British royals attend Trooping the Colour for Queen’s birthday

Britain’s royal family attends the annual Trooping the Colour parade which marks the Queen’s official birthday.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 13, 2015) (BBC EVENTS) – Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British royal family attended the annual Trooping the Colour parade in London on Saturday (June 13).

Trooping the Colour has marked the sovereign’s official birthday since 1748.

The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21, but her official birthday is on a Saturday in June and the date changes every year.

More than 1,000 soldiers took place in the parade on Saturday where they displayed drill and horsemanship, with the band demonstrating its musical skills.

The royals travelled by carriage from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, where the event takes place every year.

Among them was the Duchess of Cambridge who gave birth to Princess Charlotte last month.

The event on Saturday was her first public appearance since leaving hospital on May 2.

Trooping the Colour originates from traditional preparations for battle, where flags, known as colours, were carried (trooped) down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by soldiers.

The colour being paraded on Horse Guards Palace this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour every year since she became monarch, except in 1955 when a national rail strike forced the cancellation of the event.

Saturday was the 63rd time the Queen has attended a birthday parade, a record unmatched by any monarch.