Why Princess Kate Will Mark A Milestone At This Year's Trooping

The royal family are gearing up for the King’s birthday parade which is due to take place this weekend.

The annual event has now marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 260 years. This year, the colour being trooped is the King’s colour – 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

The parade travels from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade and finishes with an impressive Royal Air Force fly-past.

On his big day, King Charles will be supported by key members of the royal family. In line with last year’s birthday parade, His Majesty will be joined by senior royals.

Trooping the Colour is a key event in the royal calendar

We can therefore expect to see the likes of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, and their kids, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Earl of Wessex.

The Princess of Wales

This year is set to be a first for the Princess of Wales. It will mark her first Trooping the Colour since becoming the new Colonel of the Irish Guards, a role previously held by her husband Prince William. 

Princess Kate took the salute for the very first time as Colonel of the Irish Guards during a March visit to Mons Barracks to mark St Patrick’s Day.

Last year Princess Kate rode alongside Queen Camilla

The mother-of-three will likely watch Trooping the Colour from the comfort of her ceremonial carriage, before joining the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Princess Kate will be joined by her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.