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    What Is Trooping The Color Ceremony? Will Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Attend It?

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become the two ousted members of the royal family. Since the couple left the UK and moved their bases to the US, they have made bombshell confessions about the family. They chronicled the ill-treatment they received at the hands of the royal family. But after they released a controversial docuseries and a tell-all memoir, the rift between them and the royal family increased.

    Despite the controversial content, the palace extended an invitation to King Charles III’s coronation ceremony. But Prince Harry was the only one who turned up for the royal ceremony, and Meghan Markle stayed back for Archie’s birthday. In June 2023, King Charles III will celebrate the sovereign’s birthday, a tradition that has been in place for two centuries now. It is called the ‘Trooping the Color’ ceremony. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not get an invitation to the royal event.

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    What Is Trooping The Color Ceremony?

    Soldiers during Trooping The Color ceremony
    Soldiers during Trooping The Color ceremony

    The British royal family has many traditions that have been part of it for many centuries. One such ceremony is the ‘Trooping the Color’ ceremony, where there is a parade that consists of soldiers, horses, and musicians who gather together to mark the official birthday of the monarch. So, the British monarchs have two birthdays in a year.

    During the ceremony, the parade starts at Buckingham Palace, and then it moves to The Mall for the Horse Guards Parade.

    The ceremony starts once the family arrives at the Horse Guard’s Parade in Whitehall. The soldiers greet the family with a royal salute, and then the family inspects the soldiers, who are wearing the official red tunic uniform and bearskin hats. The military band performs, and after that, the flag is passed down to the soldiers.

    The ‘Trooping the Color’ ceremony had its origins during the reign of King George II. He celebrated his birthday in June instead of November. Due to the cold weather, King George II decided to celebrate his birthday in June, and since then, the royal family has observed tradition. The ceremony has attained permanence since King George III’s birthday in 1760.

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    Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Reportedly Not Invited To The Event

    The Duke and Duchess during the 2019 event
    The Duke and Duchess during the 2019 event

    Prince Harry has never missed the ‘Trooping the Color’ ceremony since he has become older to attend it with the family. However, in 2022, during Queen Elizabeth II‘s sovereign birthday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the ceremony as non-working members of the family. The couple did not appear on the balcony with other family members.

    The Royal family’s representative told Harper’s Bazaar,  After careful consideration, “The Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd June will be limited to Her Majesty and those Members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of The Queen.”

    However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not invited to King Charles III’s first sovereign birthday. Richard Eden told the Daily Mail, “I hear that Prince Harry and Meghan have not […] been invited to the King’s Birthday Parade next weekend. It will be the first time in Harry’s life that he has not been welcome at the monarch’s official birthday celebrations.”

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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