Ahead of the Trooping the Color military parade, Prince William checks that the Irish Guards are ready to perform in honor of the Queen.

On Saturday (May 28) the big dress rehearsal for the military parade “Trooping the Color” took place. Prince William (39), as Colonel of the Irish Guards, made sure that the troops were ready for the parade in honor of Queen Elizabeth II (96) next Thursday (June 2).

One of Prince Williams’ royal responsibilities includes leading and assessing the Irish Guards. At the public dress rehearsal, called “Colonel’s Review”, the 39-year-old wore the red and blue uniform of the Guard and the traditional black bearskin hat. The royal can be seen in photos on horseback. According to information from the tabloid “Daily Mail”, the dress rehearsal went smoothly.

That’s different with “Trooping the Color” this year

This year “Trooping the Color” not only celebrates the birthday, but also the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s throne. Nevertheless, the monarch will not accept the salute for the first time. Prince Charles (73), Prince William and Princess Anne (72) will represent her at the parade as Colonels in the Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Blues and Royals. This is reported by the “Sunday Times”.

The ceremony usually features Her Majesty’s personal troops as part of the Horse Guards Parade. Trooping the Color kicks off four days of national celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.