The Duke of York, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, rode during the The Queen’s Birthday Parade


The Duke of York, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, rode during the The Queen’s Birthday Parade also known as Trooping the Colour along with other Members of the Royal Family. 

Trooping of the Colour is an annual ceremony which is performed by different regiments of the British and commonwealth armies to mark the official birthday of The Queen.

The Queen’s actual birthday is 21 April, however it is officially celebrated in June with Trooping the Colour. This has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. 


The Queen at her first Trooping of Colour


During the event, The Duke wore the bearskin and swore which had been given to him by The Duke of Edinburgh upon his appointment as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. 

The Duke of York is the 9th member of The Royal Family to be Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Other members of The Royal Family such as, Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have also held the appointment of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. 


The Duke of York at Trooping of Colour


The Household Division has spent many weeks preparing for Trooping the Colour. There has been a dress rehearsal which was in the presence of The Duke of York - The Colonel’s Review. 

Trooping the Colour originally ensured that soldiers recognised their battalion’s colour during battle. 

The event is concluded with the tradition moment of the flypast by The Royal Air Force and The Red Arrows, watched by The Royal Family as they emerge onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace. 

Flyover over Buckingham Palace at Trooping of Colour


Watch the full Trooping the Colour ceremony on The BBC’s YouTube Channel






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