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In pictures: Trooping the Colour

Spectators at Trooping the Colour

Thousands of spectators young and old turned out in the sunshine to watch this year's Trooping the Colour. It marks the Queen's official birthday - she actually turned 82 on 21 April.

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour was traditionally part of the military's preparations for battle, but in 1748 it was announced that it would also be held to mark the sovereign's birthday.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Trooping the Colour

The Duke of Edinburgh sat beside the Queen during the parade. She has attended Trooping the Colour every year throughout her reign, except in 1955 when it was cancelled due to a national rail strike.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William

The Duchess of Cornwall arrived by carriage alongside Prince William, who wore his Blues and Royals uniform.

Trooping the Colour

The Colour (or flag) paraded on Horse Guards this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

Queen inspecting Trooping the Colour

The Queen inspected the 1,100 troops, many in traditional bearskin hats and red tunics. Among them were members of the Welsh Guards, Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards and the Coldstream Guards.

The Queen returning to Buckingham Palace after the parade

When the Queen and the Duke left in their carriage they were applauded by the spectators and those lining the Mall as they made their way back to Buckingham Palace.

Royals watch the Trooping the Colour flypast

After the parade, royals gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast. It was one of the biggest in recent years, honouring 90 years of the RAF.

Flypast over central London for Trooping the Colour ceremony

The flypast involved 55 aircraft, including this Nimrod flanked by two Tornado F3 fighters. A 68-year-old Spitfire and the RAF's latest aircraft, the Typhoon, also featured.


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