King Charles Will Break Royal Tradition at This Year’s Trooping the Colour

New reign, new rules

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You know the saying, “Rules are meant to be broken?” Well, apparently that’s become King Charles’s new mantra because the 75-year-old monarch will break a major royal tradition at this year’s Trooping of the Colour, which is set to take place on Saturday, June 15, in London. 

Though His Majesty is currently undergoing medical treatment for an undisclosed type of cancer, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the senior royal will attend the annual celebration. Per Hello! Magazine, the king will inspect the soldiers from a carriage (alongside his wife, Queen Camilla) as opposed to from a horseback during the ceremony. 

Last year, King Charles rode on horseback (the traditional method) alongside his oldest son, Prince William, and two siblings, Prince Edward and Princess Anne. According to People, His Majesty was the first monarch to ride on horseback since the passing of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who switched from riding on horseback to taking a carriage during the ceremony in 1986. 

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Meanwhile, other members of the British royal family ride in carriages. Back in June 2023, Kate Middleton rode alongside her three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 6. 

Buckingham Palace hasn’t confirmed whether or not the Princess of Wales will participate in the festivities this year. However, the palace did announce that Lieutenant General James Bucknall will carry out the role of Inspecting Officer (on behalf of the royal princess) for the traditional Colonel’s Review on June 8. 

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Aside from this year’s Trooping the Colour, King Charles, Queen Camilla and Prince William will also attend ceremonies for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in June. But the remainder of the royal family’s summer schedule remains unclear because they recently announced that they will be postponing some engagements to accommodate the upcoming U.K. general election, which will take place on July 4, 2024.

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