In addition to being crowned in May, King Charles III will honour his coronation with the first Trooping the Color of his reign in the early summer. He is carrying on the traditions of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Six weeks after his coronation on May 6, the King will have his birthday procession, known as Trooping the Colour, in the heart of London in June. The annual festival, which features a flypast over Buckingham Palace after a procession of hundreds of soldiers at Horse Guards Parade, will take place on June 17, 2023, according to the palace.
Although the public celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s birthday in June because of the better weather, her real birthday is April 21. Despite the fact that King Charles’ birthday is in November, it seems as though he will hold the public celebrations at the same time as his mother.
The custom is thought to have begun in 1748, during King George II’s reign. Although George II was born in October, the yearly Trooping of the Colour has evolved into an occasion to honour both the monarch and the military services. Despite having a history of more than 200 years, Trooping the Colour rose to prominence in the royal calendar during Queen Elizabeth’s illustrious 70-year reign. Over the course of those seven decades, TV and later colour photos brought the pomp to life for millions of people all over the world while also showcasing the royal family.
The breathtaking display of military precision, horsemanship, and fanfare will be performed by more than 1,400 troops, 200 horses, and 400 musicians to commemorate King Charles’ official birthday, according to Buckingham Palace. King Charles will take the salute at the parade after the royal family members who aren’t riding horses take a carriage ride from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards.
The family will later view the Red Arrows display team and Royal Air Force jets flyover from the famous royal balcony.
Trooping the Color this year was a part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations honouring the late Queen’s 70 years in power.
The day will also bring Kate Middleton a new title and position: her father-in-law has appointed her as the new honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards. This appointment is appropriate because Kate, 40, has honoured that guards regiment on most St. Patrick’s Day celebrations ever since she wed Prince William in 2011.
Prince William, 40, who has been named Colonel of the Welsh Guards by his father, formerly held the position of Colonel of the Irish Guards. That corresponds to his newly appointed position as Prince of Wales, which Charles obtained from the King soon after Queen Elizabeth passed away on September 8.
The title of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, which Prince Andrew’s late mother had taken away, has now been confirmed for Queen Camilla.
In light of the issue involving Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the title of the new Colonels answers some of the questions that have been raised since that event.
There had been a rumour that it might go to his sister, Princess Anne. The palace acknowledged that she is still the colonel of the Blues and Royals Household Cavalry troop.