This morning’s event started bright and early (5:30 a.m. for the WWKD team!) and marked a marvelous celebration of the Queen’s birthday.
The Trooping the Color parade is an annual celebration marking the Sovereign’s birthday. Despite Her Majesty The Queen’s real birthday being on April 21, her birthday is officially celebrated in a Saturday in June so the country can celebrate along with her!
No one does pomp and circumstance quite like the British! The parade is iconic, brimming with red coats and furry hats. From the UK Government’s Royal Website:
Trooping the Colour is carried out by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.
The Royal Family joins her in “fairytale” carriages, parading through downtown London for all the citizens to see. The event is a big day for the British! Kate was joined in her carriage by the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. The Duke of Edinburgh was unfortunately missing today’s events, as he is still in the hospital recovering from surgery. After the rest of the royal family departed in their carriages, the Queen appeared in the glass carriage joined by the Duke of Kent. She was a vision of regal blue with a lovely white brimmed hat.
This was Kate’s final official event! The next time we see her (in an official capacity), she will have a baby in her arms. She looked positively radiant today in the parade. She was a vision in pink, a color which WWKD had hoped to see more of. Her bespoke Alexander McQueen light pink coat was accessorized with a Jane Corbett hat, last seen at last year’s garden party, and her Anoushka pearl drop earrings.
View footage from the Queen’s very first Trooping!