Jun 152013
 

It was a glorious spring day for this year’s Trooping the Colour Ceremony, you can see the sun and clouds at Buckingham Palace this morning in a photo shared by royal photographer Mark Stewart on Twitter.

Royal Photographer Mark Stewart Twitter Feed

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

The Queen attended with the Duke of Kent, Prince Philip remains in the hospital where he is recovering from abdominal surgery. It is thought to be only the third time Prince Philip was not part of the event.

Paul Harrison/Sky News Twitter Feed

Paul Harrison/Sky News Twitter Feed

HM has participated every year of her with the exception of 1955, when there was a national railroad strike.  Just behind the Queen’s carriage you can see Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Prince William on horseback.

Grewal Gagan Twitter Feed(@RadioGagan)

Grewal Gagan Twitter Feed(@RadioGagan)

Kate, Prince Harry and Camilla shared a carriage this year.

James Whatling/Solash news

James Whatling/Splash news

The morning had a mix of clouds and sunshine as seen in this photo from a Metropolitan Police Helicopter.

MPS Helicopters Twitter

MPS Helicopters Twitter

The annual event is the official celebration of the Queen’s Birthday, a day for more than 1,000 soldiers and horses to shine, as noted by this tweet from the Grenadier Guards Band.

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Below we see last minute preps by the Blues & Royals Band, one of two mounted bands in the British Army.

Blues & Royals Band Twitter (@RHGDBand)

Blues & Royals Band Twitter Feed

Here we see the Blues and Royals ready to go.

Blues & Royals Band Twitter Feed

Blues & Royals Band Twitter Feed

Below, Her Majesty is resplendent in a blue Angela Kelly ensemble, the Duke of Kent accompanies her on the dais.  You can also see Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne in the photo from Paul Harrison of Sky News. Princess Anne is Colonel of the Blues and Royals, Prince Charles is Colonel of the Welsh Guards and Prince William is Colonel of the Irish Guards.

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

The pageantry is remarkable.

Paul Harrison/Sky News Twitter

Paul Harrison/Sky News Twitter

The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, for centuries this public celebration has been held in the summer when weather is much nicer. Below, the Band of the Scots Guards.

Band of the Scots Guards

Band of the Scots Guards

Another view of Kate and Camilla.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The event concludes with a flypast (fly by in the US) Buckingham Palace, a wide variety of military aircraft take part.  In this photo you see the famous RAF’s famous aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.

Siim Kohv Twitter Feed

Siim Kohv Twitter Feed

This photo from the Metropolitan Police offers a dramatic view, in the lower left portion of the photo you can see Buckingham Palace.

MPS Helicopters Twitter Feed

MPS Helicopters Twitter Feed

Kate was in a custom piece by Alexander McQueen.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

The coat looks to be a lightweight wool crepe. It features a wide collar, side darting, three-quarter sleeves and oversized pearl buttons.

Splash News

Splash News

A  better look at the domed buttons, you just about see their ornate filigree decor.

Splash News/PA Wire

Splash News/PA Wire

Many will recognize Kate’s hat, it is a piece by Jane Corbett, previously seen at one of the Queen’s Buckingham Palace Garden Parties in 2012.

Splash News/Jane Corbett/PA Wire

Splash News/Jane Corbett/PA Wire

The Duchess carried her gray McQueen clutch and wore Annoushka pearl earrings.

Here we see many of the royals gathered with her majesty, including (from left to right) the Princess Royal, HM, the Duke of York, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and the Duke of Kent.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Following today’s festivities the Queen was off to the hospital to pay a visit to Prince Philip.

Today’s appearance by the Duchess is being billed as her “last public appearance” until after the birth of her first child in July., although there are some reports she will take part in Monday’s Order of the Garter events.

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