The Queen's Birthday Parade 2022: Highlights, Flypast, and Balcony Appearance of The Royal Family

The public celebration of Her Majesty's official birthday on June 2, 2022, was highlighted by the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, also known as the Queen's birthday parade. The parade was participated by 1,200 military personnel, 240 horses, and 400 musicians.

Troops parade, passing along The Mall to Buckingham Palace

The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, however, the traditional official birthday celebration of the British monarch is held every second Saturday of June. This year, however, the palace decided to schedule it on weekdays (June 2) to begin the Platinum Jubilee week.

The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. June 2, 1953

June 2, 2022, also coincided with Her Majesty's 69 anniversary of her Coronation Day. The Queen ascended the British throne in February 1952, following the death of her father King George VI, but she was officially crowned on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey.

Prince William led his regiment, The Irish Guards. Photo: The Royal Family

Here are some of the highlights during the glittery ceremony which started the Queen's Platinum Jubilee week:

1. The Prince of Wales, on behalf of his mother, took the salute and inspected the Troops of the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade.

The Prince of Wales and The QueenDANIEL LEALGETTY IMAGES

2. The Irish Guards, one of the five regiments, trooped their flag during the parade. The trooping regiment was led by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, in his capacity as its Colonel-in-Chief.

Prince William and Princess Anne

3. The Duke of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal mounted their horses and led the military regiments during the parade from the Horse Guards to Buckingham Palace. While members of the royal family rode in the horse-drawn carriages provided by the Royal Mew. 

The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal. Jonathan Brady/Getty Images

4. The spectacular flypast presentation of the Royal Air Force. Each year, following the Horse Guards Parade, the royal family members will gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force perform an air acrobat routine with their aircraft.

The breathtaking view of the flypast presentation of the Royal Air Force


5. The Cambridge children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, made their Trooping the Colour carriage debut. 

And of course, royal fans were thrilled watching the little royals in the horse-drawn carriage, waving their hands, and doing all the children's stuff, like pulling faces. Princess Charlotte was caught telling her younger brother, Prince Louis, to put down his arm.

The three children rode in the carriage with their mom, the Duchess of Cambridge, and step-grandmother, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge

The Earl and Countess of Wessex rode in the next carriage with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Lady Louise and her brother, Viscount Severn

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Wessexes

Followed by the carriage that carried the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester, and Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne.

The Duke and duchess of gloucester.

6. The Queen stepped out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace escorted by her cousin, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent. They made a brief salute as the regiments approached the palace's gate.

The Queen and The Duke of Kent. CHRIS JACKSONGETTY IMAGES

7. All members of the British royal family - except Prince Andrew - were in attendance during the Trooping of Colour. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who arrived last night, joined the celebration but did not appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Sussex with Princess Anne's grandchildren

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Duke of Kent

They were seen talking to the Duke of Kent behind the palace's balcony. Meghan was also seen talking to the children of Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

Left: Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike Tindall. Right: Meghan greeting Savannah Phillips

8. Unlike in the previous years, this year, however, only the working royals (and the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex) appeared with The Queen on the BP balcony. But the non-working royals were seen behind the balcony, watching the parade.

Princess Beatrice with the Cambridge children and Savannah Phillips

9. The Queen was all smiles and looked delighted as she watched the fly-past presentation of the Royal Air Force. She was also seen talking to her great-grandson, Prince Louis of Cambridge, who seemed so annoyed with all the noises around him.


10. Prince Louis of Cambridge stole the show! The four-year-old youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was visibly agitated during the fly-past presentation and was covering his ears as the RAF showed stunning moves up in the air.



Prince Louis: Can't bear this

The noises seemed too much for the little prince. And he was seen pulling faces while standing on the balcony with his family. 

The Queen was shown talking to her great grandson, perhaps, trying to explain what's going on with all the noises. 😄 Still, Prince Louis looked confused as he was trying to make sense of his environment. 


Royal kids can really be cute during public appearances, and Prince Louis did not disappoint! His epic reaction has royal fans in stitches as he pulled faces while covering his ears. 

11. Working members of the royal family. Who appeared with the Queen on the palace's balcony for this year's Trooping the Colour? Here they are: 

Photo: Daniel Leal/Getty Images

From left: Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester (first cousin of the Queen), The Duchess of Gloucester (wife of Prince Richard), Princess Alexandra (first cousin of the Queen), Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent (first cousin of the Queen), Sir Timothy Laurence (husband of Princess Anne), Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, the Queen, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.

12. The hand-me-down apparels and accessories: Prince Louis wore the same sailor suit his father, Prince William, donned during the Trooping the Colour in 1985 when he was three years old. 

Left: Prince William in 1985 Trooping the Colour. Right: Prince Louis this year

Kate honored the late Princess of Wales by wearing one of Diana's favorite jewelry pieces, the double dropped sapphire earrings. 


Another royal family member who wore a hand-me-down outfit during the event was Lady Louise Windsor. She re-wore her mother's jacket and hat that the Countess of Wessex wore during the Trooping the Colour in 2009. 

13. The significance of The Queen's outfit for the day. She wore a powder blue periwinkle skirt suit with a white pearl and diamante trim with a matching hat and white gloves. The same outfit she wore on her official Platinum Jubilee Portrait.


Her style was designed by Angela Kelly, her longtime hairdresser and wardrobe adviser. She wore the same suit for her official platinum jubilee portrait. 

She accessorized her outfit with pearl earrings and a layered pearl necklace, a Diamond Guards brooch - the same brooch she traditionally donned every June for the Trooping the Colour. 

The Queen's Diamond Guards brooch is a tribute to the five regiments of the military that takes turn to troop the colour every year.

This brooch was made out of natural diamonds, and once belonged to her grandmother, Queen Mary. It combines the badges of the five regiments of the British and the Commonwealth armies - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards. 


These five regiments take turns every year during the Trooping the Colour to troop their flag. The symbols of Her Majesty's Diamond Guards brooch are enclosed in an oval frame with the Latin phrase, "Quinque Juncta In Uni", which means "Five Joined As One", on top of this frame sits a crown - Town and Country

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