On Saturday June 10th HRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge took the salute at the Colonel’s Review in-order-to judge the readiness of his Regiment, the Irish Guards, to Troop their Colour in front of his grandmother HM The Queen on Her official birthday on June 17th.
This is the first time he has had this duty since becoming Royal Colonel Irish Guards just before he got married in 2011.
1400 officers and soldiers took part in the activities on Saturday that saw The Mall in central London taken over by pomp and circumstance.
Temperatures on Saturday were unpleasantly high and conditions were uncomfortable for the infantry battalion who wear thick wool uniforms and bearskin hats. One rifleman feinted due to the heat but was recovered by stretcher bearers and did not have any long lasting injuries.
All attention will now turn to Trooping the Colour which is on Saturday 17th June as the Colonel’s Review is in essence a final dress rehearsal.
As well as the soldiers, the colourful display features some 200 horses and 400 musicians.
Security will also be increased this year in light of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.
Security Commander, Simon Bray of London Metropolitan Police said: “There’ll be more then 1,500 officers and staff from across the Met involved on the day. This includes all sorts of roles; officers lining the route, help from the Dog Support Unit, catering services, the resources hubs, people running the special operations room (SOR) and support from cadets and volunteers.”
“We’re very much there to keep the army, the public, the Royal Family and other VIPs safe…”
Trooping the Colour has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century. On battlefields, a regiment’s colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the soldiers’ ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments’ colours.
However since the mid 18th Century it has also marked the official birthday of The Monarch.
Little has changed in the proceedings that look almost identical throughout history.