63 Photos Of Trooping The Colour, The Most Extra British Royal Family Tradition

The centuries-old ceremony takes place in honor of the Queen's birthday celebration.

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Every year, the Queen celebrates her birthday in early June. Although her real birthday is April 21, this celebration is known as Trooping the Colour and has been an annual ceremony for over 250 years. The tradition dates all the way back to King George II, who in 1748 combined the annual summer military march with his birthday celebration—even though he was born in October. Ever since, the reigning monarch has had the option of throwing their official birthday parade in the summertime.

In honor of this year's Trooping the Colour celebration (and the Queen's 96th birthday), we're taking a look back at all the ceremonies over the past two centuries.

The 2022 Trooping the Colour Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 2.

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The ceremony looked a bit different in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual format, it was held at Windsor Castle without any crowds.

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The Red Arrows took to the skies over Windsor Castle to mark the important day.

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The band marched through the George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle.

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The event in 2020, held at Windsor Castle, was socially distanced and scaled down.

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Queen Elizabeth watched the private parade from afar.

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2019

Camilla and the Duchess of Cambridge chat in the carriage as they arrive ahead of the ceremony.

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2019

Meghan and Harry arrive at the parade via carriage.

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2018

The royal family during the flyover.

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2018

Princess Charlotte took a tumble on the balcony, but her mom Kate was right there to comfort her.

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2018

Savannah Phillips stole the show when she told her cousin George to be quiet.

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2018

The Queen arriving at her birthday celebration!

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2018

Some of the Queen's children arriving on horseback during the parade.

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2018

Meghan Markle making her Trooping the Colour debut.

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2017

The whole royal family up on the balcony.

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2017

Two guards on horseback.

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2017

The Cambridges, back when they were just a family of four.

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2017

Princess Charlotte taking a sneak peek before the ceremonies begin.

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2017

The Queen waving to the crowd.

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2016

The whole scene.

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A flyover.

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2016

Where's the Queen? She often wears vibrant colors so people can see her from quite far away.

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2016

Queen Elizabeth opted for a lime green suit for her 90th birthday.

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A member of the Queen's Guard collapses during the ceremony.

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2015

Prince George points out something interesting to his father.

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2014

The parade getting started.

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2014

Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly over the ceremony.

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2013

The ceremony concluded with a 41-gun salute, fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

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2012

The Queen looked radiant in yellow from atop the palace's balcony.

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2009

More than 1,000 solders and horses take part in the festivities.

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The entire royal family waves at onlookers.

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