Today I witnessed Trooping the Colour for the first time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to get tickets to the actual parade on Horse Guards Parade but still was able to be part of the day just by being outside of Buckingham Palace.
Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Monarch. Queen Elizabeth turned 85 back in April but this was the day when she receives a Royal Salute, a 41 gun-salute and a fly past by the Royal Air Force.
Each year a regiment from one of the five foot guard regiments is selected to troop its colour. The regiment chosen to troop their colour this year were the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
After the Royal Wedding in April, the focus today was well and truly back on The Queen. In a pale blue suit Queen Elizabeth looked very happy surrounded by her family, including of course The Duke of Edinburgh who celebrated his 90th birthday just yesterday. Newlyweds, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did however prompt a surge of excitement when appearing on the balcony.
The one thing that surprised me today was the crowds outside the palace. It seemed we were surrounded by tourists who had stumbled across the event by accident. This didn’t however stop this being a proud moment and a very special day.