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Trooping the Colour LIVE: King Charles and Queen Camilla are joined by Kate, William and other royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony for iconic RAF flypast bringing memorable day to a close

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King and Queen appear on balcony with Princess Kate

Catherine, Princess of Wales, appears on the balcony alongside the King and Queen before the RAF flypast.

Kings Troop has fired 41 guns in honour of monarch’s birthday

The Kings Troop Royal Horse artillery has fired 41 guns in honour of the monarch’s birthday from nearby Green Park.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526cc) King Charles III salutes Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

First gun of royal salute has been fired

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: King's Guards during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Crowds rush to see royals on balcony

Thousands of people have rushed down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace in the hopes of seeing the royal family on the balcony:

Palace release video of royal family leaving Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade

The Palace has released another behind the scenes featuring members of the royal family preparing for Trooping the Colour.

The video includes the King and Queen, as well as other royals including Princess Anne.

Exclusive:Royal guard engaged at Trooping the Colour

MailOnline captured the heartwarming moment a Royal Guard got engaged at Trooping the Colour.

Minor royals appear on balcony

The Duke of Kent has appeared on the balcony.

As we wait for the rest of the Royal Family to emerge on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony, which familiar faces are we expecting to see?

And, more importantly, will Prince Louis cause chaos on the balcony three years in a row.

Palace release behind the scenes video of Kate before heading to Trooping the Colour

The Palace has released a behind the scenes video of Princess Catherine before she steps into the horse-drawn carriage that takes her to Trooping the Colour.

The Princess of Wales lovingly plays with Princess Charlotte’s hair, comforting her before the family head out to greet the crowds.

Royal procession returns to The Mall

The King is waving at onlookers who are stubborn enough to remain on The Mall despite the pouring rain.

The troops are still faultless despite the miserable British weather.

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, was seen wiping fog from her carriage window in an effort to wave to royal fans.

The Princess of Wales leaves Horse Guards Parade, central London following Trooping the Colour ceremony, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526bo) The procession makes its way along Horse Guards Parade in the rain Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte travel along The Mall after Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The King and Queen return to Buckingham Palace

In keeping with tradition, the King leads the troops back to Buckingham Palace to finish the ceremony.

Crowds cheer even though the rain has started to pour.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla leave Horse Guards Parade, central London after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Troops return to Buckingham Palace

As the rain starts to fall, guards accompany the royal procession back to Buckingham Palace.

Members of the Welsh Guards during Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, in celebration of King Charles III's official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Prince William takes part in the parade

Prince William, the Prince of Wales, joined troops on horseback as his proud family watched on from the balcony.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Prince William, Prince of Wales during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
©George Cracknell Wright 15/06/2024London, United KingdomTrooping The Colour 2024Trooping the Colour The King's Birthday ParadeCatherine Princess of Wales watches The Trooping of the Colour with her children from a balcony on Horse Guards parade. Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together in a great of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The KingÕs official birthday.Photo Credit: George Cracknell Wright

Prince Louis dances along to proceedings

Naughty Prince Louis was spotted bopping along to the bagpipes at Trooping the Colour as his big sister Princess Charlotte has a stern word and appears to tell him to stop.

Kings Guards celebrate monarch’s birthday

The Kings Guards take part in the ceremonial parade to mark the monarch’s official birthday.

King Charles III during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Kings Guards during Trooping the Colour on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

Anti-monarchy protestors tell Charles ‘he’s not our King’

Republic, the anti-monarchy group, posted a video of protestors shouting at King Charles’s carriage as it moved down The Mall.

The group tweeted: ‘Trooping the Colour isn’t even over yet – we’ve still got the balcony to come.’

Irish Guards take pride of place in ceremony

The traditional event is well underway with the Irish Guards and their wolfhound mascot taking pride of place.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Kings Guards during Trooping the Colour on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, to celebrate King Charles III official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Irish Guards, a regiment of the Household Division Foot Guards, carry the new Colours on Horse Guards Parade for the King's Birthday Parade, "Trooping the Colour", in London on June 15, 2024. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. Since 1748, the Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign. Over 1500 parading soldiers and almost 300 horses take part in the event. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Princess Royal arrives for Trooping the Colour

In true no-nonsense fashion, Princess Anne has arrived on horseback for today’s ceremony.

