His Majesty the King took the Salute at the annual parade yesterday to mark the Monarch’s official birthday for the first time in his reign.

The King was saluted as Colonel in Chief of the seven regiments of the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade in this spectacular ceremony which is steeped in history. 

This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or ‘trooped’) down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. 

His Majesty The King on horseback at Horseguards during Trooping the Colour for The King’s Birthday Parade. Photographer: Petty Officer Joel Rouse – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Since 1748, this parade has also marked the Sovereign’s official birthday. Last year, during the Trooping of the Colour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, The King took the salute at Horse Guards on behalf of Her Majesty.

This year marks the first Trooping the Colour of His Majesty’s reign. The King attended his first Trooping the Colour in 1951, aged three, riding in a carriage with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and aunt, Princess Margaret. The King first rode in the parade as Colonel of the Welsh Guards in 1975.

The crowds gaze skyward as The Typhoon Display Team form the Kings Cypher as they approach Buckingham Palace during the Kings Birthday flypast. Photographer:
AS1 Tom Cann RAF Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Marking the first time that the reigning Monarch has ridden at Trooping the Colour since 1986, when Queen Elizabeth II last rode, The King joined the Birthday Parade on horseback.

The troops processed from Buckingham Palace down The Mall before forming up on Horse Guard’s Parade ready for inspection by The King.

The Duke of Edinburgh rode in the parade as Colonel of the London Guards for the first time. He has been Royal Colonel of the London Regiment since 2011, which was re-designated the London Guards last year.

His Majesty was joined by Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family to view the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Troop their Colour. The Sovereign’s Escort was provided by The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals.

The Princess of Wales (right) and Her Majesty The Queen (centre) return by carriage to Buckingham Palace from Horse Guard’s Parade. Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Following the Parade, the Royal Family returned to Buckingham Palace in procession down the Mall.

Upon their return, The King and Queen were joined by other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast of 70 aircraft in celebration of His Majesty’s first official birthday.

Main photo: His Majesty The King and senior Royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Flypast after Trooping the Colour for The King’s Birthday Parade. Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here