Trooping the Colour
Published: 07/06/2019Do not miss Trooping the Colour - Saturday 8th June 2019
THE HISTORY: The tradition dates all the way back to King George II, who in 1748 combined the annual summer military march with his birthday celebration—even though he was born in October. Ever since, the reigning monarch has had the option of having an official birthday in the summertime.
So what does "trooping the colour" mean, exactly?
Back in the 1700s, the various regiments would show off their flags, so all the troops would recognize their banners during battle. Hence, "trooping" the "colour."
During the parade, the Queen will inspect her troops. For years, she did this on horseback, but since 1987, she has attended in a carriage.
According to the Telegraph, the annual event features not only 1,500 officers and men, but also 244 horses.