All the best moments from Trooping the Colour, 2017 It’s the biggest and brightest day in the royal calendar!

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All the best moments from Trooping the Colour, 2017
It’s the biggest and brightest day in the royal calendar!

Trooping the Colour, 2017 is off to a spectacular start with the British Royal Family out in full force.

Ahead of the day’s festivities, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh lead a national minute of silence outside Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to three recent tragedies that have rocked Britain.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, travel in the royal carriage during the annual Trooping the Colour parade  CREDIT: GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, travel in the royal carriage during the annual Trooping the Colour parade CREDIT: GETTY

The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a stylish pink dress with a matching pink hat, and the Duchess of Cornwall, who kept things classic in a cream ensemble, lead the royal procession arriving together in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Queen and Prince Philip, who for the first time isn’t wearing his military uniform due to his recent retirement, arrived in a horse-drawn carriage shortly after.

The 91-year-old monarch looked resplendent in a pale blue ensemble as she waved to the adoring crowds.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the annual Trooping the Colour parade CREDIT: CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the annual Trooping the Colour parade CREDIT: CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY

You might be asking yourself what is Trooping the Colour? The lavish ceremony is held every year to celebrate the ruling monarch’s birthday.

Trooping the Colour, 2017, will kick off at at 7:00 pm and go until 10:00 pm on Saturday, 17 June, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Despite Queen Elizabeth’s actual birthday falling on April 21, tradition dictates the event is carried out in June thanks to a clever King George II, who deemed it too chilly to celebrate his birthday on the day he actually was born in November.

So now every year, the royal family gather in the British summer for a stunning display of pomp and ceremony in the heart of London.

Consider it the public’s way of singing Her Majesty Happy Birthday.

Members of the Coldstream Guards, a regiment of the Household Cavalry, ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade
Members of the Coldstream Guards, a regiment of the Household Cavalry, ahead of the Queen’s Birthday Parade

The Queen’s birthday parade is the next best thing to a royal wedding and involves a literal army!

Trooping the Colour is performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. In the past, it took place on battlefields and regiment’s colours or flags were used as rallying points.

It is carried out by fully trained troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.

The participants carry their colours, also known as flags, and salute the Queen as she walks past, hence the name Trooping the Colour.

Royal Guard marching during the Trooping of the Color Queen's 91st birthday parade CREDIT: BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Royal Guard marching during the Trooping of the Color Queen’s 91st birthday parade CREDIT: BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

In a special touch, members of the royal family also get involved in the fun. This year Prince William, who was appointed the Colonel of the Irish Guards in 2011, has the esteemed honour of inspecting the soldiers on behalf his grandmother.

It is expected that over 1,400 officers, 400 musicians and 200 horses will attend.

The Queen herself travels by carriage from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade across St. James’s Park to inspect her troops, receive a royal salute and take a salute of her own.

Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York CREDIT: GETTY
Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York CREDIT: GETTY

The day culminates in a vibrant flypast by the Royal Air Force, which the royal family view from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The glorious event has been watched by generations of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney attends the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade CREDIT: PA
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney attends the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade CREDIT: PA

Trooping also gives avid royal watchers the chance to see the modern monarchy in their element – big hats, bright colours, royal waves and all!

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