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.

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Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
Members of the Royal Family stand on a balcony of Buckingham Palace and watch the fly-past during. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
(2-L-R) Britain’s Prince George, his father Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II stand on a balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past during the Trooping of the Colour Queen’s birthday parade. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
(R-L) 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.

 

Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
A Queen’s Guard falls from his horse at Horseguards Parade for the annual Trooping the Colour in London. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN
Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
(L-R) Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride in a carriage during the Trooping of the Colour Queen’s birthday parade, in central London.
Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
Ceremonial soldiers march during the Trooping of the Colour Queen’s birthday parade, in central London, Britain, 08 June 2019.
Trooping the Colour Queen's birthday parade in London
Ceremonial soldiers ride on horses during the Trooping of the Colour Queen’s birthday parade, in central London, Britain.

 

Photos: EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

 

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