Prince Philip at Trooping the Colour
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Duke of Edinburgh has attended the Trooping the Colour parade to celebrate The Queen's official birthday, a week after being discharged from hospital. Prince Philip has spent the past week recovering after spending five nights in London's Edward VII hospital following treatment for a bladder infection.

The Duke, who celebrated his 91st birthday last Sunday, was taken ill after the spectacular River Thames Pageant at the height of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

His first public engagement since leaving hospital was hosting a dinner at Buckingham Palace last night, ahead of today's ceremony.

He and The Queen rode in a vintage carriage from the palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade in central London for the parade and are watching more than 1,600 officers and soldiers take part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry.

Accompanying the Monarch and her Consort on horseback was the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, and the Duke of Kent.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall travelled to the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage.

After The Queen took the salute, the royal family  headed back to Buckingham Palace to gather on the balcony to watch the traditional RAF flypast.

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle when colours, or flags, were carried or 'trooped' down the rank so that it could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to 'troop the colours', and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Queen's official birthday.

The present Queen's actual birthday was on April 21, when she turned 86.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales has been awarded the highest rank in all three military services by the Queen in her Birthday Honours List.

He becomes a Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Royal Air Force in the honorary promotion.

This is a report by the leading international British and Australian broadcaster SKY TV, 17 June 2010.