Saturday, June 11, 2011, marked the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 85th birthday (which actually falls in April).  A military ceremony, full of military precision, known as Trooping the Color took place in London, with members of the Royal Family in attendance.  The color that was paraded was the flag of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.  The ceremony of Trooping the Color, originating in the 18th century, sprang from preparations during which the flags or ‘colors’ were carried down the ranks for recognition in battle.  The Queen traveled to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, in an open carriage, accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in a uniform of the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.  This year’s Trooping the Color was special as it was the first time, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended as a member of the royal family.  Wearing a black hat and ivory colored suit, Catherine rode with the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York and Prince Harry, in his Blues and Royals uniform, in an open carriage.  It also marked the first time the Duchess of Cambridge appeared at the balcony of Buckingham Palace since her wedding day.  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge appeared at the Trooping wearing the same striking scarlet uniform of the Irish Guards which he wore at his wedding.  Donning the famed black bearskin hat, William rode a gray charger named Wellesley.

Here are some links to Videos of the special event:

Duke of Cambridge in Trooping the Colour Ceremony (Daily Telegraph Video):

William, Catherine, Star at Queen’s Birthday Bash (CBS Video):



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