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In pictures: Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour
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Although the Queen was born in April, the sovereign's birthday is officially celebrated in June with the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall.
Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex
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For the first time Prince Charles' new wife, the Duchess of Cornwall (centre), shared a carriage with Prince William. The Earl and Countess of Wessex also rode with them.
Prince Charles
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The Prince of Wales - Colonel of the Welsh Guards - rode on horseback, as did the Princess Royal and Duke of Kent.
Troops from the Household Division
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Footguards - mainly from the Household Division's Irish, Grenadier, Scots and Coldstream Guards - marched in the parade in their trademark bearskin hats and red tunics.
The Duchess of Cornwall
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The Duchess took a central role in the ceremony, alongside her stepson Prince William, who had earlier found out he had achieved a 2:1 in his geography degree.
The Queen
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The royal procession is accompanied by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of around 122 officers and troopers from the Life Guards, and Blues and Royals.
Queen inspects the troops
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The Queen is greeted by a royal salute before carrying out an inspection of the troops.
Prince Phillip and the Queen
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Her Majesty has taken the salute every year of her reign except 1955, when a national rail strike prevented the ceremony from taking place.
Soldiers in the Trooping the Colour
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The colour being paraded this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
Soldiers in Trooping the Colour
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The ceremony dates back to at least the early 18th century, when the colours of the battalion were carried (trooped) down the ranks so they could be seen by the soldiers.
The Royal Family on the balcony
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Crowds cheered and clapped as the Royal Family took their place on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch an RAF flypast, spearheaded by two Typhoon Eurofighters.



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