Explained: What is the UK's Trooping the Colour parade?

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Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Trooping the Colour, staged every June by London's Horse Guards Parade, has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years. Throughout the ceremony, Charlotte, who matched her mother the Duchess of Cambridge in a pale blue dress, was all smiles as she stood next to her cousin and on the opposite side of her four-year-old brother Prince George.

Their public appearance together followed media speculation in recent weeks that they had been on honeymoon, although Kensington Palace, Harry's office, has not provided details of any trip.

"Being the first turban-wearing Sikh to troop the colour and to be part of the escort is a really high honour for me and hopefully for everyone else as well", said Mr Lall from Leicester, who came to the United Kingdom from India as a boy.

Despite speculation, new baby Prince Louis did not make an appearance on the balcony.

The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle.

Coming back to Trooping colours, this official parade includes over 1,400parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians according to Kensington Palace.

After the ceremony the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast.

Following her recent eye operation to remove a cataract, the Queen showed no ill effects and was not wearing sunglasses as she has at some outdoor events. The 79-year-old, in full ceremonial uniform with heavy plumed metal helmet and breast-plate, appeared to pass out and slump down in the saddle before crashing to the ground.

All of the Royal Family was in attendance.

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