Trooping the Colour 2024: When is the celebration and what is the parade route?

The Princess of Wales has spent a week in hospital following a planned abdominal operation (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Archive)
The Princess of Wales has spent a week in hospital following a planned abdominal operation (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Archive)

The Princess of Wales will attend this year’s Trooping the Colour, making it her first official royal duty to be announced since she underwent surgery in January.

Her appearance was listed on an online ticket booking site by the Army, though it has not yet been confirmed by Kensington Palace.

Following her abdominal surgery, it is thought that she will not attend any public engagements until after Easter.

But what is Trooping the Colour actually all about? Here are the key details.

What is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour is an annual event, always taking place in summer, to celebrate the reigning monarch’s birthday.

A King or Queen has two birthdays a year - one in June and their other, personal, date of birth. King Charles III’s actual birthday is on November 14, and last year he turned 75.

The annual summertime celebration to mark a monarch’s birthday has taken place since 1748 when it started with King George II.

The Trooping the Colour event takes place in June, due to more favourable weather, and is a parade through the streets of the capital.

Military personnel including more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and hundreds of army musicians will march in the parade under the watchful eye of the reigning King.

When is Trooping the Colour?

The event will take place on Saturday, June 15, and will be done by the Regiment of the Household Division and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Each year, a different Regiment is paraded at the Trooping the Colour - and each Regiment has a Colonel at the helm, who is normally either a member of the Royal Family or a senior officer within the British Army.

The Colonel of the Regiment for the Household Division is King Charles III.

A week earlier, on Saturday, June 8, The Princess of Wales is set to attend a Trooping the Colour review.

Where is the parade route?

The parade is the same every year and first will see King Charles travel down The Mall from Buckingham Palace by carriage.

The King then rides back to the Palace and watches the parade from the balcony alongside other working royals.

Troops march past, with the route going from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, and back again.

People can apply for tickets in a ballot to be in the seated stands each year, which closes on March 24, 2024.

Those without tickets are advised to choose a spot on The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards to watch the parade from the sidelines.

The event is scheduled to start around 10am, with the fly-past at 1pm.

The parade is also broadcast live on the BBC.