'Trooping the color' in London for queen's official birthday

  • 'Trooping the color' in London for queen's official birthday

'Trooping the color' in London for queen's official birthday

Five guardsmen fainted amid sweltering temperatures during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London.

At Horse Guards Parade, the soldiers wear full uniform, including the famed bearskin hat as they stand and march for hours.

It did take a moment or two for anyone to assist the first casualty, however, possibly out of fear of violating the pomp or maybe just because of the "soaring" temperatures.

Keep watching for the highlights reel of guardsmen whose stiff upper lip was no match for the blistering English sun.

Later, the royal family watched the traditional RAF fly-past from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The year before that it was Prince George who stole the show by playfully sticking his tongue out at the crowd - to the crowd's delight, if not perhaps the Queen's.

Despite being born on April 21, 1926, Queen Elizabeth officially celebrates her birthday during the parade.

With Philip's recent announcement that he will retire from public duties after the summer, this could be the last time the public see him play such a visible role in the ceremony.

"Today is traditionally a day of celebration", she wrote in the letter, signed Elizabeth R.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. The littlest royals and their parents were also joined by Prince Harry, Duchess Camilla, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Referencing the UK's recent terror attacks, she said "it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood". But the most commented was Prince George, who soon seemed to be bored.

"As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events", the Queen continued.

The Queen, 91, visited the site of the Greenfell Tower fire in north Kensinton with her grandson, Prince William, on Friday and paid a visit to the Westway Community Centre, where many residents are now seeking shelter following the blaze.

She marked the occasion with an unprecedented speech in which she acknowledged the heartbreaking effects of the three major terrorist attacks committed against Britain in 2017 as well as the Grenfell Tower fire.