TROOPING THE COLOUR marks the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and is attended by senior members of the Royal Family – here is the latest news and live updates of the military parade attended by thousands today.
Trooping the Colour: Prince Louis waves from the balcony
Members of the Royal Family joined members of the public in wishing Queen Elizabeth II many happy returns during her official birthday at today’s Trooping the Colour parade. The Prince Of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, accompanied the Queen on horseback along the Whitehall route with Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Andrew, who are all royal colonels too. The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry were among the other Royal Family members attending the event. Royal fans were also delighted to see Meghan Markle in her first royal engagement since her son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born just four weeks ago.
Thousands of flag-bearing spectators lined the Mall as members of the Horse Guards Parade performed an impressive display of pomp and pageantry in Whitehall.
The procession involved more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians who moved from Buckingham Palace down the Mall.
A 41-gun salute in honour of the Queen followed the parade in nearby Green Park performed by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
The event finished with a Royal Air Force (RAF) flyover watched by the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace balcony.
Prince Louis, the youngest of the three Cambridge children, won legions of fans as he pointed and looked up in awe at the impressive fleet of aircraft passing over his head.
Trooping the Colour has taken place on the second Saturday of June in a tradition dating back more than 260 years – but the Queen’s real birthday was on April 21 when she turned 93.
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: Prince Louis looks up in wonder during the flypast (Image: Getty)
7.30pm update: Cheeky chap Prince George celebrates Trooping the Colour with Charlotte and Louis
Prince George returned to his cheeky antics when he joined the Queen and members of the royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour.
Standing in front of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and William, the Duke of Cambridge, George and Princess Charlotte, four, entertained themselves as they awaited the spectacular air display.
The five-year-old playfully squinted in the afternoon sun as he tried to catch a glimpse of the military flypast, which celebrates the Queen’s birthday.
It was George’s fifth time to attend Trooping the Colour, after he made his Buckingham Palace balcony debut in 2015.
The cheeky chap was famously snapped sticking out his tongue as he watched his parents take part in the parade down the Mall from the palace windows.
George joined Charlotte and Louis in waving to the crowd of well-wishers gathered outside the palace.
Little Louis, who turned one in April, made his palace balcony debut. The royal tot warmed hearts as he waved to fans.
6.40pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry show “tension” at Trooping the Colour reveals body language
Meghan Markle, 37, Prince Harry, 34, Prince William, 36, and Kate Middleton, 37, all attended Trooping the Colour 2019 today. However there were signs of “tension” at the key royal event, a body language expert has said.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived at Trooping the Colour together today as did Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.
Kate went on to join Harry, Meghan and Camilla Parker Bowles in a horse-drawn carriage as they took part in the ceremonial procession.
The group were later seen reunited with their spouses and children on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the RAF fly-past.
There were plenty of smiles from the Royal Family at the event yet a body language expert identified “undeniable signs of tension” and a shift in Harry’s mood.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge – who was wearing a pastel yellow coat dress by Alexander McQueen – and Meghan – sporting a navy blue ensemble by her wedding dress designer, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller – have previously been rumoured to be in a rift – but this seemed to be a thing of the past.
5.20pm update: Prince Philip MISSES Trooping the Colour
Prince Philip was not at his wife Queen Elizabeth’s side today at her annual Trooping the Colour celebrations to mark her official birthday.
The Queen rode from Buckingham Palace in the traditional royal carriage alone, and remained so throughout the historic event.
She did not let royal fans down looking deeply regal in gold and white coat and matching hat.
But Philip, who will turn 98 on Monday, has not been seen in public since the wedding of Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston on May 18.
He retired from royal duties in August 2017 following decades of attending royal functions.
A statement from Buckingham Palace when he retired said: “The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements.
“The Captain General’s Parade will bring His Royal Highness’s individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen, from time to time.”
4.30pm update: Prince Louis waving at RAF display during first outing – VIDEO
Prince Louis marked off his first public engagement waving off the air display saluting the Queen during the Trooping the Colour celebrations in London.
