Trooping the Colour celebrations, and the Royal Fashion statements
The Second Birthday celebration for Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 8, 2019
One of the nice benefits of being the Queen aside living in a Royal Palace and having access to a large deposit of Jewelries, is that you get to have 2 birthdays… now that is sweet!
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926. However, she also has a yearly public birthday celebration during the month of June. And the reason for this second date is the weather—a weekend in the summer is the only time for a parade.
This year’s parade, which was named Trooping the Colour, took place on Saturday, June 8. The date was announced in the Court Circular last year, and is also noted on the Household Division of the British Army’s website.
Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall — arrived at the Trooping the Colour celebrations in their incredible fashion choices. And as expected, the royal women put their best (and most stylish!) feet forward for the festivities held in honor of Queen Elizabeth‘s birthday on Saturday. The threesome rode in the same carriage — also with Prince Harry — along the parade route, giving fans a first glimpse at their outfits before they head up to the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Trooping the Colour began with the Queen arriving on Horse Guards in a procession featuring a Sovereign’s Escort from the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.
Behind her coach on horseback were the royal colonels: The 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 and Duke of York, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
It is a parade of military pageantry in which the monarch inspects her troops, a tradition which dates all the way back to King George II in 1748. For years, the Queen did this on horseback, but since 1987, she has arrived via carriage. According to the Household Division, the celebration features more than 1400 officers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians, and the Queen’s extended family attends, making for an iconic annual photo up on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Here’s a full video of 2018 Trooping the Colour for you to get an idea of what the celebration looks like…