A tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, the Trooping the Colour ceremony was performed today on Horse Guards Parade by St. James’s Park. The event marks the monarch’s official birthday celebration and concluded, as in years past, with the entire British royal family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to witness a military flypast.
For the event, Queen Elizabeth her repeated sky blue hat with straw sideswept brim and wool silk covered crown. The hat is trimmed with a wide stripe of wool silk binding on the brim’s edge and a posy of blue and white silk flowers, blue seed pearls and slim white feathers, along with several looped blue blue wool silk bows.
The bright turquoise hue of the piece made Her Majesty stand out in the sea of red uniforms. It’s a lovely colour on her, as is the scale and shape of this piece. I’ve said before that the beautiful detail of the floral trim is lost except at close-up view, which is a bit disappointing at such a high profile event as this.
As in years past, members of the royal family holding the rank of Colonel in various regiments rode along in the military parade. The distinctive plumes in each of their bearskin hats signify their respective regiments- striped green and white plume of the Welsh Guards for the Prince of Wales, St. Patrick’s blue plume of the Irish Guards for the Duke of Cambridge and white plume of the Grenadier Guards for the Duke of York, who rode in this year’s parade for the first time. The Princess Royal again appeared in uniform as Colonel of the Blues and Royals with the wonderful red plumed bicorne hat of this regiment.