The Princess Royal arrives for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, to celebrate King Charles III's official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(From L) Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal perform on Horse Guards Parade for the King's Birthday Parade, "Trooping the Colour", in London on June 15, 2024. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. Since 1748, the Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign. Over 1500 parading soldiers and almost 300 horses take part in the event. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/Shutterstock (14539525an) Prince William Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

BBC: ‘Prince Louis… stealing the show as ever’

Clare Balding, who is presenting the live coverage of Trooping the Colour on BBC, laughed as she watched Prince Louis yawn at the proceedings.

The journalist joked: ‘Ah, Prince Louis – stealing the show as ever.’

Princess of Wales has stern word with Louis

As the family watches on from the balcony at the Major General’s Office, the Princess of Wales appears to have a quiet word with Louis – who is known for his antics.

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©George Cracknell Wright 15/06/2024London, United KingdomTrooping The Colour 2024Trooping the Colour The King's Birthday ParadeCatherine Princess of Wales watches The Trooping of the Colour with her children from a balcony on Horse Guards parade. Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together in a great of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The KingÕs official birthday.Photo Credit: George Cracknell Wright
©George Cracknell Wright 15/06/2024London, United KingdomTrooping The Colour 2024Trooping the Colour The King's Birthday ParadeCatherine Princess of Wales watches The Trooping of the Colour with her children from a balcony on Horse Guards parade. Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together in a great of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The KingÕs official birthday.Photo Credit: George Cracknell Wright

Lady Louise Windsor wears same dress as King’s Coronation

Lady Louise Windsor looked graceful in a white chiffon tea dress adorned with blue flowers – a frock she previously donned for the King’s Coronation last May.

Read more about her sustainable style choice here:

King takes part in Trooping the Colour parade

The King takes part in Trooping the Colour parade which honours his official birthday:

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla attend the Trooping the Colour parade to honour him on his official birthday in London, Britain, June 15, 2024. REUTERS/Hollie Adams
Britain's King Charles arrives for the Trooping the Colour parade which honours his official birthday in London, Britain, June 15, 2024. REUTERS/Chris J. Ratcliffe

Charles salutes as troops play God Save the King

King Charles III salutes as troops play God Save the King as he arrives at Horse Guards Parade

Princess of Wales stuns in black and white dress

Kate Middleton glows in a black and white number, accentuated with a golden brooch as she arrives at Trooping the Colour with her children.

The Princess of Wales has a monochromaic bow on her neckline and wears a matching hat.

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, arrives to Horse Guards Parade for the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour" in London on June 15, 2024. Catherine, Princess of Wales, is making a tentative return to public life for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer, attending the Trooping the Colour military parade in central London. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/Shutterstock (14539525j) Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Catherine Princess of Wales Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

Princess of Wales steps out of horse-drawn carriage

Watch as Catherine, Princess of Wales, steps out of her carriage alongside her children as they arrive at Horse Guards Parade.

Duchess of Edinburgh travels by carriage

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, travels by carriage to Horse Guards Parade.

Her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, who is a student at the University of St Andrews, braves the rain and rides in the open air.

The Duchess of Edinburgh travels by carriage to the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Britain's Lady Louise Windsor attends the Trooping the Colour parade to honour Britain's King Charles on his official birthday in London, Britain, June 15, 2024. REUTERS/Hollie Adams
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Lady Louise Windsor during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak attends Trooping the Colour with wife in rain

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attends Trooping the Colour with his wife Akshata Murty.

But the Conservative leader seems to have forgotten a raincoat… and not for the first time during this General Election campaign.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre) and his wife Akshata Murty (centre right) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre) and his wife Akshata Murty (centre right) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The King arrives at Horse Guards Parade

King Charles III and Queen Camilla honour his official birthday in London:

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla attend the Trooping the Colour parade to honour him on his official birthday in London, Britain, June 15, 2024. REUTERS/Hollie Adams

Band of Grenadier Guards march at The Mall

Watch as the band of Grenadier Guards march with precision at The Mall

Watch as Princess of Wales smiles at Trooping the Colour

Catherine, Princess of Wales, smiles alongside her three children in horse-drawn carriage

As Kate smiles, cheeky Prince Louis looks less than pleased

Catherine, Princess of Wales, is pictured in a carriage alongside her children.

