The greeting for Trooping the Colour: the happiness of Elizabeth II, the spontaneity of Prince Louis and those who are and those who are not

Max Yurva

It is customary for the Trooping the Colour, the military parade with which Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is officially celebrated, the British Royal Family to go out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet and admire from there how the Royal Air Force performs an air show that crown by painting the colors of the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom, in the London sky.

Members of the British Royal House at Trooping the Color 2022 for the JubileeMembers of the British Royal House at Trooping the Color 2022 for the Jubilee

This used to be the case until the pandemic changed the Trooping the Color celebration. Brought back to the way it used to be with the impressive parade at London’s Horse Guards Parade, Trooping the Color was moved from the second Saturday in June to Thursday 2nd June 2022 to coincide with the main events of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

There were two appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The first starred Queen Elizabeth and her cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has returned to acting as a companion just as she did when Trooping the Color was held at Windsor Castle in 2021, shortly after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. They both stayed for 10 minutes watching the parade until they went back inside Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth smiling at Trooping the Color 2022 for the Platinum JubileeQueen Elizabeth smiling at Trooping the Color 2022 for the Platinum Jubilee

Half an hour later, just before 2:00 p.m., the doors opened again, and this time it was for all the members of the British Royal House to come out. Previously, the active royals and those who are not, that is, those who do not represent the Queen, appeared. However, Elizabeth II decided that this time only the royals who work in the service of the Crown would come out to greet. In passing, the presence was avoided, not of the Sussexes, but of the awkward Duke of York.

Queen Elizabeth walked out onto the balcony followed by Prince Charles, Camilla Parker, Prince William and Kate Middleton and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Also out to greet Prince Edward and Sophie of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise and James Mountbatten-Windsor, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, as well as the Queen’s cousins ​​who serve the Crown, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Prince George and Prince Louis making faces with Prince William and Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Color 2022Prince George and Prince Louis making faces with Prince William and Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Color 2022

The Queen was all smiles and joy. She was excited and it showed, not only for celebrating her fourth Jubilee, the Platinum Jubilee, the first to be celebrated in the history of the United Kingdom, but for having been able to be present, something that cannot always be guaranteed due to her financial problems. mobility.

Some inside and others outside

The Monarch was very attentive to the sky, like everyone else, with the RAF not only painting the Union Jack, but also a 7 and a 0 in reference to the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II. She was also very aware of her great-grandson, Prince Louis, who was particularly upset. He applauded, covered his ears and opened his mouth and without a doubt he was the great protagonist because of his gestures with the permission of his great-grandmother.

Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at Trooping the Color 2022 for the Platinum JubileeQueen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at Trooping the Color 2022 for the Platinum Jubilee

Meanwhile, members of the British Royal Family who did not have the right to go out on the balcony remained inside, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were seen from the windows. To see them fully, you had to wait the next day at the Thanksgiving Service in St Paul, an act to which Prince Andrew was invited, but who is lost having tested positive for coronavirus. Quite an annoyance for him, but without a doubt a relief for other members of the Royal Family who want nothing to happen to him and that he recovers as soon as possible, but they also do not want to see him in public events.

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