In a momentous occasion that will no doubt be etched in the annals of British royal history, King Charles will take part in a special Trooping the Colour tradition that hasn’t been seen in more than 30 years.
In a historic announcement, Buckingham Palace has revealed that King Charles will participate in the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on horseback.
King Charles decision is no doubt a significant moment for royal fans as it marks the first time a reigning monarch has ridden in the parade since Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.
“His Majesty The King will take the Salute as Colonel in Chief of the seven regiments of the Household Division, at the Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade, on Saturday 17th June 2023,” the Palace announced in a statement.
“Marking the first time that the reigning Monarch has ridden at Trooping the Colour since 1986, when Queen Elizabeth II last rode, The King will join His Majesty’s Birthday Parade on horseback.”
King Charles III will take the salute at Trooping the Colour on June 17th on horseback.
It will be the first time a Monarch has ridden at Trooping since 1986 when Queen Elizabeth II last rode. pic.twitter.com/7aG1F497hD
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The Trooping the Colour is an annual military ceremony held in London, United Kingdom, to celebrate the official birthday of the British monarch. It is a longstanding tradition that dates back to the 17th century and is considered one of the most prestigious and significant events on the British royal calendar.
Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.
The streets are lined with crowds 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.
The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony.
King Charles will take centre stage at the historic ceremony this year after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8 2022.