Royal fans hope to catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan today

The honeymoon’s over! It’s back to business for Harry and Meghan as they join William and Kate for Trooping The Colour ceremony to celebrate The Queen’s official 92nd birthday

  • The Queen will mark her official birthday with the Trooping the Colour at Whitehall’s Horse Guards Parade
  • Royal fans will be eager to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who married exactly three weeks ago today
  • Her Majesty, who recently had an eye operation to remove a cataract, will watch from a dais in Horse Guards
  • And later she will join members of monarchy on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch the RAF flypast

Fresh from their rumoured mini-honeymoon spent in Co. Mayo, Ireland, newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan arrived at Buckingham Palace today for their first formal engagement since their showstopping wedding in May.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay tribute to the Queen at the spectacular Trooping The Colour ceremony, in celebration of Her Majesty’s official 92nd birthday, for a traditional summer spectacle watched by thousands.

Harry and Meghan are expected to ride in a carriage to the event, staged on Whitehall’s Horse Guards Parade, and later join members of the monarchy on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch the RAF flypast and acknowledge the crowds.

Fresh from their showstopping wedding three weeks ago, Meghan and Prince Harry will today pay tribute to the Queen at the spectacular Trooping The Colour ceremony today

Royal fans will be eager to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have just returned from their honeymoon – joining other members of the royal family at the traditional summer spectacle

Her Majesty takes her place in the Royal carriage in celebration of her offical 92nd birthday today. Royal watchers will be glad of her appearance, following her minor surgery to successfully remove a cataract 

The loved up pair have not been seen publicly since the wedding, and were rumoured to be enjoying a romantic stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada. According to reports, they finished off their break with a short stay in Ireland, before returning to London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom together this morning. Prince William stepped out in full military ceremonial regalia alongside Kate who wowed in a sophisticated teal dress

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall take their place in the Queen’s carriage procession, which celebrate’s Her Majesty’s official 92nd birthday

The Queen, who recently had a successful eye operation to remove a cataract, will watch the Trooping ceremony from a dais in Horse Guards and later inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins.

The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry. The colour being paraded this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, who celebrates his 97th birthday on Sunday, has retired from official public duties and is not expected to attend.

The royal colonels, all on horseback, will accompany the Queen: 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.

Riding in the ceremony for the first time will be the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry. The colour being paraded this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

The procession will be accompanied by a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets

As with previous years, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to take part in the Queen’s carriage procession

As with previous years, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to take part in the Queen’s carriage procession. 

The procession will be accompanied by a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.

The massed bands of the Household Division will provide musical backing during the day and also taking part is the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

Members of the queen’s personal troops, the Household Division march past the Guards Division War Memorial

Even animals seem immune to the charms of Meghan and Harry, as one young fox cub rushes to secure prime roadside territory to watch the procession 

The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry. The colour being paraded this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards 

Security officers perform final safety checks along the parade today, ahead of the annual event that will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry

The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry. Royal watchers are flocking en mass to Whitehall parade, where the RAF will perform a ceremonial flypast 

Officers march along the parade in unison as they prepare for today’s celebrations, which will commemorate the Queen’s 92nd birthday

After the ceremony the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast.

Among the 23 aircraft taking part are modern jets and historic aircraft, while the Red Arrows will be the finale.

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle. Colours, or flags, were carried, or ‘trooped’, down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

Officers on horseback are all smiles as they make their way along the parade ahead of today’s celebratory occasion 

One VERY enthusiastic Royal fan shows off his patriotic Union Flag suit, hat and accessories 

Royal fans, who have just started to gather along the parade, will be eager to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have just returned from their honeymoon – joining other members of the royal family at the traditional summer spectacle

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.

The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21 when she turned 92. 

In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) performed a 21 gun salute to celebrate Queen’s Elizabeth II’s Birthday holiday weekend at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Riding in the ceremony for the first time will be the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (middle)

In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) performed a 21 gun salute to celebrate Queen’s Elizabeth II’s Birthday holiday weekend at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australian Defence Force troops march together for the 21 gun salute to mark the Queen’s birthday weekend

Drum Major’s 27th and final Trooping the Colour to mark the end of his glittering 40-year career in the army

For Drum Major Steve Staite, who has taken part in Trooping the Colour at least 26 times – 17 as drum major, something the Army claim is a world record – this year’s Queen’s birthday parade carries extra significance

A drum major is poised to parade in his final Trooping the Colour on a day which will also mark the end of his four-decade career in the British Army.

