According to an announcement made by Buckingham Palace on Monday, King Charles III will make history by becoming the first reigning British monarch in more than three decades to accept the salute from troops on horseback at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
The meticulously organized military parade that will take place on Saturday to celebrate the official birthday of the sovereign is part of a custom that dates back more than two centuries.
The last monarch to ride at the event was Queen Elizabeth II, who did it in 1986 when she was 60 years old. Charles’s mother is Elizabeth II.
After that, she made the decision to be driven around in a carriage rather than rely on Burmese, the horse she had been using for the previous 18 years before retiring him.
The parade will begin at Buckingham Palace in the center of London, go down The Mall, and end at Horse Guards Parade, where Prince Charles, who is 74 years old, will be honored with a royal salute.
After that, he will go back to the palace with other members of the royal family to watch a ceremonial fly-past of aircraft from the balcony of the palace. After that, he will examine the soldiers who are marching in the parade.
At the Trooping the Colour that took place the year before, Charles, his only sister Princess Anne, and his heir Prince William all rode horses.
It was one of the late queen’s final public appearances before she passed away in September at the age of 96, and it was a part of the celebrations for the late queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which lasted for four days and marked her 70th year on the throne.
Prince Charles’s younger son Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan are said to have attended the celebration but did not make a public appearance. Reportedly, they were not invited to attend this year’s ceremony.
After moving to the United States in 2020, the pair has been vocal in their criticism of the royal lifestyle ever since.
During yet another military ceremony on Saturday, William rode a horse through the field to see the troops. Several soldiers passed out due to the extreme heat, which reached temperatures of up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).
The exact date of Charles’ birthday is November 14th.
King George II of England, who was born in Germany, is credited with initiating the practice of celebrating two birthdays simultaneously in 1748. King George II desired to have a summer celebration despite the fact that his own birthday fell on October 30.