Sky News’ Paul Harrison reported this morning that Her Majesty The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Kent in her carriage to Trooping the Colour this year.
The Queen is normally accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh to her birthday ceremony on Horse Guards Parade, but due to the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent illness and current admission to hospital, he isn’t attending this year’s parade.
The Duke of Kent, who is Colonel of the Scots Guards, would normally ride on parade and be seated on his horse next to The Queen for the ceremony by the other Royal Colonels, but because of a recent stroke he suffered, he has been placed in the Carriage alongside Her Majesty this year.
On Saturday, the Royal Family will attend Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Colour, which is the annual yearly celebration of the Sovereign’s birthday. Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne will be the Royals riding on parade this year as Colonels Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Blues and Royals respectively.
The Queen hasn’t missed a parade during her reign. However one was cancelled in 1955 due to strike action.
The Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards and was due to attend and chair the Senior Colonels conference today at Buckingham Palace along with the other Royal Colonels as previously mentioned.
The parade begins tomorrow at around 11 o’clock.