The British royal family celebrated Queen Elizabeth‘s Official Birthday today, June 17, at the annual Trooping the Color at Horse Guards Parade, with a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.
BP released a message from the Queen on the occasion of her Official Birthday about the recent tragedies the UK has faced:
“Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies. As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need. Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”
The Queen and Prince Philip held a minute of silence at BP before leaving for the ceremony. They then traveled down The Mall in a carriage procession followed by the royal colonels – Prince Charles, Prince William, and Princess Anne – on horseback and other family members in carriages.
Once at Horse Guard’s Parade, over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians greeted HM with a royal salute before she inspected the troops and listened to the military bands perform. The the 1st Battalion Irish Guards Trooped their Color in front of HM.
The royal then traveled back to BP for a flypast. That’s where the wee ones come in. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents on the balcony.
I know not everyone will enjoy the Cambridge family color-coordination going on, but I actually like it this time.
Kate Middleton wore a new, custom Alexander McQueen dress based on the “pleated skirt skater dress”. She also wore a new pink Jane Taylor hat, the Queen’s Diamond Pendant Earrings, and her Etui Bags nude clutch.
From the waist up, I think Kate looks really pretty, but the pleats are a no for me.
Kate traveled in a carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry (who looked grumpy in every photo except this one).
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie wore coordinating florals.
And for some reason Sophie wasn’t present, so Prince Edward rode in the carriage with Prince Andrew and his daughters.