Prince Harry and other members of the British royal family stepped out to show their support for the Queen on Wednesday afternoon.
In spite of the damp weather and intermittent rain, Harry, 29, attended the prestigious Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, London where the Queen was the star of the show.
Dressed in an elegant blue and white dress coat, Her Majesty, 88, beamed as she presented new standards to troops from the Household Cavalry”s Blues and Royals and Life Guards.
Prince Harry at the Horse Guards Parade
Her grandson Harry proudly watched from the side, standing next to Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent. Princess Anne, the Queen”s second child, was also seen taking part in the parade in full traditional uniform.
At the ceremony, the Queen paid tribute to her regiments who are best known for performing ceremonial duties.
“I have received so many complimentary remarks from visiting Heads of State, who have witnessed the excellence of your turnout and horsemanship at close quarters,” she said.
“A generation of soldiers has now served within the single Regiment while successfully maintaining the traditions and separate identities of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals.
“The values and ethos of the Household Cavalry as a whole are embedded within the fabric of these Standards which are emblazoned with the hard-won honours of the past.”
The Queen presented new standards to troops
The Queen had arrived at the ceremony with her husband Prince Philip, 92, who saluted at the start of the event.
Before the presentation, the royal couple were driven around the parade in their Bentley and had the weather been better, they would have opted for an open-top vehicle, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said.
After the highlight of the ceremony, members of the Household Cavalry rode past their Royal Highnesses on horseback.