Sikh Coldstream Guard Makes History at Queen’s Official Birthday Parade

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The Trooping the Colour parade which marks the Queen’s official birthday is underway in London and guess what, for the first time ever a member of the Coldstream Guards will take part wearing a turban.

More than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday as the nation honours the monarch.

Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall will be one of those soldiers however he will wear a turban instead of the bearskin traditionally worn at Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s official birthday parade.

The 22-year-old from Leicester told the Press Association: “I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history.

“I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the Army.”

A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the turban he will be wearing during Trooping the Colour will be black, featuring the ceremonial cap star to match the bearskin hats.

Gdsm Lall who joined the British Army in January 2016, was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK as a baby, said he is feeling “quite excited” ahead of the event.

“I’m quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well,” he said.

“It is a good feeling… there’s going to be a lot of eyes and I am going to have an influence on other people.”

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle where  colours, or flags, were carried, or “trooped”, down the ranks so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

In the 18th century, guards from the Royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to “troop the colours”, and in 1748 it was announced the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.

This year the ceremony, which is staged every June in London’s historic Horse Guards Parade, will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped.

 

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