Although many people have been enjoying the recent rise in temperature, some soldiers found it to be a bit much when Prince William inspected the troops at the Colonel’s Review in preparation for next week’s Trooping the Colour.
At least three soldiers passed out during the inspection due to the heat as London experienced its highest temperature of the year, 28. During the inspection, hundreds of soldiers and horses were performing drills on the battlefield while listening to military music. One of the fainters was a member of the Massed Bands of the Household Division. He quickly stood up to the cheers of the crowd, and then medical personnel led him away.
After the event, the Prince of Wales personally thanked attendees for participating in the Colonel’s Review and brought up the weather on social media. William posted on Twitter, “A big thank you to every soldier who took part in the Colonel’s Review this morning in the heat.” “Difficult circumstances, but you all did an excellent job. I’m grateful. W.”
The Colonel’s Review is the last assessment before the Trooping of the Colour, which commemorates the official birthday of the monarch. William rode a horse named Darby while dressed in a red dress uniform, a bearskin cap, and for his inspection. The horse led the Queen’s funeral procession last year as a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Royals will congregate on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch a flypast after the ceremony. Despite the fact that we have occasionally seen extended family members on the balcony, it’s likely that King Charles and Queen Camilla will only be joined by working members of the royal family on this occasion, in keeping with the previous year’s event and the recent coronation. The Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Earl of Wessex, are examples of the types of people we can expect to see.
In order to prevent his subjects from getting sick on account of his birthday in November, King George II established the service back in 1748. He instead chose to celebrate during the warmer months.
400 musicians, 200 horses, and over 1,400 parading soldiers join forces for the ceremony in an impressive display of military prowess, horsemanship, and fanfare. Along with members of the royal family riding horses and riding in carriages, the parade moves from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade while people line the streets waving flags.
Tim Rooke, a 25-year royal photographer for Shutterstock, previously admitted to HELLO! in 2021 that he took some of the “nicest family photos” at the 2019 ceremony, where Prince Louis made his adorable debut.
Before the Queen and her family gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, he even managed to snap some amazing off-duty pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Louis with their royal nanny.
“Some of the kids were in the window of Buckingham Palace waiting with their nanny, watching as the [then] Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came back, so that made some quite fun pictures,” the man said. “And then once they’re back, then they all come out on the balcony, so it made some very nice family pictures.”