He attended Trooping the Colour with his parents and older siblings in what marked his first public appearance.
The young prince, nestled in the arms of his mother Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was seen bouncing happily as he waved off the RAF air display at the end of the Queen’s birthday parade.
The youngest of the Cambridge children was later passed into the arms of his father Prince William to wave at the crowd gathered outside of Buckingham Palace.
Trooping the Colour: Kate and Camilla fail to curtsy for Queen
3.40pm update: Prince George and Savannah Phillips kept apart
Prince George, five, appeared to revel in today’s birthday celebrations for his great-grandmother as he stood next to his sister Princess Charlotte, four, and they both squinted at the sky.
But he was kept apart from cousin Savannah Phillips to prevent a repeat of their cheeky behaviour from last year.
George, then four, and Savannah, then seven, were seen larking about on the Palace balcony during the RAF flyover for Trooping the Colour 2018.
Savannah tried to shush George at one point putting her fingers to her lips before putting her hand over his mouth while Prince William looked on sternly.
3.10pm update: Soldier who fell off horse taken to hospital
A soldier who fell off his horse during the military parade at Whitehall earlier today was later treated at a hospital for his injuries.
Major Niall Hall from the Irish Guards was performing in front of the Queen when it bucked him to the floor before falling on top of the man in front of horrified onlookers.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) later confirmed to Daily Star Online that the soldier was taken to hospital with none-life threatening injuries.
An MOD statement said: “Major Hall was dismounted on today’s Queen’s Birthday Parade.
“He was immediately treated by a medical team and taken to hospital.”
2.50pm update: Kate and Camilla both broke royal protocol today
The Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall both failed to curtsy to the Queen as she returned to Buckingham Palace near to the end of Trooping the Colour celebrations.
When the Queen’s carriage pulled in past the gates of the Palace, the pair stood still as Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her daughter, Lady Louise, curtsied to the Queen.
Both Kate and Camilla would be expected to curtsy to The Queen during formal engagements despite both being married to future British kings.
1.45pm update: How can you get tickets for Trooping the Colour 2020?
If you are one of the millions of people watching at home, wishing you could have been at Trooping the Colour then consider signing up for next year’s event.
A limited number of ballot tickets are available, which you can apply for online.
Trooping the Colour 2019: Prince Charles and Prince William arriving on horseback (Image: PA)
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: The soldier fell from his horse during the ceremony (Image: PA)
1.10pm update: Was Meghan’s third ring ‘push present’ from Prince Harry?
Meghan was also seen flaunting a new third ring on her ring finger as she took part in the Trooping the Colour parade next to husband Prince Harry.
The pave-set band sat on the same finger as her engagement and wedding rings – a significant placement.
A push present is a gift from a partner usually after the birth of a child and is typically jewellery.
The gift is a popular element of childbirth in the US, and a number of American celebrities have flaunted push presents in recent years.
It is not known whether Meghan’s ring is indeed a push present, or in fact an anniversary present from Prince Harry.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary, so Meghan’s new accessory could be for that occasion.
1pm update: Royals enjoy flyover – especially Prince Louis
The Royal Family enjoyed the finale of Trooping the Colour watching the impressive RAF flyover.
Prince Louis, just 13-months-old, showed no fear of the great occasion and was preoccupied by the aerial display as Prince William held him in his arms.
After the fly-past of RAF aircraft, from historic planes to modern jets, the national anthem was played and Louis joined the crowds in clapping after it ended.
He continued to clap as the Royal Family went back inside Buckingham Palace bringing the Queen’s official birthday celebrations to a close for another year.
12.55pm update: Queen leads Royal Family out onto Palace balcony to great roars from crowd
The Queen has been accompanied by senior members of the Royal Family onto the balcony.
Prince Louis was held by mum Kate as he pointed and waved to the planes above in delight.
12.40pm update: Prince George and Princess Charlotte wave from window while Prince Louis makes surprise appearance
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have given a royal wave from a Buckingham Palace window ahead of the flyover.
