On Saturday, the British celebrate Trooping the Colour, which is the official birthday of King Charles III. The monarch rode his horse through London, where the parade is taking place. Three members of the royal family are given new honorary roles in the British military for the occasion. Why are the celebrations taking place today and not in November? We explain.
Trooping the Color is a ceremonial military parade along with a review of the military held annually in central London to celebrate the monarch’s official birthday.
Why the British monarch celebrates his birthday twice
The tradition of organizing a solemn review of troops called Trooping the Color dates back to the 16th century, and since the mid-17th century it has been associated with the official birthday of the British monarch. The main reason was to ensure the best possible weather for this public celebration. June was chosen for this month.
Therefore, every year British rulers celebrate birthdays twice – “calendar” on the day of the actual birth anniversary (Charles III was born on November 14, 1948) and during Trooping the Colors in June.
This year Charles III, during his first royal celebration Trooping the Colors, together with the heir to the throne, Prince William, rode through London on horseback. Their wives watched from the carriage.
New Honor Features
New roles of honor in the British Army will be assigned for the parade. Queen Camilla will receive the title of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards – one of the oldest units of British infantry, recognized around the world for its characteristic red uniforms and bearskin bermyka (headgear).
Prince William’s wife will also receive a new role Duchess Katewho will take over the role of Colonel in the Irish Guards after her husband. William himself will be given the title of Colonel in the Welsh Guards, which until then belonged to his father. These functions are mostly representational.
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