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King Charles appears emotional during Trooping the Colour as thousands cheer Royal Family

The King appeared moved to tears at points during Trooping the Colour on an emotional day which saw the Royal Family come together after a difficult few months.

Charles III rode to the Sovereign’s Birthday Parade by carriage with Queen Camilla at his side. Their Majesties then watched the ceremony from a dais at Horse Guards Parade.

King Charles and Queen Camilla on their way to Trooping the Colour (BBC still/ fair use)

King Charles, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, appeared emotional at points during the parade which saw the Irish Guards troop their colour.

The Princess of Wales, Colonel of the Irish Guards, watched from a balcony overlooking the parade ground in her first public appearance since announcing she was being treated for cancer.

King Charles stood in pouring rain to salute the troops who had paid tribute on his official birthday (BBC still/ fair use)

On his return to Buckingham Palace, His Majesty again took to a dais where he stood and saluted troops as they passed by on their way back to barracks. The King, 75, stood in heavy rain for some time to acknowledge every soldier who had taken part.

The skies cleared ahead of the traditional balcony appearance which saw King Charles and Queen Camilla lead the Royal Family out to acknowledge the crowds ahead of a spectacular RAF fly past.

The King appeared overcome as tens of thousands sang the national anthem on the Mall (BBC still/ fair use)

It was during the balcony appearance that The King seemed most emotional. As the crowds began to sing the national anthem, Charles III had tears in his eyes and seemed almost overcome.

King Charles and Queen Camilla were joined on the balcony by the Prince and Princess of Wales as well as Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 9 and six year old Prince Louis.

The pageantry of Trooping the Colour (BBC still/ fair use)

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and their daughter, Lady Louise, also joined them as did the Princess Royal and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent also took part in the balcony appearance.

Trooping the Colour marks The King’s official birthday.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.