Prince William has taken part in his first Trooping of the Colour parade to mark the Queen’s official 85th birthday celebrations. He rode on horseback for the ceremony at Horse Guards in London as his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge rode in a horse-drawn carriage with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The ceremony marked the 85th birthday of the Sovereign and came a day after the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday.
Members of the Royal Family later gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast by the RAF.
The Prince of Wales - Colonel of the Welsh Guards, also rode alongside Prince William along with the Princess Royal - Colonel of the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals and Colonel of the Scots Guards, the Duke of Kent.
The Queen, who actually turned 85 on 21 April, arrived in a carriage with the Duke of Edinburgh, who was dressed as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
The colour trooped this year was that of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
Prince William’s wife, Catherine, attended the ceremony for the first time. She and the other royals were cheered by thousands of spectators as they headed to the parade ground.
On Thursday she gave her first official bow as a fully working princess, attending a glamorous fundraiser in London with her husband Prince William. The couple attended the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) gala dinner, and were seated opposite each other at a 25 seat table that also included Tom Ford, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Countess Von Bismark and Princess Marie-Chantal.
The evening also included Prince William’s first speech since the Royal wedding, so as to launch a four-year agreement between his own charity and the ARK, to which he subsequently receive a standing ovation.
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