Trooping the Colour 2012

Today was Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday. As usual, the balcony at Buckingham Palace was absolutely lousy with royals.

The Queen’s Family

The Queen, Prince Philip (back from the hospital after a bladder infection took him out for a week), the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor were all there.

The Gloucesters

It was a weak Gloucester showing as only the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and their son-in-law Gary Lewis (the husband of Lady Davina, who I have not yet spotted in any pictures) showed up.

The Kents

Luckily the Kents made up for the poor showing from their cousins by coming en masse. The Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Earl and Countess of St. Andrews; Edward, Lord Downpatrick; Lady Amelia Windsor, Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, Albert Windsor, Lady Helen and Timothy Taylor, Columbus Taylor, Cassius Taylor, Eloise Taylor, Estella Taylor, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Zenouska Mowatt, Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor all attended.

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) and Prince Harry travel to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Prince Harry leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and the Prince of Wales (R) leave Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L), the Prince of Wales (2L), the Duke of Kent (2R) and Princess Anne (R) leave Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace on a horse drawn carriage for the Trooping The Colour at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Britain's Princess Beatrice, left, and Princess Eugenie leaves Buckingham Palace on a horse drawn carriage for the Trooping The Colour at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Britain's Princess Beatrice (L) and Princess Eugenie travel to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Prince Harry leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

Britain's Prince Philip leaves Horse Guards Parade following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves Horse Guards Parade following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II holds on to her hat as she and Prince Philip take a salute as the Guards march pass outside Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Colour at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Briain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, center, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince Harry travel on a horse drawn carriage back to Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Colour at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Prince Harry (L), the Duchess of Cornwall (C) and the Duchess of Cambridge (R) return to Buckingham Palace following the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Sophie Winkleman

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II gestures as it begins to rain, as she accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony and the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

Britain's Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth (R) watch the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Britain's Prince William (L) and Prince Charles arrive on horseback for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II gestures as she stands with other members of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

Queen Elizabeth II (CL) and Prince Philip (CR) stand with other members of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

From left to right: Princess Alexandra, Zenouska Mowatt, Lady Frederick, Lady Gabriella, Columbus Taylor, Prince Michael, Gary Lewis, Princess Michael, Prince Andrew, Sophie, Camilla, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, the Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Timothy Laurence, Lady Louise, Catherine, Prince William, Princess Eugenie, Prince Harry, Albert Windsor, Princess Beatrice, Lady Nicholas, Lady Helen, Estella Taylor, Lord Nicholas, Lady Amelia, Eloise Taylor, the Duchess of Kent, George (the Earl of St. Andrews), Sylvana (the Countess of St. Andrews) and Edward, Lord Downpatrick.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony and the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, stand outside Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony after the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) looks on as her husband Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, (4R) speaks with Prince William (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd R) with Prince Harry (5th R) and Princess Beatrice (3rd R) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, center, watch a Royal Air Force fly pass with their family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Colour at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Britain's Princess Anne (R) watches the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are joined by members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony and the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Lady Louise Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony and the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Prince William Duke Of Cambridge attends the Trooping Of The Colour at Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England.

Britain's Prince Charles watches the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Prince Phillip Duke Of Edinburgh attends the Trooping Of The Colour at Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Prince Harry attends the Trooping Of The Colour at Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England.

Members of Britain's Royal family watch a flypast by the Red Arrows as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II (L), Prince Philip (2L), Lady Louise Windsor (2R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) stand on Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, (L) and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (R) return to Buckingham Palace following the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April.

From left to right: Princess Beatrice, Estella Taylor, Lady Helen Taylor, Zenouska Mowatt, Eloise Taylor, Lady Amelia Windsor, Lady Nicholas Windsor, the Duchess of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Countess of St. Andrews and the Lord Nicholas Windsor.

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travels to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Princess Anne, Princess Royal attend the Trooping Of The Colour at Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Princess Beatrice stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Princess Eugenie stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, stands on the balcony of Buckingham after the Trooping the Colour ceremony after the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England. The annual ceremony, made up of more than 600 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspects guardsmen during the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

Members of Britain's Royal family (L-R)  Prince Philip, Tim Lawrence, Louise Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.

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