Queen Elizabeth’s birthday was officially celebrated today with the Trooping the Colour ceremony performed on Horse Guards Parade by St. James’s Park. A tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, the event is a colourful military spectacle.
For this year’s birthday celebration, Queen Elizabeth repeated her ecru, pink and pale blue woven silk wool coat and hat. The modified cloche shape of the hat features a steeply sloped crown and is trimmed with beautifully detailed wired sequin flower trim.
I was surprised to see this hat today- the Queen usually chooses less work ensembles for this event in bright colours that make her stand out in the sea of red uniforms. The gentle colour variation in the weave of the fabric on this hat is beautiful, as are the sequin flowers that embellish it but both of these are lost at distant view, which is a bit disappointing for an event like this.
As in years past, members of the royal family holding the rank of Colonel in various regiments rode along in the military parade with distinctive plumes in each of their bearskin hats to 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
White plume of the Grenadier Guards for the Duke of York, whose regiment’s colours were trooped this year.
The Princess Royal in the wonderful red plumed bicorne hat of Colonel of the Blues and Royals.
York, Wessex and Phillips Families
Gloucester and Kent Families