Troops wore their usual ceremonial uniforms, including a bear skin hat at a temperature of 27 degrees. The rehearsals stopped when two guards fainted during the famous “Trooping the Colors” ceremony.
The troops repeat to mark the Queen’s official birthday on June 8, and they were overseen by the Duke of York. This is the first time that Prince Andrew, having taken the role of Colonel Guards Grenadiers Guards from his father the Duke of Edinburgh in 2017, is overseeing the troops for the event to be held next week.
More than 1,400 officers and 200 horses and 400 musicians will participate in the “Troping the Coulours” exercise. The Queen’s birthday, a prestigious event, is celebrated every second Saturday even though she was born on April 21st.