If you weren’t aware, the annual Trooping the Colour event is a parade in celebration of the Queen’s birthday. While yes, her actual day of birth is April 21, her “public” birthday is June 17 where she celebrates with a grand ceremony.
All followers of the royal family know the most exciting part about this event is when the family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to see the Royal Air Force fly past. Trooping the Colour is the only guaranteed annual appearance of the whole group — and it always proves to be a fun spectacle.
Last year, Princess Charlotte dazzled the crowd with a rare public appearance at her very first Trooping. You may recall the hilarious (yet wildly embarrassing) viral moment where the Queen told Prince William to stand up after he spent more time bent down talking to Prince George than she would have liked.
The year before that it was Prince George who stole the show by playfully sticking his tongue out at the crowd — to the crowd’s delight, if not perhaps the Queen’s.
Lucky for us, this year was no different. The world looked on as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry, and the rest of the British royal family gathered and waved to the crowds below.
While this is a joyous occasion for Londoners, the Queen’s annual birthday message to her people reminded them, and the rest of the world, that the hardships her country has faced have not been forgotten.
“This year however it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood …,” she wrote. “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.”
Before the Trooping ceremony, the Queen led a minute of silence for the lives lost at Grenfell Tower.
Despite the tumultuous time it has been for Londoners as of late, it’s truly heartwarming to see people come out to support the Queen and their country.
Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth II!