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#PlatinumJubilee: What is Trooping the Color ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II?

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will officially start Thursday with the ‘Trooping the Colour’ ceremony.

The ‘Trooping the Colour’ ceremony, also known as the King or Queen’s Birthday Parade, is a 17th-century tradition in which British infantry regiments organize an elaborate parade to mark the official birthday of the British sovereign. During this parade, the monarch inspects the troops and gives them a royal salute.

The parade is attended by members of the royal family and watched by spectators who gather along the parade route in Central London. Millions of people watch the ceremony through live streams or on television.

Activists from Animal Rebellion, an animal and climate justice group, crashed the ‘Trooping the Colour’ parade on Thursday before they were arrested by the police.

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Like on the streets of London, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations have created a buzz on social media as well. While many people are sharing cheerful snapshots of the grand celebrations, a section of them is also using Twitter to criticize the expenditure of public money to organize events related to the monarchy.

Elizabeth II became England’s queen on February 6, 1952. However, her official coronation took place on June 2, 1953, which is why the Platinum Jubilee celebrations are taking place on Thursday and will continue through the weekend. With 70 years of reign, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom.


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