Princess Eugenie waves to crowds from her carriage today at Trooping the Colour. The Queen appeared to borrow the closed coach she used for her wedding last year
Princess Eugenie joined sister Beatrice in a horse-drawn carriage at Trooping the Colour as the Queen appeared to borrow the closed coach she used for her wedding last year.
The Princess of York, 29, stunned the crowds at Horse Guards Parade in a patterned white and blue dress and neutral make up as she watched her father Prince Andrew take the salute for the first time.
Her black hat, from Emily London, topped with a white flower completed the look and complemented 30-year-old Beatrice’s similar headpiece and understated pink and black-laced frock.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, who got married in October, sat next to Beatrice and the Duke of Kent in their carriage.
Beatrice, Prince Andrew’s oldest daughter, was believed to have borrowed her auntie the Countess of Wessex’s dress that she wore in Ascot in 2018.
Military pomp and pageantry was on display to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday – and new mother the Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance since giving birth.
The Queen’s milestone was marked with the Trooping the Colour ceremony that saw some of Britain’s most prestigious regiments stage the centuries-old spectacle.
Princess Eugenie (right with sister Beatrice and husband Jack Brooksbank), 29, stunned the crowds at Horse Guards Parade in a patterned white and blue dress and neutral make up as she watched her father Prince Andrew take the salute for the first time
Her black hat, from Emily London, topped with a white flower completed the look and complemented 30-year-old Beatrice’s similar headpiece and understated pink and black-laced frock
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, who got married in October, sat next to Beatrice and the Duke of Kent in their carriage
Beatrice (left, today), Prince Andrew’s oldest daughter, was believed to have borrowed her auntie the Countess of Wessex’s dress that she wore in Ascot in 2018 (right)
The Queen arrived in a procession full of pomp and pageantry featuring a Sovereign’s Escort from the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.
She pulled up in the horse-drawn Scottish State Coach, which was last seen at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding, despite opting for an open-top carriage in recent years.
The typically dull British weather was believed to be the reason for this as rain was forecast.
Her Majesty was wearing an Angela Kelly outfit made up of a pastel tweed dress in shades of pale pink, mint yellow and gold and a matching hat.
She also adorned a badge of The Brigade Of Guards.The typically dull British weather was believed to be the reason for this as rain was forecast.
The Queen, who celebrated her 93rd birthday in April, arrives to watch the parade in one of her luxurious horse-drawn carriages. She will also inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins
What was the roofed carriage the Queen was seen riding in today?
The Scottish State Coach was an option for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last May, but it was the Queen who needed it today to keep the rain out.
It was built in 1830 and a new top was created in 1969 with large windows, and a partial glass roof, to allow spectators to see the passengers.
The coach features gold upholstery, and it is the only royal carriage to carry the Royal Arms of Scotland.
If it rained on the wedding day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor, then the wet weather option was to be the Scottish State Coach (pictured), built in 1830. The Queen used it today
The Scottish State Coach got a new top in 1969 with large windows, and a partial glass roof, to allow people to see inside
The Scottish State Coach, which was to be used in the case of wet weather, for the wedding of Harry and Meghan
Martin Oates, senior carriage restorer, polishes the Scottish State Coach, which is used in the case of wet weather
Six horses, Windsor Greys, were involved with Meghan and Harry’s carriage ride for their wedding. The Scottish State Coach is pictured
The carriage was redesigned in 1969 when a new roof was fitted as well as large glass windows put on the sides and two ones in the top.
Riding on horseback behind the Queen’s coach were the royal colonels: The Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards and Duke of York, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
Trooping the Colour is social as well as a ceremonial occasion and in the stands overlooking the parade ground were the wives, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.
Prince William and Prince Charles – both royal colonels of the Household Division – ride on horses to the parade in their full military uniforms
The event featured around 1,400 servicemen in total and hundreds of Guardsmen were lined up on the parade ground waiting to be inspected by the Queen.
The colour, or ceremonial regimental flag, being paraded this year was from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, a frontline infantry regiment of the British Army when not performing ceremonial duties.
Their lineage can be traced back to 1656 when the military unit was raised as the sovereign’s bodyguards by King Charles II while in exile in Bruges.
Members of the Welsh Guards, a regiment of Household Division, march to Horseguards parade with their rifles in hand
Harry, Meghan, Kate and the other royals – including the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children the Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor – watched events from Wellington’s office overlooking Horse Guards.
Among the guests was Theresa May who formally stepped down as Prime Minister on Friday, but will remain in office until an successor has been appointed.
Soon after the Queen arrived on the parade ground the national anthem was played and a horse could be seen running across the open space after apparently unseating its rider.
Despite the dreary weather, thousands of spectators have lined the streets to watch 1,400 troops, 400 musicians and 200 horses march in the parade
The Queen began the ceremony by inspecting the lines of guardsmen on the parade ground, casting a critical eye over the soldiers as she passed in her carriage followed by the royal colonels on horseback.
Colours, or flags, were carried, or ‘trooped’, down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.
In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to ‘troop the colours’, and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.
Wellwishers line the streets as ceremonial soldiers ride horses during the parade in central London
The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21 when she turned 93.
The massed bands of the Household Division and the Mounted Band of the Household Calvary provided the musical backing for the ceremony.
While also taking part was the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
The colour was first trooped through the ranks of soldiers before the guardsmen marched past the Queen, first in slow then in quick time.
Spectators were treated to the sight of precision marching with each Guardsman having trod more than 270 miles in rehearsals and taken more than half a million steps.