Trooping the Colour: 19 Vintage Photos of the Queen’s Annual Parade
Since the 18th century, Trooping the Colour has been the birthday celebration of the British monarch, but it’s also a military exercise—and it brings the royals together in all their spring finery.
Princess Diana and Prince William
Pictured here at the 1984 Trooping the Colour, is Princess Diana with Prince William. Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry at the time.
A couple of galpals
Looking up at the air show at the 1991 Trooping the Colour ceremony, Diana stands with her sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson, the then-wife of Prince Andrew. Here are 18 things you probably don’t know about Sarah, Duchess of York.
Extended Royal Family
At the 1993 Trooping of Colour, the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with their niece-in-law, Serena, then-Viscountess Linley and the Duchess of Kent.
Lovely in lavender
Her Majesty looks lovely in a lavender suit and matching hat at the 1996 Trooping of Colour, her 70th. Here’s why Queen Elizabeth almost always wears bright colors.
In a glorious green suit with matching hat, Her Majesty arrives at Buckingham Palance for her 76th Trooping the Colour in 2002.
The Royal Heart-throbs
At the 2003 Trooping of Colour, Princes William and Harry, both still single and in their early 20s, look dashing as they ride in their carriage to Buckingham Palace.
Five of the first six in line for the throne
The 2018 Trooping the Colour was Meghan Markle’s first as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. Her wedding to Prince Harry was less than one month earlier. Standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the newlyweds are Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and Savanna Phillips (the young girl in pink), granddaughter of Princess Anne.
What everyone’s looking up at
You know how everyone’s staring up at the sky as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour celebrations? Here’s a quick flash of the airshow they’re watching. Find out about more royal ceremonies you never knew existed.