All the colour and spectacle of ceremony and military history was well and truly celebrated at the recent Trooping the Colour to recognise the Queen’s official birthday.
The Queen has two birthdays every year. Her actual birthday is on 21 April, and her official birthday is recognised on a Saturday in June when the weather is a little better to accommodate the monarch’s celebrations.
It was my first time at an event like this and I was lucky enough to get a good vantage point as we watched the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh being escorted down the Mall in a horse-drawn carriage followed by other members of the Royal Family.
I was in the company of other photographers as this was part of a workshop that I was attending with this group.
A great deal of preparation goes into the tightly choreographed spectacle. This includes mounted military bands and guardsmen wearing traditional colourful bearskin hats and scarlet tunics. The Queen’s parade sees well over 1000 soldiers and horses before she appears with her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. This is then followed by an RAF flypast.
I watched along with thousands of other spectators but had to arrive super early to get a good view.
I’ve put together a selection of some other images from the day and hope you enjoy! 😊
Peace and love,