For the first time in his life, King Charles will celebrate two birthdays this year. The Trooping the Colour procession on June 17 is usually regarded as the current monarch’s public birthday, despite the fact that Charles was born on November 14.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the King will take the Salute as Colonel in Chief of the Household Division’s seven regiments at the Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade. For the first time in 30 years, Charles will reintroduce the reigning king riding on horseback.
However, Charles may face one significant risk. Because he has had back difficulties, paradoxically as a result of riding a horse, the public celebration may have a negative impact on his health.
For hundreds of years, Trooping the Colour has been a revered royal custom. According to the Royal Museums Greenwich, King George II established the custom in 1748.
Typically, members of the Royal Family travel in carriages drawn by horses or on horseback, though the monarch has historically travelled on horseback. Due to her advanced age, the late Queen Elizabeth rode in the parade for the final time in 1986. It’s not surprising, given that she was 60 years old at the time.
However, Buckingham Palace has stated that King Charles will revive the monarch riding on horseback this year. Buckingham Palace stated that the 74-year-old will mount his horse and ride with the troops and his family in the procession.
“His Majesty The King will take the Salute as Colonel in Chief of the seven regiments of the Household Division, at the Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade, on Saturday June 17, 2023,” the palace said in a statement.
“The King will join His Majesty’s Birthday Parade on horseback, marking the first time the reigning Monarch has ridden at Trooping the Colour since 1986, when Queen Elizabeth II last rode.”
Since he was a child, King Charles has attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony. On horseback, he first saw his grandfather, King George VI, and then his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The royals will be led from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade via the Mall. They will then return to the Palace and stroll out onto the balcony to see the Royal Air Force conclude the day with a colourful flypast. A 41-gun salute will also be fired in Green Park, a short distance distant.
It’s vital to remember that the Royal Family is comprised of more than just King/Queen, Prince/Princess, and Duke/Duchess titles. They, like their horses, have numerous honorary positions in the Armed Forces.
When his mother died, King Charles took command of the seven troops of the home division. Soon after, the King announced that Prince William had assumed command of the Welsh Guards.
In the meantime, Kate Middleton was appointed honorary colonel of the Irish Guards, and Queen Camilla was appointed colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Princess Anne is still the colonel of the Blues and Royals, while Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is the colonel of the Scots Guards.
Prince William was seen conducting the rehearsal for the huge Trooping the Colour march with The Welsh Guards on Saturday, eight days before the big celebration, to ensure they were ready for the historic day. Trooping the Colour is an honour bestowed upon the unit.
According to a military source, the Colonel’s inspection will determine whether or not the troops are prepared for the king.
Of course, it’s excellent that King Charles will be participating in the Trooping the Colour march. In actuality, though, riding a horse could be bad for his back. The King has had back issues for a long time, and multiple incidents while playing polo did little to help.
Many details of the royal family, particularly his father, were disclosed in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, which was published earlier this year. The Duke of Sussex asserted that after learning of Princess Diana’s passing, King Charles did not even give him a hug. Harry claimed that while he and his brother William were grieving, their father was generally absent.