year was that of the 1st battalion of the Grenadier Guards.

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