Although Prince George and Princess Charlotte look upbeat, young Prince Louis, 6, looks slightly bored by the royal proceedings.

London - 15.06.24Members of The Royal Family attend Trooping The Colour 2024. Trooping The Colour, also known as The King's Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army that has taken place since the mid-17th century marking the official birthday of the British Sovereign. This year the regiment whose Colour is being Trooped is Number 9 Company Irish Guards.Pic: © Max MumbyMax Mumby - +44 7970 799043mumby@mac.com
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis attends Trooping the Colour on The Mall, London, UK.15/06/2024Credit Photo (c)Karwai Tang 2024For more information, please contact:Karwai Tang 07950 192531karwai@karwaitang.com
Members of The Royal Family attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace, London, UK, on the 15th June 2024.Picture by James Whatling

Princess of Wales seen for first time at Trooping the Colour

Catherine, Princess of Wales, smiles as she passes cheering crowds on her way to the ceremony with her children – George, Charlotte and Louis.

Image Licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 15/06/2024. London, United Kingdom. UK Royal Family including King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George , Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, take part in Trooping the Colour in London. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Catherine, Princess of Wales during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton smiles in carriage with children

The Princess of Wales has made her first public appearance in a carriage with her three children.

She smiles and waves at the crowds lining The Mall.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526ad) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

Royal procession begins as Charles and Camilla seen in carriage

King Charles and Queen Camilla make their way down The Mall in a carriage:

The ceremonial parade continues

Amongst the troops, Irish Guards mascot Seamus makes his way down The Mall:

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: The Irish Guards mascot, an Irish Wolf Hound named Turlough Mor but affectionately known as Seamus, is led across the square by a scarlet-coated drummer and presented to the regiment as the soldiers line up during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the celebrations for King Charles III's official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Soldiers from the Irish Guards march along the Mall as they take part in the Trooping the Color ceremony, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Trooping the Color is the King'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/Alberto Pezzali)

Protestors boo passing cars and carriages

Anti-monarchy protestors have been caught on camera booing passing cars on parade.

Breaking:King and Queen spotted heading to Trooping the Colour

King Charles and Queen Camilla have been pictured in a car on their way to the ceremony.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
15 June 2024.The King, Charles III, and members of the royal family attending Trooping the Colour. The King, because of his health issue, will journey from Buckingham Palace to Horseguards Parade in a carriage. The Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, Prince Edward, The Duke of Edinburgh will be on horseback. The Queen, Camilla, Catherine, Princess of Wales, the children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, will be in open carriages, weather permitting. On returning, The Royal Family will appear on the balcony at the palace for the flypast.Credit: Justin Goff/GoffPhotos.com   Ref: KGC-03

Troops start marching down The Mall

Over 1,400 officers and soldiers form the parade, together with 200 horses and over 400 musicians.

Soldiers of the Irish Guards march along the Mall as they take part in the Trooping the Color ceremony, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Trooping the Color is the King'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/Alberto Pezzali)
Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the celebrations for King Charles III's official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the celebrations for King Charles III's official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Behind the scenes at Trooping the Colour

The Army posted a sneak-peek into what it is really like to prepare for Trooping the Colour:

Hardman: ‘Forget the weather, it’s a great cause of celebration’

The Mail’s very own Robert Hardman told BBC News: ‘To see how far we’ve come since February digesting the news of Kate and the King, forget the weather, it’s a great cause of celebration’

Princess of Wales seen in public for the first time since cancer diagnosis

The Princess of Wales has made her first public appearance this year by joining the Royal Family at Trooping the Colour despite her ongoing cancer treatment.

Breaking:Kate Middleton heads to Trooping the Colour with family

The Princess of Wales has been pictured in a car with husband Prince William and their three children – George, Charlotte and Louis – ahead of today’s event.

