Trooping the Color, an opulent military parade involving more than 1,000 troops and hundreds of horses, has kicked off the week’s jubilee celebrations at Horse Guards Parade in London.
Prince William and Prince Charles ride horseback during the Trooping the Color parade. Chris J Ratcliffe
But for the first time this year the queen will not be inspecting the troops and receiving the “royal salute” on the ground herself. Now 96, the monarch has suffered with ill health include what the palace calls “episodic mobility problems” in recent months, cancelling a slew of events at short notice.
In her stead, Prince Charles will receive the salute and inspect troops of the Household Division. He is joined by Prince William and Princess Anne. When the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Guards return to Buckingham Palace just up the street, the queen will receive another salute from the balcony, according to a statement from the palace.