The royal children were in high spirits today as they arrived in a carriage for their grandfather’s very first Birthday Parade. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis travelled to Horse Guards Parade with their mother the Princess of Wales and Queen Camilla for the Trooping the Colour 2023.
They waved enthusiastically at thousands of spectators who gathered outside Buckingham Palace and on The Mall, while the King and the Prince of Wales travelled on horseback.
Today was the first time a monarch had ridden on horseback at Trooping the Colour since Queen Elizabeth’s horse Burmese carried her during the 1986 ceremony.
The royal party travelled in the middle of a Sovereign’s Mounted Escort formed by troops from the Household Cavalry’s Life Guards and Blues and Royals.
George, Charlotte and Louis will later take to the Buckingham Palace balcony for a flypast – after one set for the King’s Coronation was scaled back in May.
Princess Charlotte, eight, wore a white dress with red detailing, while her hair was pulled back in intricate braids that came together in a low bun.
Her brothers George, nine, and Louis, five, wore matching navy suits, white shirts and red ties – with their hair combed neatly to the side.
Some 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force are poised to take part while members of The Firm watch on.
Prince Louis has been a hit at such events in the past, previously covering his ears and shouting in despair as the loud planes passed by.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today’s aircraft will take off from 15 locations up and down the UK before meeting in the south-east of England and flying over London.
The event will end in a show of red, white and blue from the pilots of the Red Arrows.