As numerous members of the British Royal family hold military rank, today’s Trooping the Colour always sees several military hats worn, some of which we do not see worn at other times of the year. Some of you have contacted me wondering if we could take a specific look at these military hats- here we go!
Bearskin hats have a long history with the British Army and while they are somewhat controversial today, they have long been a part of royal tradition for this event. The Duke of Edinburgh, who no longer rides in the parade, was dressed in the scarlet dress tunic and bearskin hat with white plume of the Grenadier Guards of which he is Colonel.
The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, wore a scarlet tunic and bearskin hat with the striped green and white plume associated with this regiment.
The Duke of Cambridge is Colonel of the Irish Guards and his bearskin hat holds the bright blue plume of this regiment.
The Duke of Kent, shown below to the left of the Queen, was in the scarlet dress tunic and hat of the Scottish Guards who wear their hats with no plume.
Princess Anne, as Colonel of the Blues and Royals, wore the distinctive red plumed hat hat of this regiment.
Prince Harry joined in on today’s celebration in the uniform and cap in his rank as Captain of The Blues and Royals.
Finally, the Earl of Wessex wore the uniform of the Royal Colonel of The London Scottish Regiment which includes a kilt and black feather trimmed cap.
While the Duke of York holds the rank of Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy, he chose to attend this parade in morning dress, as in past years. I believe that Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence only appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony, where military hats are not worn.
We have a lot more British royal hats to get through today- stay tuned!
Photos from Getty as indicated