Baby brother Prince Louis was also visible next to them in a surprise appearance as he embarked on his first royal engagement to mark his great-grandmother’s official birthday.
The Royal Family are about to arrive on the balcony at any moment now following the 41-gun salute.
Trooping the Colour: Meghan and Kate share carriage
12.30pm update: Royal Family about to join Buckingham Palace balcony ahead of the RAF flyover
Royal Family members about to assemble on Buckingham Palace balcony ahead of the RAF flyover.
12.15pm update: Parade is making its way to Buckingham Palace for flyover finale
Soldiers on horseback and foot are marching back towards Buckingham Palace in a majestic, unified display for the final part of the royal parade.
Over 1400 parading, almost 300 horses and 400 musicians have taken part in this year’s Trooping the Colour.
Earlier, a Sovereign’s Escort from the Household Cavalry accompanied the Queen made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.
12.08pm update: The Household Cavalry and Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery rank past following the parade
Trooping the Colour is social as well as a ceremonial occasion and in the stands overlooking the parade ground were the wives, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.
The event featured around 1,400 servicemen in total and hundreds of Guardsmen were lined up on the parade ground waiting to be inspected by the Queen.
Soon the Queen will travel to Buckingham Palace, where she will witness the Red Arrows flypast.
11.55am update: Which designers have the royal women chosen this year?
The royal women looked stylish in their outfits with the Queen wearing an Angela Kelly tweed dress in shades of pale pink, mint yellow and gold and a matching hat by Ms Kelly. The head of state also wore a badge of the Brigade of Guards.
Meghan wore a dress by Clare Waight Keller and hat by Noel Stewart while Kate wore a favourite designer – an Alexander McQueen dress and hat by Philip Treacy.
Camilla had also chosen a mainstay designer Bruce Oldfield who had created a bright green dress and coat with white embroidery teamed with a Philip Treacy hat.
The Countess of Wessex, who had travelled to the ceremony in a carriage with her husband the Earl of Wessex and their children the Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor, wore a green Suzannah dress and hat by Jane Taylor.
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: Camilla, Prince Harry and Meghan (Image: PA)
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: Meghan Markle in navy blue sits next to Prince Harry (Image: Stephen Lock / i-Images)
11.49am update: What are the medals Prince Charles is wearing?
Prince Charles rode toward Buckingham Palace behind the Queen’s carriage, side by side with eldest son Prince William.
Charles and William both wore ceremonial military dress, and several medals adorned Charles’ jacket.
The Prince of Wales wears no medals for valour in combat as he has not fought.
Instead, he wears the appropriate regalia, given his service, ranks in the Navy and Air Force, and appropriate titles. He wears the Order of Merit, the Order of the Bath, and the Queen’s Service Order, all for service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Other decorations of note include medals related to the Queen herself, including the Queen’s Coronation Medal, Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal, all awarded for a celebration of his mother ascending to the throne and her continued reign as Queen.
11.45am update: What is the ceremonial regimental flag on display this year?
The colour, or ceremonial regimental flag, being paraded this year was from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, a frontline infantry regiment of the British Army when not performing ceremonial duties.
Their lineage can be traced back to 1656 when the military unit was raised as the sovereign’s bodyguards by King Charles II while in exile in Bruges.
11.37am update: Queen watches soldiers as they parade past
The official military parade is underway showing as the troops march past the Queen in perfect time and precision to the tune of 400 musicians.
A salute is carried out as each regiment passes the Queen under the watchful eye of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
Cheers can also be heard from the crowd in honour of the great parade of pomp, pageantry and colour.
MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BABY ARCHIE MISSING FROM TROOPING THE COLOUR
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: The Duchess of Sussex arrives in blue (Image: Max Mumby)
11.25am update: Soldier falls from horse
A solder has fallen from his horse doing the parade.
He is not reported to have serious injuries and received immediate attention from medical professionals who pulled him to his feet.
