Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee kicks off with Trooping the Colour, the ‘second birthday’ parade
The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II arrives. The start of the celebrations will take place this Thursday with the Trooping the Colour. It is a military parade that celebrates the Queen’s birthday.
On this occasion it has come forward to coincide with the Jubilee celebrations. It’s a long-awaited date and it’s going to be on the grounds opposite Buckingham.
The parade, which starts the jubilee, is celebrated since the eighteenth century to commemorate the birthday of the monarch. Although, in this case, 70 years will be celebrated on the throne. The Queen’s birthday was last April 21.
During the Trooping the Colour, the royal family will observe it from the balcony of the palace. More than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part in the parade.
The parade is so named because the name Colour is the one that received the military flags in the seventeenth century, according to the BBC. The colors of the flags were those that differentiated the regimes to which it belonged.
Since 260 years ago, with King George II, the kings adopted the custom of moving the celebrations of their birthday on dates where there is a greater probability of having a good climate. Queen Elizabeth II has had such a parade since she took the throne in 1952.
The Queen has only not had a Trooping the Colour for her birthday in 1955, when there was a national strike. The parade will begin at the palace and head towards Horse Guard’s Parade.
Once the parade passes, the royal family will greet from the balcony with some absences such as that of Prince Andrew or the Dukes of Sussex.