The Duke of Cambridge has led a gown rehearsal in London immediately for the Trooping the Color parade forward of subsequent week’s celebrations.
The color of the Irish Guards will likely be trooped at this yr’s occasion and Prince William, as Colonel of the Regiment, led the total gown rehearsal at Horse Guards Parade on Saturday.
William, on horseback, oversaw the 90-minute rehearsal for the annual army spectacle which can this yr kick off the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in the course of the lengthy financial institution vacation weekend.
The financial institution vacation weekend will run from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June and can see 4 days of occasions, together with Trooping the Color, a celebration on the Palace, and a platinum jubilee pageant.
The Queen, 96, has been going through mobility points since she was hospitalised in a single day in October final yr. Earlier this month Buckingham Palace stated that Her Majesty’s attendance on the occasions wouldn’t be confirmed till the day-of.
It’s believed the Queen might view the ceremony from a raised platform however Buckingham Palace has stated her presence on the Jubilee occasions will not be confirmed till the day.
If the Queen does delegate her salute duties at Trooping the Color, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for greater than 260 years, then her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, might take her place.
On Saturday, William watched as greater than 1,500 troopers and 350 horses carried out complicated battlefield drill manoeuvres.
They included Devon-based trooper Samuel Wallace, 24, who’s the primary practising Rastafarian within the Family Guards.
The Military views him as one in every of its most spectacular junior troopers and he has been made a part of the royal escort workforce for the ceremony.
Greater than 7,000 friends watched because the troopers and army horses carried out among the most difficult drills to a programme of music.
Further reporting by PA