11.05am update: The Duchess of Sussex looks chic in navy
Meghan has stunned crowds in her first outing since having son Archie Harrison.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, looked relaxed as she travelled down the Mall in a horse-drawn carriage, sitting next to Harry, 34, and opposite Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Later, the royals will make their way to Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the spectacular air display, which includes the famous Red Arrows.
10.50am update: Queen leaves Buckingham Palace
The Queen has officially left Buckingham Palace and is riding in her royal carriage dressed in a resplendent cream outfit with a matching hat.
The National Anthem is being played.
10.40am: Royals are waving to crowds as they ride
The royals are starting to arrive to huge cheers from the crowd.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall are riding in a carriage opposite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are in a separate carriage.
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE Royal fans are out in force to wish the Queen happy birthday (Image Getty)
10.35am update: Royal Grenadiers start to line up outside Buckingham Palace ahead of Queen’s arrival
Members of the Royal Grenadiers are taking their places ahead of the arrival of the Queen.
Members of the Welsh Guards, a regiment of Household Division, are also marching to the Horseguards parade.
Meanwhile, huge crowds are in place cheering the arrival of the arriving royals and troops.
10.30am update: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate arrive
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are arriving for Trooping the Colour 2019.
Kate can be seen wearing a pastel yellow dress with matching hat while Meghan is dressed in blue, believed to be sat next to Prince Harry.
10.08am update: Olivia Colman ‘totally thrilled’ to be made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019
Olivia Coleman has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019 along with famous names Rachel Whiteread, Bear Grylls, Joanna Trollope and Griff Rhys Jones.
The Oscar-winning actress will soon star as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown season three.
She said: “I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be. It’s such an honour.”
Trooping the Colour 2019 LIVE: The Royal Family Twitter account has wished the Queen Happy Birthday (Image: The Royal Family/Twitter)
9.55am update: Will it rain?
Much of Britain will be battered by rain, thunder and hail this weekend as Storm Miguel sweeps in from Spain.
London saw a damp start to the morning with light rainfall, which may concern attendees planning on being in the crowds for the parade.
The Met Office tweeted earlier “there will be a mixture of bright or sunny spells with scattered showers for those watching or taking part in today’s Trooping of the Colour”.
So if you are planning on going to the event, take a brolly or raincoat with you.
9.43am update: Identical twins will from different Army regiments go head-to-head in parade
Identical twins from different British Army regiments will be performing in today’s Trooping the Colour.
Guardsman Thomas Dell is in the Grenadier Guards while his twin brother Trooper Ben Dell is in the Household Cavalry.
The pair have said they enjoy the healthy competition of their military rivalry.
Ben said: “Since we were very young all the way up to now, it’s always a competition of who’s the better one. It’s a lot of fun.”
Trooping the Colour 2019 live stream: Thomas Dell and his twin brother Ben Dell will both be there (Image: PA)
9.30am update: Timings for Trooping the Colour 2019
This the schedule of events for today:
9.15am: Troops start to form up on Horse Guards Parade
10.45m: The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace to start the procession escorted by the Household Cavalry
11am: The Queen arrives on Horse Guards Parade for the Royal Salute. She will inspect every member of the troops as her carriage rides down the front of the ranks. The Household Cavalry and Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery rank past following the parade.
12.20pm: The Queen will return up the Mall to Buckingham Palace. Once there, she will disembark from her carriage and will ascend a low platform, officially known as a dais, to watch the parade march past her in salute.
12.52pm: A 41 Gun Salute will be fired in Green Park by the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery
12.55pm: The Queen and members of the Royal Family will assemble on the balcony of Buckingham Pace for the royal flypast.
1pm: Flypast commences ending with the Red Arrows.
9.15am update: How to watch Trooping the Colour
Live coverage of all the pomp and pageantry of the royal parade begins at 10.30am on BBC One.
You can watch live on BBC i-Player.
Overseas viewers can watch the BBC’s Trooping the Colour YouTube livestream
This year, the BBC will air an exclusive interview between the Duke of York and presenter Huw Edwards as part of its coverage.
Prince Andrew was made Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in December 2017 following Prince Philip’s retirement from public service.
Source: EXPRES CO UK