The centuries-old military spectacle of might, splendour and precision marching will take place on Horse Guards Parade this Saturday to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

It is an important day in the armed forces’ calendar and for the monarchy, where the families and friends of those on parade proudly watch the ceremony.

For Drum Major Steve Staite, who has taken part in Trooping the Colour at least 26 times – 17 as drum major, something the Army claim is a world record – this year’s Queen’s birthday parade carries extra significance.

‘I am very excited to be doing my final Queen’s birthday parade, it is a culmination of my career over the four decades,’ he said.

‘And what better day to go out on than the Queen’s birthday?’

The 55-year-old who is originally from Preston, Lancashire, joined the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at the age of 16 on June 19 1979 and was appointed drum major to the Queen in 1995.

‘We are personal drummers to her majesty, we get a royal warrant signed to that effect, and it is the greatest honour in the world, you can’t beat it,’ he told the Press Association.

As one of five drum majors wearing the elaborate gold-thread state clothing, during Trooping the Colour he marches one of the divisions up to Horse Guards to get them on to parade.

The drum major is poised to parade in his final Trooping the Colour on a day which will also mark the end of his four-decade career in the British Army (pictured outside the Officers Mess in Munster, 1986)

Drum Major Staite also leads one of the massed bands during the parade in slow and quick time – something the father-of-two agreed very few people get to do.

‘A lot of people tell you it is great to march behind a band, but you can’t beat marching in front of it,’ he said.

During his career Drum Major Staite said he has visited 40 of the 50 states in America, and has worked in Kenya, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.

It was during a posting to West Berlin on his first deployment that he also patrolled the Berlin Wall and guarded Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, when he was held at Spandau prison.

Quizzed on what that experience was like, Drum Major Staite who plans on retiring to Middlesbrough with his wife Fee, said: ‘You just sat in a sanger at Spandau prison.

‘You weren’t really allowed to look into the yard, it was just a normal prison with one person in it. But driving around the Berlin wall in those days was something very, very different.’

Posted to Household Division headquarters in 2000, he was involved in the funeral of the Queen Mother and Lady Margaret Thatcher, the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games and the royal weddings of Prince Charles and Prince William.

June 9 will mark 38 years 355 days in uniform for Drum Major Staite, who described his impending last Trooping the Colour as a ‘very special moment’.

He has also chosen the march the Grenadier Guards will step on to Horse Guards to, which is Wadi Al Batin – a battle honour from the 1991 Gulf War – in which he fought.

‘Marching on to parade with the band playing Wadi al Batin for me, which is the march I chose, that will be quite emotional,’ he added.

Once the parade is finished Drum Major Staite said his state clothing will have to be handed back, something he said he will probably do ‘with a tear in my eye’. 

Turban-wearing Coldstream Guards soldier will make history at Trooping the Colour as the first soldier to parade in Sikh headdress 

A Coldstream Guards soldier who will wear a turban as he parades during Trooping the Colour has said he hopes it is looked upon as a ‘new change in history’.

More than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday as the nation honours the monarch.

For Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall the event is not only his first Trooping the Colour, but also marks the first time a member of the Coldstream Guards has taken part wearing a turban.

The 22-year-old from Leicester told the said: ‘I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history.

‘I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the Army.’

A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the turban he will be wearing during Trooping the Colour will be black, featuring the ceremonial cap star to match the bearskin hats.

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Gdsm Lall who joined the British Army in January 2016, was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK as a baby, said he is feeling ‘quite excited’ ahead of the event.

‘I’m quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well,’ he said.

‘It is a good feeling… there’s going to be a lot of eyes and I am going to have an influence on other people.’

Charanpreet Singh Lall said he hopes it is looked upon as a ‘new change in history’

This year the Sovereign’s official birthday will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle.

Colours, or flags, were carried, or ‘trooped’, down the ranks so 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 the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.

This year the ceremony, which is staged every June in London’s historic Horse Guards Parade, will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped.

He revealed his mother, father and sister, who are ‘really, really proud’ of him, will be coming to watch him take part

More than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday

With weeks of rigorous training under his belt, on the day he and many other soldiers will wear immaculate uniforms and march with precision up the Mall and onto parade.

Gdsm Lall added: ‘For myself, being the first turban-wearing sikh to troop the colour and to be part of the escort it is a really high honour for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well.’

He revealed his family including his mother, father and sister, who are ‘really, really proud’ of him, will be coming to watch him take part.

‘My mum was crying on the day I passed out so I wonder what is going to happen to her when she sees me in this,’ Gdsm Lall added. 

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