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[British] Royals join Trooping the Colour parade to celebrate the Queen's birthday

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...After the Queen takes the salute on Horse Guards, the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF fly-past....

The Queen is celebrating her official birthday today with the Trooping the Colour parade, as she is joined by her family for the annual display of pomp and pageantry.

The event sees more than 1,000 soldiers taking part, and goes ahead after the Queen spoke of her pride in a nation rallying after "terrible tragedies" in London and Manchester. 

 

Trooping the Colour 2017, in pictures

Trooping the Colour 2017, in pictures

With the Duke's recent announcement that he will retire from public duties after the summer, this could be the last time the public see him play such a visible role in the ceremony.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's carriage is followed by senior Royals riding.

Royal Guard marching during the Trooping of the Color Queen's 91st birthday parade - Credit: British ministry of defence

 

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Royal Guard marching during the Trooping of the Color Queen's 91st birthday parade Credit: British ministry of defence

The Duke of Edinburgh has chosen this year to wear morning dress instead of full uniform, and sports a Household Division tie, Garter Star and Medals. 

The Prince of Wales, riding horse George, wears the Guard of Honour uniform. The Duke of Cambridge wears his Irish Guard's Tunic with Jubilee medals, sword and bearskin, and rides Wellesley.

rincess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York - Credit: Getty

Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York Credit: Getty

The Princess Royal, on Sir John, wears her Colonel of the Blues and Royals uniform, with medals.

The first carriage carries the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, followed by a second carriage with the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.  

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney attends the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade - Credit: PA

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney attends the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade Credit: PA

The procession will be accompanied by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.

The Colour being paraded on Horse Guards this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

Members of the Coldstream Guards, a regiment of the Household Cavalry, ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade - Credit: AFP

Members of the Coldstream Guards, a regiment of the Household Cavalry, ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade Credit: AFP

Four of the five Foot Guards regiments of the Household Division – the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Irish Guards – will march in the parade wearing bearskin hats and red tunics.

The Household Division Bands and Corps of Drums will also take part, as will the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen's official birthday.

The Queens Birthday Honours List: in pictures

The Queens Birthday Honours List: in pictures

After the Queen takes the salute on Horse Guards, the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF fly-past.

Among the 30 aircraft taking part are Spitfires and Hurricanes, made famous in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, and also modern jets like the multi-role Typhoon fighter, while the Red Arrows will be the finale.

The Royal family enjoy Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2016 - Credit: Getty

 

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The Royal family enjoy Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2016 Credit: Getty

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle. Colours, or flags, were carried, or ''trooped'', down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to ''troop the colours'' and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign's official birthday.

The Queen's actual birthday was on April 21, when she turned 91.

The most glorious Trooping the Colour looks from over the years

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