London - 15.06.24Members of The Royal Family attend Trooping The Colour 2024. Trooping The Colour, also known as The King's Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army that has taken place since the mid-17th century marking the official birthday of the British Sovereign. This year the regiment whose Colour is being Trooped is Number 9 Company Irish Guards.Pic: © Max MumbyMax Mumby - +44 7970 799043mumby@mac.com
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. CATHERINE, PRINCESS OF WALES, is seen arriving at Buckingham Palace in Westminster, ahead of the Trooping The Colour ceremony. This is the first official public appearance by the Duchess after it was announced she is being treaded for cancer. . Photo credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP
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Meet Seamus – the Irish wolfhound

GB News interviewed someone with a very important role in today’s Trooping the Colour.

Seamus has been a regimental mascot at the event for three years and sometimes ‘doesn’t like the sound of the bass drum’.

Crowds brave the rain ahead of Trooping the Colour

The skies have opened in London as royal fans and protestors alike have whipped out their umbrellas

It is clear that rain will not deter the crowds from watching this year’s Trooping the Colour.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526l) Members of the crowd during Trooping the Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024
Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526m) Members of the crowd during Trooping the Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

Royal expert praises ‘resilient’ Princess of Wales

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: ‘Kate’s appearance today is pivotal as the royal family is much weakened by two senior members fighting cancer. It is especially significant as we have not seen her on an official engagement since December.

‘It is clear, both from the moving video message in March and from the statement released yesterday, that she is resilient.

‘They will have a very special cachet as today’s Birthday Parade will. She is a very special person with a place in all our hearts.’

Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, poses next to a tree, at her Windsor residence, June 14, 2024, in Windsor, Berkshire (UK). Middleton has reappeared in a photo announcing that she will be attending King Charles III's birthday tomorrow, June 15 (Trooping the Colour) and that her cancer treatment is "progressing well." JUNE 14. 14 Jun 2024 Pictured: Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, poses next to a tree, at her Windsor residence, June 14, 2024, in Windsor, Berkshire (UK). Middleton has reappeared in a photo announcing that she will be attending King Charles III's birthday tomorrow, June 15 (Trooping the Colour) and that her cancer treatment is "progressing well." JUNE 14;2024 Kensington Palace 06/14/2024. Photo credit: Kensington Palace / MEGA  TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

Brigade Major: ‘Princess of Wales news lifts the whole occasion’

Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw told BBC news: ‘It just lifts the whole occasion for us and it means we’ve got to be even better today’

Protestors chant as fans gather to see the King

Despite grey skies, the Mall near Buckingham Palace is filling up with fans eager for Trooping the Colour to begin.

But chants of ‘not my King’ and ‘down with the crown’ echo down the mall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public ahead of Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public ahead of Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Republic protestors mock King Charles

Republic, a group which advocates abolishing the monarchy, wrote on X: ‘Apparently this guy called Charles is coming by in an hour or so. We’ll be there’.

Excitement builds ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royals fans are dressed to impress this Saturday morning ahead of Trooping the Colour.

One fan, who was seen earlier with a cardboard cut-out of King Charles, seems to be showing off the entirety of her very royal collection.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Joseph Afrane ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Royal fans hold a cardboard cutout of Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, as they wait on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace before the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour" in London on June 15, 2024. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. Since 1748, the Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign. Over 1500 parading soldiers and almost 300 horses take part in the event. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)

RAF confirm fly-past in a social media post

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the Royal Air Force confirmed that over 30 aircract will ‘take to the skies’ at 1pm – ‘subject to weather, serviceability and operational requirements.

Republic, a group which advocates abolishing the monarchy, shared a post of activists gathering outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the King’s official birthday parade.

It read: ‘It’s a sunny day (so far) for a protest! Join us, outside Buckingham Palace from 9.00am.’

Read the full story on MailOnline here:

Protestors and royal fans gather on The Mall

Anti-monarchy protestors have started to line The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour today.

It comes as crowds arrive to support the Princess of Wales ahead of her first public appearance this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Protesters wave banners on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Ahead of today’s Trooping the Colour, we reminisce on the smiles, laughter and chaos of last year’s event.

Read the full story on MailOnline here:

Royal fans gather on The Mall

Decked out in British regalia, royal fans have been camping out close to Buckingham Palace in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the Princess of Wales.

Although the traditional ceremony officially begins after 10am, they have been waiting since early this morning.

