Photo story: Trooping the Colour, the annual official Queen’s birthday parade
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (C-R) and members of the Royal Family stand on a balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past 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.
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June.
The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London.