Trooping the Colour is a centuries-old tradition which predates even the late Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Today, for the Coronation of King Charles, royal fans have descended on The Mall in Central London to cheer on the newly-crowned king and queen.
But they’ll be back to watch the time-honoured ceremony later this year, where they’ll once again be treated to the sight of the working royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
But what is Trooping the Colour actually all about, and why do we have this event every year?
Here’s all you need to know.
When is Trooping the Colour this year?
Trooping the Colour always takes place in the Summer (Summer is Here SALE)rtime.
This year, the date is Saturday, June 17.
Otherwise known as The King’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour marks the monarch’s official birthday in June, while his actual birthday is in November (the 14th, if you wanted to pop it in your diaries to send him a card).
The annual celebratory Summer (Summer is Here SALE)rtime event has taken place since 1758, when thousands headed to the capital to partake in King George II’s official birthday celebrations.
What happens during Trooping the Colour?
During the parade, typically the monarch will usually inspect soldiers from the Household Division.
The term ‘trooped’ or ‘trooping’ comes from a tradition of the British Army – in order for troops to understand the different regiment’s colours, officers would march in-between the ranks of troops who stood in lines waving their colours.
‘Colours’ is another way of describing the regimental flags of the British Army’s different units, and were used to help troops quickly identify their unit on the battlefield.
Each year, a different regiment’s Colours are trooped.
A 41-gun salute takes place in Green Park afterwards, followed by the highlight of the day for many – the royals taking to the balcony.
This year’s Trooping the Colour will be King Charles’ first as sovereign.
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