One fan is even joined by a very special cardboard companion…

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Joseph Afrane ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If you don’t fancy facing the hordes of tourists and royal fans on The Mall today, MailOnline reveals how to watch Trooping the Colour from the comfort of your own sofa.

The parade will be broadcast live on the BBC.

Live coverage begins on BBC One from 10.30am running all the way through to 1.10pm.

If you are too busy to watch the event live, you will be able to catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Balcony at Buckingham Palace is prepared

The Princess of Wales will join other royals on Buckingham Palace’s balcony later today, and staff have been busy getting it ready this morning:

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526d) Preparations are carried out on the balcony ahead of Trooping The Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526a) Preparations are carried out on the balcony ahead of Trooping The Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526d) Preparations are carried out on the balcony ahead of Trooping The Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

The Trooping the Colour ceremony takes place to celebrate the birthday of the reigning monarch in the UK and has been held every year for the past 260 years.

The popular event will attract big crowds, who will be seen waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

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During the ceremony, King Charles will be greeted by a royal salute, before carrying out an inspection of the troops, who are fully trained and operational soldiers wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats.

Read the full story on MailOnline here:

Police patrol area ahead of Trooping the Colour

Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers have been deployed on the ceremonial route to ensure the safety and security of attendees:

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. Members of the Royal family attend Trooping The Colour ceremony in central London to mark the King Charles III's official Birthday. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. Police patrol in Westminster ahead of Trooping The Colour ceremony in central London to mark the King Charles III's official Birthday. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. Police patrol in Westminster ahead of Trooping The Colour ceremony in central London to mark the King Charles III's official Birthday. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP

The ceremony begins at 10am and lasts until around 1pm. The route is as follows:

  • The Princess of Wales will travel with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in a state carriage down the Mall and watch the parade from the Major General’s Office with the rest of the royal family.
  • The King will travel down The Mall from Buckingham Palace with an escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
  • Once the clock on Horse Guards strikes 11am the King will arrive to take the Royal Salute from the officers and men of the Household Division.
  • Following the salute, The King will go up and down the ranks, inspecting the troops.
  • The bands will then perform a musical ‘troop’ and the Regimental Colour will be escorted up and down the ranks of Guards.
  • The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past His Majesty, The King’s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery with their guns.
  • The King will head back to Buckingham Palace ahead of his guards before taking the salute in front of the Palace railings as the troops march past on their way to their barracks.
  • The ceremony is due to finish at 12.25pm.
  • The King joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast by the Royal Air Force at approximately 1pm.

The Royal Family, led by Prince William, will support Kate as she make her ‘significant’ return to public duties today. Read the full story on MailOnline:

What time is Trooping the Colour today?

Organisers have advised the public to stand on The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade from 9am.

The Trooping the Colour parade will start at 10am, with the RAF flypast at 1pm.

Met imposes ‘substantial’ policing operation

Scotland Yard has a ‘substantial’ policing operation for the event, with anti-monarchy group Republic allowed to protest but banned from using amplified sound.

In a post on X today, Republic said: ‘It’s a lovely sunny day (so far) for a protest! Join us, outside Buckingham Palace from 9.00am. #NotMyKing #AbolishTheMonarchy.’

Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers will be deployed on the ceremonial route to ensure the safety and security of attendees, with tens of thousands expected.

Royal fans began to gather on The Mall today ahead of Trooping the Colour. Read this morning’s top story on MailOnline about the procession and what to expect:

Welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage as the Princess of Wales is set to make her first public appearance this year, joining her family at Trooping the Colour.

Kate, who has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer since late February, will ride in a carriage alongside her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, for the traditional procession today.

Later, she is expected to gather with the King, the Prince of Wales and other royals on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the fly-past.

Stay with MailOnline throughout today for live updates.

Key Updates

  • The King and Queen return to Buckingham Palace

  • Troops return to Buckingham Palace

  • Charles salutes as troops play God Save the King

  • Rishi Sunak attends Trooping the Colour with wife in rain

  • The King arrives at Horse Guards Parade

  • Princess of Wales seen for first time at Trooping the Colour

  • Kate Middleton heads to Trooping the Colour with family

  • The parade has officially started

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