|The Royal Family at the balcony during the Trooping the Colour. |
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The Duke of Cambridge, who is a Colonel of the Irish Guards, rode the horse as he paraded with other officers.
Prince Charles and Princess Anne also joined in the ceremony. The Prince of Wales is Colonel of the Welsh Guards while the Princess Royal is Colonel of the Blues and Royals.
The absence of the Duke of Edinburgh was well-noted. Himself, a fixture in the annual ceremony, he is still recovering at the hospital.
Going back to the Duchess of Cambridge, she really looks elegant in her light-pink Alexander McQueen coat, accentuated with pearl buttons and complemented with matching hat. She shared a carriage ride with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. The royals were all joyful and waving at loyal subjects as they make their way through the route.
|Prince Harry cracks a joke. Camilla and Kate responds positively.|
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|Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn try to magnify the |
planes in the sky. Image credit: AP/ Mail Online
|Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York wave at the loyal onlookers.|
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|Buckingham Palace. Image credit: AFP/Getty/ Mail Online|
|Queen Elizabeth II after the ceremony.|
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|Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince William joins the parade.|
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|Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, outside Buckingham|
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|Prince Harry chitchats with Will and Kate. Image credit: Getty/ Mail Online|
|Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge shares a carriage ride with Duchess of Cornwall|
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|The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace's balcony. Image credit: Getty/ Mail Online|
Other members of the Royal Family also joined the carriage parade. The last to arrive was the Queen who rode a glass coach with her cousin, the Duke of Kent, from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade.
The Queen was wearing a royal blue Angela Kelly coat. Her hat was complemented by a matching lace dress. She took the royal salute while her family looked on. Among the royals who were present included the Duke of York and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor.
Everyone was cheering Her Majesty after she took the short ride back to Buckingham Palace at the end of the ceremony. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery saluted her with a 41-gun salute in Green Park.
This was the third time that Prince Philip missed the event. He missed the occasion in 1962 and in 1968, when he was on a royal tour.
It was 1951 when the Queen first took the royal salute. Her father, George VI, was already sick at the time and did not make it to the ceremony.
The only instance that the Queen missed receiving the mark of respect was in 1955, when the national rail strike paralyzed the country.
As usual, thousands of soldiers, horses and musicians joined this year’s Trooping the Color. Aside from commemorating the Queen’s birthday, the ceremony also allows the Guardsmen to take pride of their of their work, as well as, to celebrate their achievements with their families and loved ones.
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