UK monarch marks official birthday with pomp and parade

UK monarch marks official birthday with pomp and parade
Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry ride in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is marking her official birthday with the annual Trooping the Color parade, a traditional display of British pageantry.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen’s Birthday Parade and one of the nation’s most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

About 1,400 soldiers in ceremonial scarlet coats and bearskin hats march past the queen in a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in Westminster.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen’s Birthday Parade and one of the nation’s most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Royals taking part included Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife Kate, and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

Soldiers march to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen’s Birthday Parade and one of the nation’s most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Thousands of spectators have lined the parade ground and gathered in nearby St. James’s park to watch the spectacle.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen’s Birthday Parade and one of the nation’s most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle. The colors — or flags — were “trooped,” or carried down the lines of soldiers, so they could be seen and recognized in battle. The regimental flag being paraded this year is from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.