Trooping the Colour LIVE: Kate Middleton will make her first public appearance since cancer diagnosis alongside King Charles as Royal fans and Republic protesters gather at the Mall

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Excitement builds ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royals fans are dressed to impress this Saturday morning ahead of Trooping the Colour.

One fan, who was seen earlier with a cardboard cut-out of King Charles, seems to be showing off the entirety of her very royal collection.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Joseph Afrane ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Royal fans hold a cardboard cutout of Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, as they wait on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace before the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour" in London on June 15, 2024. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. Since 1748, the Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign. Over 1500 parading soldiers and almost 300 horses take part in the event. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)

RAF confirm fly-past in a social media post

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the Royal Air Force confirmed that over 30 aircract will ‘take to the skies’ at 1pm – ‘subject to weather, serviceability and operational requirements.

Republic, a group which advocates abolishing the monarchy, shared a post of activists gathering outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the King’s official birthday parade.

It read: ‘It’s a sunny day (so far) for a protest! Join us, outside Buckingham Palace from 9.00am.’

Read the full story on MailOnline here:

Protestors and royal fans gather on The Mall

Anti-monarchy protestors have started to line The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour today.

It comes as crowds arrive to support the Princess of Wales ahead of her first public appearance this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Protesters wave banners on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the public ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Ahead of today’s Trooping the Colour, we reminisce on the smiles, laughter and chaos of last year’s event.

Read the full story on MailOnline here:

Royal fans gather on The Mall

Decked out in British regalia, royal fans have been camping out close to Buckingham Palace in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the Princess of Wales.

Although the traditional ceremony officially begins after 10am, they have been waiting since early this morning.

One fan is even joined by a very special cardboard companion…

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Joseph Afrane ahead of the Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as King Charles III celebrates his official birthday. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If you don’t fancy facing the hordes of tourists and royal fans on The Mall today, MailOnline reveals how to watch Trooping the Colour from the comfort of your own sofa.

The parade will be broadcast live on the BBC.

Live coverage begins on BBC One from 10.30am running all the way through to 1.10pm.

If you are too busy to watch the event live, you will be able to catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Balcony at Buckingham Palace is prepared

The Princess of Wales will join other royals on Buckingham Palace’s balcony later today, and staff have been busy getting it ready this morning:

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526d) Preparations are carried out on the balcony ahead of Trooping The Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526a) Preparations are carried out on the balcony ahead of Trooping The Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Jones/Shutterstock (14539526d) Preparations are carried out on the balcony ahead of Trooping The Colour Trooping The Colour, London, UK - 15 Jun 2024

The Trooping the Colour ceremony takes place to celebrate the birthday of the reigning monarch in the UK and has been held every year for the past 260 years.

The popular event will attract big crowds, who will be seen waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

During the ceremony, King Charles will be greeted by a royal salute, before carrying out an inspection of the troops, who are fully trained and operational soldiers wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats.

Read the full story on MailOnline here:

Police patrol area ahead of Trooping the Colour

Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers have been deployed on the ceremonial route to ensure the safety and security of attendees:

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. Members of the Royal family attend Trooping The Colour ceremony in central London to mark the King Charles III's official Birthday. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. Police patrol in Westminster ahead of Trooping The Colour ceremony in central London to mark the King Charles III's official Birthday. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 15/06/2024. London, UK. Police patrol in Westminster ahead of Trooping The Colour ceremony in central London to mark the King Charles III's official Birthday. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP

The ceremony begins at 10am and lasts until around 1pm. The route is as follows:

  • The Princess of Wales will travel with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in a state carriage down the Mall and watch the parade from the Major General’s Office with the rest of the royal family.
  • The King will travel down The Mall from Buckingham Palace with an escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
  • Once the clock on Horse Guards strikes 11am the King will arrive to take the Royal Salute from the officers and men of the Household Division.
  • Following the salute, The King will go up and down the ranks, inspecting the troops.
  • The bands will then perform a musical ‘troop’ and the Regimental Colour will be escorted up and down the ranks of Guards.
  • The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past His Majesty, The King’s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery with their guns.
  • The King will head back to Buckingham Palace ahead of his guards before taking the salute in front of the Palace railings as the troops march past on their way to their barracks.
  • The ceremony is due to finish at 12.25pm.
  • The King joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast by the Royal Air Force at approximately 1pm.

The Royal Family, led by Prince William, will support Kate as she make her ‘significant’ return to public duties today. Read the full story on MailOnline:

What time is Trooping the Colour today?

Organisers have advised the public to stand on The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade from 9am.

The Trooping the Colour parade will start at 10am, with the RAF flypast at 1pm.

Met imposes ‘substantial’ policing operation

Scotland Yard has a ‘substantial’ policing operation for the event, with anti-monarchy group Republic allowed to protest but banned from using amplified sound.

In a post on X today, Republic said: ‘It’s a lovely sunny day (so far) for a protest! Join us, outside Buckingham Palace from 9.00am. #NotMyKing #AbolishTheMonarchy.’

Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers will be deployed on the ceremonial route to ensure the safety and security of attendees, with tens of thousands expected.

Royal fans began to gather on The Mall today ahead of Trooping the Colour. Read this morning’s top story on MailOnline about the procession and what to expect:

Welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage as the Princess of Wales is set to make her first public appearance this year, joining her family at Trooping the Colour.

Kate, who has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer since late February, will ride in a carriage alongside her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, for the traditional procession today.

Later, she is expected to gather with the King, the Prince of Wales and other royals on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the fly-past.

Stay with MailOnline throughout today for live updates.



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