King Charles III has introduced a festive spectacle for his birthday subsequent 12 months.
The newly topped monarch, who assumed the British throne after Queen Elizabeth II died in September, will maintain the normal Trooping of the Color celebration in London on June 17, in keeping with an announcement shared with HuffPost on Thursday. The occasion will happen a mere six weeks after the king’s royal coronation on Could 6.
“The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years,” Buckingham Palace mentioned. “2023 will mark His Majesty King Charles III’s first Trooping of the Colour as Sovereign.”
Elizabeth traditionally scheduled the annual occasion in June regardless of being born in April, per Folks. The king will hold with this custom, which began in 1748 throughout the reign of King George II as a celebration of each him and Britain’s armed forces.
“Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians” will come collectively for “a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare,” the palace mentioned.
Some members of the royal household are set to take part on horseback, with others transported by carriage alongside a route stretching from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, a former jousting yard. To conclude, the Royal Air Drive will conduct a “fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony,” the assertion mentioned.
The Trooping of the Color was most in vogue throughout Elizabeth’s reign, which spanned 70 years — the second-longest of any monarch in British historical past — and noticed the occasion showcase the royal household extra prominently than ever earlier than.
The palace assertion additionally introduced that a number of royals had acquired new titles within the Foot Guards, regiments of the British military. Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, is now the honorary colonel of the Irish Guards. That designation beforehand belonged to her husband, Prince William, who’s now the colonel of the Welsh Guards. Camilla, the queen consort, has grow to be the colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
Prince Andrew, the earlier colonel of the Grenadier Guards, was stripped of the title earlier this 12 months amid allegations of sexual abuse. In a now-settled lawsuit, a lady accused Andrew of raping her when she was a youngster within the early 2000s, a interval by which the royal socialized with little one intercourse traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.