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I was swamped too so I could not get to my blogs yesterday. There is simply no rest for the royals. Not until August when the queen goes to Balmoral. In the last week we have witnessed the Trooping of the Colour (the official celebration of the Queen’s Birthday), Ceremony for the Most Nobel Order of the Garter and Royal Ascot.

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour is a ceremony that began in the 17th century and is performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. During a military conflict a regiment’s or flags, were used as rallying points. Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British sovereign. It is held in London every year on a Saturday in June at Horse Guards Parade by St. James’s Park, and coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. 

The gathering of the Royal Family on the balcony marks the first appearance of the Duke of Edinburgh since he was released from the hospital. 

Garter Ceremony.

The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the highest, and oldest, order of Chivalry in Britain and was founded by King Edward III of England circa 1348. The ceremony for the Garter is held on Monday’s of Ascot Week. It was held sporadically in the 18th century and ceased altogether in 1805. King George VI revived the ceremony in 1945 and it has been held every year since. The opening of the ceremony consists of the members of the Order, displayed in their ceremonial robes and Garter insignia, process from the state apartments in the Upper Ward of Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel where the service is held. When any new Knights of the Garter have been created they are installed on this occasion.

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is one of the major social events of the year. It began in the reign of Queen Anne in 1711. It is a horse racing event attended by the Queen and the other members of the Royal Family. The queen processes in a carriage and the royal standard is raised at the begin of each days racing. This event has become well know for the fancy dress and formal attire worn by the spectators along with the often outrageous hats worn by the women.