The Queen’s Trooping The Colour through the years IN PICTURES – Daily News

 The 92-year-old will mark her official birthday tomorrow at the most highly anticipated events in the royal calendar – an occasion she has never missed  Her first appearance at the momentous occasion was as a youngster at just 14-months old  But it was years before photos emerged of the young Elizabeth at the pageant. This black and white picture shows a seven-year-old then-Princess Elizabeth riding in a carriage with Queen Mary, Queen Consort to King George V, with her daughter Princess Mary, the Princess Royal beside her, and Elizabeth the Duchess of York   The young princess looks adorable in a white bonnet adorned with ribbon. The ceremony, which has taken place since 1748, is steeped in tradition and involves a military parade and the chance for the Queen to inspect her personal troops  The Queen’s first parade as the UK’s head of state took place in 1952, where she rode in a carriage alongside the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the procession to Horse Guards Parade  Since the 1950s, the Trooping The Colour has always fallen on the second Saturday of June, the monarch’s official birthday celebrations    After travelling from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, the Queen inspects around 2,000 members of the Household Division and Horse Guards, made up of 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians, who give the monarch the royal salute  The Queen used to take part in horseback, but since 1987, she has chosen to ride in a carriage instead  The band also performs a musical troop as the regimental flag, or colour, is carried down the ranks  The Queen is then driven back to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards. And this is where the monarch is joined by other members of the Royal Family to finish the celebrations where they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet crowds and watch the spectacular RAF flypast

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