Trooping the Colour 2018

Members of the British Royal family celebrated the Queen’s Official Birthday by attending the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on June 9th. They rode in carriages to inspect the guards at Horse Guards Parade and then watched a flypast on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace. This was the first year that the Duke of Edinburgh was not present.

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The Queen’s carriage was followed by the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal, and Duke of York on Horseback, the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Duke of York, Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Duke of Kent in carriages as they rode down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade.

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The national anthem was played as the Queen and members of the Royal Family arrived for the Trooping the Colour ceremony and the Queen’s Parade. The Queen  inspected the guards from a carriage, unlike horseback of previous years. Later, the Queen watched the Queen’s Parade from a platform. This year, the 1st Battalion of The Coldstream Guards ‘trooped’ their colour.

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Later, members of the Royal Family waved the Queen back to the Palace, before almost the entire extended British Royal Family appeared on the famous balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Royal Air Force Flypast. They retreated inside after the flypast was over, signalling the end of the Trooping the Colour.

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The Queen wore a blue coat and hat, pairing her customary Three Strand Pearl Necklace with the Brigade of Guards Badge. The Prince of Wales wore the Uniform of the Welsh Guards with his medals, the Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter, the Star of the Order of the Thistle, the Star of the Order of the Bath, the Neck Badge of the Order of Merit and a bearskin hat.The Duke of Cambridge wore the Uniform of the Irish Guards with his medals, the Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter, the Star of the Order of the Thistle, and a bearskin hat.

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The Duchess of Cornwall wore a pale blue Bruce Oldfield coat and Phillip Treacy hat with her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings and Everyday Choker. The Duchess of Cambridge wore an ice blue Alexander McQueen dress with a Juliette Botterill hat, aquamarine earrings, and pendant. The Duke of Sussex wore the Uniform of the Blues and Royals with the Royal Victorian Order and his Medals. The Duchess of Sussex wore a Carolina Herrera dress with a Phillip Treacy hat.

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