London, June 11: A 22-year-old Sikh soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall scripted history by becoming the first from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards to sport a turban instead of the traditional tall bearskin hat in Trooping the Colour ceremony, that marks the birthday of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
22-year-old Charanpreet Singh Lall from Leicester, marched among 1,000 British soldiers who took part in the Trooping the Colour parade, a military display of pomp and pageantry that dates back nearly 270 years.His turban was black, matching his comrades’ headgear and featured the Coldstream Guards’ ceremonial cap star.
“For myself, being the first turban-wearing Sikh to troop the colour and to be part of the escort it is a really high honour for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well,” said Lall from Leicester, who came to the UK from India as a boy.
Prince Harry and his new wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, joined other senior royals of the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony Saturday in London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday.
It was the first time Meghan had attended the ceremony following her marriage to Prince Harry on 19 May. While 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her actual birthday on 21 April, the Trooping of the Colour ceremony takes place on any Saturday of June.