The Princess Royal receives members of the Royal Family ahead of this weekend’s Trooping the Color.
Princess Anne, 72, who recently received the title of Senior Colonel, will host a dinner for Household Division Colonels on the eve of the King’s official birthday parade in London.
The guests will include several members of the Royal Family, including Queen Camilla, who was appointed Colonel of the Grenadier Guards last December, and the Prince of Wales, who took over from his father as Colonel of the Welsh Guards after the accession of King Charles to the throne.
Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales, who has taken over as colonel of the Irish Guards from her husband, is also expected to attend, Hello! reported.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Kent will also be in attendance for their respective appointments as Royal Honorary Colonel, 1st Battalion London Guards and Colonel of the Scots Guards.
Princess Anne, 72, who recently received the title of senior colonel, will host a dinner tonight for the Colonels of the Household Division on the eve of the King’s official birthday parade in London. Yesterday with the king in the picture
It comes because the king was joined today by his sister, Princess Anne, on a rare joint engagement at Buckingham Palace.
The siblings were together when he presented the new Sovereign’s Standard to the Blues and Royals squadron (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) of the Household Cavalry, of which Anne is a colonel.
Charles spoke of his “great pride” in the connection between the Blues and Royals and the monarch, as the country continues to face “a range of threats” and “difficult times”.
A little after 2:00 p.m., the King, dressed in Field Marshal’s uniform with Field Marshal’s baton, and Anne, dressed in her Blues and Royals Colonel’s uniform which she also wore at last month’s coronation, arrived a little after 2:00 p.m. for a fanfare of trumpets. soldiers and 27 horses formed on the Quadrangle for the presentation of the new standard.
The new standard, made of silk damask with gold embroidery bearing the royal arms and battle honours, was then consecrated by the Chaplain General Padre Tom Sander and Father Ian Rogers, before being presented by the King, who briefly touched the default .
Charles then presented the standard to Major Peter Ireland, the squadron commander of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Charles, 74, then gave a short speech from the dais, recalling the squadron’s long ties to the monarch, and praising the unique dual operational and ceremonial role of its soldiers.
He said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, it is a matter of great pride to be here with you today to present your new standard, which in itself represents that personal bond between The Blues and Royals and the Sovereign that has existed since before the Restoration. in 1661.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards and Colonel of the Irish Guards respectively, will also attend the dinner. Pictured on the day of King Charles’ coronation with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
“Your standard, once the physical gathering point for your ancestors, is the golden thread that connects you to your glorious past.
“The battle honors on it, together with your uniforms and medals so visible in your ceremonial role, are a further demonstration of your proven record as battle-hardened mounted and dismounted soldiers with recent operational experience.
‘Indeed, I know that some of you are currently serving with the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Such history pays homage to your dual role, which is, of course, the fundamental principle that makes state ceremonial and public duties so special and believable to a deeply grateful nation.
“In these difficult times for our country, where we continue to face a range of threats in many different forms, both nationally and internationally, it is all the more important to maintain such standards of excellence and achievement.
The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured with other members of the royal family on coronation day, will also be in attendance
“As your Colonel-in-Chief, I know that your Colonel, the Princess Royal, joins me in thanking you all for your unwavering dedication and service, as well as your families for their immense and unwavering support, some of whom I am very pleased to see can join us today.
“I commend this standard as a source of pride and inspiration to all of you – wherever you are – in the service of your country.”
The standard was then given to the mounted troop of the Sovereign’s Escort, who marched past Charles and Anne to give a second royal salute.
After the brief ceremony, Charles and Anne spent several minutes meeting with some of the 75 guests present in the quadrangle, including past and present members of the Household Cavalry and friends and family of those on parade.
King Charles saluted yesterday as troops passed him during the Buckingham Palace service
Princess Anne was dressed in her military uniform, she and King Charles III presented the new Sovereign’s Standard to the Blues and Royals
Also among the guests is Brigadier General Andrew Parker Bowles, Queen Camilla’s ex-husband, a former commander of the Household Cavalry.
Service usually takes place every decade and the squadron was last awarded their Standard by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2014.
The handmade Blues and Royals stand is made by the Wyedean family business in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
The newly consecrated banner will be displayed on Saturday at the King’s first birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.
The general manager, Robin Wright, said: ‘The true honor we feel to create such historic and symbolic regimental standards and colors is absolutely incredible. It’s really a business high for all of us.
Typically, the regiment’s standards and colors are renewed every 10-12 years, but after the death of the late queen, all military regalia must be updated with the insignia of King Charles III and the Tudor crown.
Since it takes three of our skilled people a year to create just four colours, it takes thousands of hours of craftsmanship, from appliqué needlework to hand embroidery, to complete the high standard of elaborate fabrics ready to meet for years to come. to be presented to the armed forces. .’