This week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending the Queen’s traditional birthday parade along with their children, and it seems that the trio-Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will have some bigger roles at Trooping the Colour 2022.
The three Cambridge children reportedly will be ticking off a big milestone this year-making their debut in the carriages by riding with their mom Kate. All three, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Louis, three, have been part of Trooping the Colour in the past, but never in this way.
In previous celebrations, the royal children appeared alongside their parents on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony where they would wave to the crown and watch the spectacular RAF flypast. But it seems that the young royals are finally old enough to have a bigger role in the parade, which is always quite the event, filled with all kinds of ceremonies and traditions.
Usually, Kate is joined by the Duchess of Cornwall in the carriage, while Prince William rides on horseback. On Saturday, the Duke of Cambridge was the one who oversaw the final preparations for Trooping the Colour, leading the full dress rehearsal at Horse Guards Parade. William, who has the rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards regiment, was seen riding on horseback during the 90-minute rehearsal.
According to multiple reports, at Trooping the Colour 2022 we will see another first, as the Queen is expected to take the salute from the balcony of Buckingham Palace rather than ride in a carriage during the procession as she has done in the past. The 96-year-old monarch, who is a talented equestrian, would take part in the military event on horseback in her younger years.
So far the understanding is that for Thursday’s event the Household Division will march to the front of the palace where the Queen, who now uses a walking stick, will appear on the balcony to take the salute, with the reasoning being to avoid her having to make the journey to Horse Guards Parade by carriage, or sitting on a dais for a lengthy period of time.
This year’s Trooping the Colour is a special one as it celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and will signal the start of the official Jubilee celebrations this bank holiday, which will also include a service of thanksgiving, a concert at Buckingham Palace, and a big Jubilee lunch and pageant.