Jun 18, 2023 at 00:25Update: a few seconds ago
The annual British Trooping the Color parade celebrated King Charles’s birthday for the first time on Saturday. But Charles’s birthday isn’t until November. Why do British royals celebrate their birthday twice a year? A picture report.
On Saturday, London was all about Trooping the Colour. The annual military parade is held in honor of the British monarch’s birthday. This year it will be that of King Charles for the first time. Fourteen hundred soldiers, two hundred horses and four hundred musicians took part in the parade. Photo: ANPKing Charles himself went on horseback. It was the first time in 37 years that a monarch had sat on a horse during the ceremony. Queen Elizabeth last did that on her sixtieth birthday, in 1986. After that she sat in a carriage every year. Photo: ANPCharles drove from Buckingham Palace on The Mall, the road between the palace and Trafalgar Square. He inspected the troops, who played marching music and saluted. There were grandstands along the route, on which 8,000 British people could watch the event. The tickets were raffled among more than 250,000 interested people. The event lasted about two hours.Other British royals also rode in the parade. Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward went on horseback, followed by a carriage carrying Queen Camilla and Princess Catherine. William and Catherine’s children – George, Louis and Charlotte – also rode in a carriage. Photo: ANPBut Charles’s birthday isn’t until November. The tradition of British royals celebrating their birthdays twice a year started in 1748. King George II loved to party, but his birthday fell in November. Because of the weather at that time of year, he decided to have a summer party. When his successor George III was crowned king in 1760, Trooping the Color really grew into an annual event. Photo: ANPDuring the rehearsal for the spectacle a week ago, soldiers fainted from the heat. As far as we know, that did not happen on Saturday. Photo: ANP