Platinum Jubilee 2022 Trooping the Color: What to Know


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The Trooping of the Colour, a ceremony marking the official birthday of Britain’s Queen, is minutes away.

The ceremony is one of many events taking place throughout the week as Britain celebrates 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. It follows the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1977, 2002 and 2012, which marked 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. Jubilees are usually marked by a combination of ceremonial military parades, a church service and street parties.

The events started on June 2 and will continue until June 5.

QUEEN ELIZABETH THROUGH THE YEARS

Queen Elizabeth II watches a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.
(Max Momby/Indigo/Getty Images)

WHAT IS COLOR TROOPING?

The ceremony begins with a parade from Buckingham Palace at The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade.

Members of the royal family accompany the parade in horse-drawn carriages. Queen Elizabeth II has been riding a horse for the parade for the past few years, but she will not be taking part in the main parade this year, according to People magazine.

The royals are joined by 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians, according to the palace. Typically, Queen Elizabeth II conducts an army inspection and then returns to the balcony of Buckingham Palace. This year, however, Prince Charles will carry out the inspection. He will be joined by Prince William and Princess Anne.

The event ends with a Royal Air Force flypast as the Royal Family, including the Queen, watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. A 41-gun salute is also fired in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

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WHO PARTICIPATES ?

Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony during Trooping the Colour.

Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony during Trooping the Colour.
(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

With Queen Elizabeth II not taking part in the main parade, Prince Charles is expected to play a key role in the first event of the Jubilee weekend, saluting soldiers passing through the field during the annual military parade known as the Trooping the Colour. The Queen will also salute from the balcony of the Home Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The Queen will later appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flypast. Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children will also appear on the balcony at the event with Prince Charles and other members of the royal family.

Prince Andrew as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will notably be absent. The trio have made balcony appearances at past Trooping of the Color ceremonies, but will not be doing so this year as they are not working members of the Royal Family.

“After careful consideration, The Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Balcony Trooping the Color appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family who are currently carrying out official public duties on behalf of the Queen,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement.

Prince Andrew resigned from public office in 2019 after being publicly linked to Jeffrey Epstein. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Markle have announced they will be stepping back from royal duties in 2020.

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage during Trooping the Colour.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage during Trooping the Colour.
(Photo by James Devaney)

PAUSE

The Trooping of the Color ceremony has not been held at full capacity since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, the ceremony was small with a palace insider telling Fox News that digital security was a priority.

“After receiving advice from the Government, Public Health England and other relevant bodies, it was clear that holding such a large-scale event in central London, with the associated crowds, travel and additional infrastructure needed to make it compliant with COVID-19 guidelines, would not be possible this year,” the insider said ahead of the festivities at the time.

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The only time the Trooping of the Color was canceled during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II was in 1955 due to a national railway strike.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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