Seeing as Trooping the Colour is held to mark the Queen’s official birthday, we don’t necessarily expect her to be paying tribute to someone else on the big day. But this weekend, Her Majesty made a subtle nod to her granddaughter and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank, as the royal family attended this year’s event.
The annual ceremony is a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday, marked by a military parade followed by RAF flyover in London.
All of the usual protocol was followed, from the precision to the display to the family gathering on the Buckingham Palace balcony, but one significant thing you may have missed on the day was the Queen’s tribute to Eugenie, which she made through her choice of transport.
As always, the Queen rode to Trooping the Colour on her own, but this year, she chose to travel in the same carriage that Eugenie and Jack used for their wedding procession around Windsor. The decision is thought to be a touching nod to the newlyweds, who were finally able to attend the parade together after tying the knot last year – the strict rules of the high profile royal ceremony has meant that non-royals are only permitted to attend once they have married into the family.
This year’s event was special for a number of reasons; not only was it Jack’s first time appearing with the royal family on the famous balcony, but it also marked little Prince Louis‘ debut at the occasion.
The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprised fans as he appeared on the balcony beside his parents and the rest of the family. And that wasn’t all – the Duchess of Sussex, who is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her first child with husband Prince Harry, Archie Harrison, also made an unexpected appearance at the event.
We hope the newest member of the family might follow in Louis’ footsteps and make an appearance of his own next year!