How a throwback of the Queen at her first Trooping the Colour offers a poignant reminder of her impressive legacy

Her Majesty then and now.
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Ahead of the royal Trooping the Colour tonight, the Palace has shared a poignant throwback of Her Majesty The Queen, all the way back from the monarch’s debut at the annual event.

On the official royal family Instagram, a black-and-white photo of The Queen sitting horseback while donning military gear was shared to commemorate the important upcoming festivities.

“On 5 June 1952, The Queen rides down the Mall on the way to her first Trooping the Colour as Sovereign,” the accompanying caption read.

The Queen’s first ever Trooping The Colour.

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“70 years on, Her Majesty’s #PlatinumJubilee celebration weekend will get underway with this spectacular military ceremony.”

Trooping The Colour is also known as The Queen’s birthday parade, and it has marked the Sovereign’s special day for over 260 years.

“Today more than 1,400 soldiers will put on a display of military pageantry, with hundreds of Army musicians and around 350 horses,” the post continued.

“As Sovereign, The Queen is Head of the Armed Forces. As Princess Elizabeth, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945, becoming the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member.”

Trooping The Colour is also known as The Queen’s birthday parade.

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The historical throwback was quick to garner plenty of love from royal observers.

“Magnificent and elegant all at once ❤️,” one user commented.

Prince William will do her majesty and the royal family proud during this very special trooping of the colour for the platinum jubilee,” another added.

The last time Queen Elizabeth held a Trooping The Colour ceremony at Windsor Castle, it was a low-key “mini” event as a result of the restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Trooping the Colour features much fanfare.

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Tonight’s event, however, will feature much more fanfare as a display of military precision, horsemanship, and finally, the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony will set the streets of London alight.

While our living rooms won’t compare to the energy over in London, we can still catch Trooping the Colour on Seven and Seven HD tonight from 8:30 to 11:50 pm.

This story was originally featured on our sister site, New Idea.

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