Queen Camilla stuns in red as she attends Trooping the Colour06/17/2023
Queen Camilla is inspired by the Grenadier Guards as she attends Trooping the Colour in bold red military-style jacket and black hat
- Camilla, 75, donned a red Fiona Clare outfit today, inspired by grenadier guards
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Queen Camilla donned a bold red outfit as she attended Trooping the Colour in London today.
The Queen Consort, 75, travelled to Horse Guards Parade in a carriage alongside Kate, Princess of Wales and her children, Prince Louis, five, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince George, nine.
Camilla beamed as she waved to royal fans who had been lining up early this morning, no doubt hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the members of The Firm.
She opted for a red ensemble, donning a Fiona Clare outfit, which was inspired by Grenadier Guards.
In a nod to their black hats, she also opted for headgear in the dark tone, created by milliner Philip Treacy.
The Queen donned a red Fiona Clare outfit today, which was inspired by grenadier guards, as she made her way to Horse Guards Parade
In December, Buckingham Palace announced that Camilla would become the new colonel of the Grenadier Guards, replacing Prince Andrew.
Today is the first Trooping the Colour the Royal Family marks without the late Queen Elizabeth II, following her death last September.
Last year’s celebrations marked seven decades since the late Monarch’s ascension to the throne, meanwhile this year heralds a new era for the family, with King Charles at its helm.
The Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the sovereign – which takes place in June despite Charles being born in November – for more than 260 years.
The King is the first monarch in more than 30 years to take part in the event on horseback.
Charles will take the royal salute as Colonel in Chief of the Household Division’s seven regiments during the ceremony, staged on Horse Guards Parade, as members of the royal family and 8,000 spectators watch.
The colour, or regimental flag, that will be trooped in front of hundreds of Guardsmen and officers will be the King’s Colour of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.
Camilla and The Princess of Wales were pictured smiling and waving as they made their way to Horse Guards Parade
She travelled in a carriage alongside Kate, Princess of Wales and her children, Prince Louis, five, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince George, nine
It will be the first time a reigning monarch has ridden at the Colour since Queen Elizabeth’s horse Burmese carried her during the 1986 ceremony.
Burmese, a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was the Queen’s favourite steed for ceremonial occasions and she rode it for 18 years until its retirement in 1986, and decided to use a carriage for rather than train another charger.
When the King rides from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards, he will be joined on horseback by the royal Colonels – Prince of Wales, Colonel, Welsh Guards and the Princess Royal, Gold Stick in Waiting and Colonel, The Blues and Royals.
The Duke of Edinburgh will also be riding during the ceremony in his role as Colonel of the 1st Battalion London Guards, formed last year.
The Queen also wore a black hat by hat designer Philip Treacy, which had a gold emblem on it
The royal party will travel in the middle of a Sovereign’s Mounted Escort formed by troops from the Household Cavalry’s Life Guards and Blues and Royals, with two divisions riding in front and two behind.
During the ceremony, the King will inspect the Guardsmen, in their scarlet tunics and bearskins, standing in two rows on Horse Guards before the colour is trooped.
The massed bands of the Household Division will provide musical backing during the day and also taking part is the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the King’s official birthday – while from the Tower of London the Honourable Artillery Company will fire 62 volleys.
Following the ceremony, the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch an extended military flypast after the display on coronation day had to be scaled down due to bad weather.
Around 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force will take part – including aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the C-130 Hercules on its final ceremonial flight, modern Typhoon fighter jets with a red, white and blue finale from the Red Arrows.
What is Trooping the Colour?
The Trooping the Colour ceremony takes place to celebrate the birthday of the reigning monarch in the UK and has been held every year for the past 260 years.
This year, the display will take place on Saturday June 17. It will feature the King’s personal troops, the Household Division – who will be situated on Horse Guards Parade – with the King himself set to attend and take salute.
The popular event will attract big crowds, who will be seen waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
Some 113 words of command will be given by the Officer in Command of the Parade. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.
During the ceremony, Charles will be greeted by a royal salute, before carrying out an inspection of the troops, who are fully trained and operational soldiers wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats.
After the massed bands have performed a musical ‘troop’, the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.
The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry will march past His Majesty, The King’s Troop and the Royal Horse Artillery. Subsequently, the King shall ride back to Buckingham Palace at the head of his Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace.
His Majesty will then join other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force.
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