10 June 2015

Trooping the Colour: The Guards Brooch

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When the Queen arrives to survey the Welsh Guards at the annual Trooping the Colour festivities on June 13, the brooch she wears won't be a surprise to anyone. For the past 26 years, she's been wearing the same one: the Guards Brooch, which features the badges of the five Household regiments (the Coldstream Guards, the Grenadier Guards, the Irish Guards, the Scots Guards, and the Welsh Guards). The diamond brooch, which is surmounted by a crown, was likely made from a pendant given to the Queen's aunt, Princess Mary, in 1922.



The Queen stopped riding in her birthday parade in 1987. (Before that, she wore a military uniform to participate in the parade on horseback.) Since then, she's worn the Guards Brooch every single year -- with one particular exception. Here's a look at the Queen at Trooping the Colour over the past 28 Junes.





Trooping the Colour 2014



Trooping the Colour 2013



Trooping the Colour 2012



Trooping the Colour 2011



Trooping the Colour 2010



Trooping the Colour 2009



Trooping the Colour 2008



Trooping the Colour 2007




Trooping the Colour 2006



Trooping the Colour 2005



Trooping the Colour 2004



Trooping the Colour 2003



Trooping the Colour 2002



Trooping the Colour 2001



Trooping the Colour 2000



Trooping the Colour 1999



Trooping the Colour 1998



Trooping the Colour 1997



Trooping the Colour 1996



Trooping the Colour 1995



Trooping the Colour 1994



Trooping the Colour 1993



Trooping the Colour 1992



Trooping the Colour 1991



Trooping the Colour 1990



Trooping the Colour 1989



Trooping the Colour 1988
(Here's the exception! The Queen wore Queen Mary's Dorset Bow Brooch at Trooping in 1988.



Trooping the Colour 1987