Thousands in London for Trooping the Color spectacle

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, along with other members of the British royal family, look up at the RAF flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Colour parade in central London. (Reuters)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II travels in a horse-drawn carriage to Horseguards parade ahead of her Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018.(AFP)
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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in a horse-drawn carriage down The Mall to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
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(L-R) Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal escort Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on horseback to Horseguards parade ahead of her Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, travel in a carriage to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Members of the Household Division, march down The Mall to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Members of the Household Division, march to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II travels in a horse-drawn carriage to Horseguards parade ahead of her Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage to travel to Horseguards parade ahead of her Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 10 June 2018

Thousands in London for Trooping the Color spectacle

  • The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle. Flags, or colors, were “trooped” so soldiers in the ranks would be able to recognize them.
  • The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21.

LONDON: Hundreds of British soldiers are taking part in the annual Trooping the Color ceremony in London marking Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday celebration in front of thousands of spectators.About 1,000 soldiers marched to House Guards Parade in Whitehall, central London, as part of the ceremony, which marked Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday.
Watched by large crowds, the royals arrived in horse-drawn carriages as part of a procession. The event was attended by senior royals including the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband, did not attend the event, having retired from public life last year.
The duke and duchess of Sussex, who married three weeks ago, made the short trip from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade in a horse-drawn carriage as royal fans lining the Mall cheered and waved. The couple later joined other members of the royal family on the palace’s front balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly by.
As the aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows, released plumes of red, white and blue smoke over the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the queen’s great-grandchildren waved wildly. She smiled — both at the jets and the children.

The 92-year-old queen, whose real birthday is April 21, seemed vigorous as she keenly observed the event. The monarch, who recently had a successful cataract operation, watched the ceremony from a dais and inspected the guardsmen in bearskin hats and scarlet tunics.
One guardsman stood out: Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22-year-old Sikh from Leicester, who wore a black turban. It marked the first time a member of the Coldstream Guards took part wearing turban — and Lall hoped it wouldn’t be the last.
“I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history,” he said. “I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the Army.”
Trooping the Color is a ceremony deeply rooted in the history of the United Kingdom. It originated from traditional preparations for battle when flags, or colors, were “trooped” so soldiers in the ranks would be able to recognize them.
Thousands of spectators flocked to London for the annual spectacle, hoping to catch a glimpse of the glittering house of Windsor, jamming the royal parks near the parade grounds.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a Carolina Herrera dress and a hat by Philip Treacy. The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton who is married to Harry’s older brother Prince William, wore a dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill.
Harry and William were in military dress uniforms.
The queen, who wore a sky blue coat and dress by Stuart Parvin and a hat by Angela Kelly, traveled alone in an Ascot Landau. The queen’s husband, 96-year-old Prince Philip, has retired from royal duties.
Some 7,500 guests joined the monarch at Horse Guards, with prime seats accorded to US Defense Secretary James Mattis and Britain’s Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson.
The military precision of the parade unraveled slightly at the end of the day when the former chief of the defense staff, Charles Guthrie, 79, was thrown from his horse. He received medical attention.


ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

Updated 02 April 2020

ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

  • Remote Culture is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in fighting COVID-19

RIYADH: The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) has announced the creation of three awards for students in three cultural areas as part of its Remote Culture initiative.

The first prize is $6,000, the second is $4,000 and the third is $2,000, in addition to certificates of appreciation, in the fields of short story writing and painting, the organization said.

National committees in member states will communicate with educational institutions to invite students to take part in competitions, and will select three works of each category to be sent to ICESCO by the end of June 2020.

The organization then will form a specialized international jury to choose the best three works in each branch.

The initiative is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to find alternative solutions to ensure the sustainability of its educational, scientific and cultural work.

The new ICESCO initiative includes remote training and capacity-building for heritage frameworks, where the organization will be preparing and broadcasting a series of videos through its website as of April 15.

The videos include training programs in physical and intangible heritage, and documentation of cultural heritage using artificial intelligence techniques and risk-, crisis- and disaster-management in heritage sites and museums.

They will also introduce techniques for registering heritage sites on the lists of Islamic world heritage and world heritage, rehabilitating endangered crafts, promoting the general principles of managing museums in the Islamic world and protecting underwater cultural heritage.

The initiative also offers an invitation for remote reading to take advantage of ICESCO's digital libraries and other sites available.