Buckingham Palace recently made some important announcements. They have both revealed the date of Trooping the Colour 2023 as well as Princess Kate’s special new role.
It has been revealed that the Princess of Wales is now Colonel of the Irish Guards, a role that was previously held by her husband Prince William. This news came together with the reveal of the date for Trooping the Colour 2023, with King Charles’ birthday parade being set for June 17th.
Buckingham Palace also confirmed that three members of the royal family have been appointed Colonels within the Foot Guards, such as Queen Consort Camilla being named Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
That role was previously held by the Duke of York but has been vacant since he was stripped of his royal titles in January of this year.
Another role change is the Colonel of the Welsh Guards title being passed from King Charles to Prince William. Both of them will be riding on horseback during the display next June, while the other members of the royal family, including Camilla and Kate, will watch the procession from carriages and the Buckingham Palace balcony.
There have been no other changes in the existing Colonelcies of the other regiments within the Household Division, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Princess Royal is still Colonel of the Blue and Royals, while the Duke of Kent is Colonel of the Scots Guards.
Next year’s Trooping the Colour will take place six weeks after King Charles III’s coronation, which will be on Saturday, May 6th.
The traditional birthday parade has been the big event which celebrates the monarch’s official birthday for 260 years, with next year’s event featuring 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians taking part in the display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare.
The parade starts from Buckingham Palace, then down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, and closes with a Royal Air Force fly-past.