Trooping the Colour “will be Duchess of Cambridge’s last appearance before baby birth”
Posted: 6 June 2013 5:18 pm Edited by: Royal Central
A report from Today magazine says that a Palace source has confirmed that the last public appearance of the Duchess of Cambridge will be on 15th June for The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour.
This means that the Duchess is now not expected to attend the Order of the Garter ceremony on 17th June of which Prince William is a Royal Knight.
The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in mid-July to the first direct heir to be born in over 30 years. Speculation about the baby’s gender and name has been rife for many months now, in fact since the announcement of the Duchess’s pregnancy from St James’s Palace.
The law was recently changed in the United Kingdom (and soon, all the Commonwealth Realms will have followed suit) meaning that the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will definitely become our Queen if it’s a girl and cannot be later overtaken in line to the throne by a younger brother.
The Cambridges are expected to be completing their move to Kensington Palace in the coming months. Whereas at the moment, the Duke and Duchess stay in temporary apartments at Kensington Palace, they are soon to move into apartment 1a, along with their staff who will move from St James’s Palace.
This year’s Trooping the Colour falls on 15th June and is celebrated as The Queen’s Official Birthday. During the occasion, the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will troop their colour in front of Her Majesty on Horseguards’ Parade whilst members of the Royal Family who are colonels of the 5 regiments of footguards will ride on horseback on parade.
The Royal Family arrive on the parade ground for 11am when the parade begins. Afterwards the whole extended Royal Family appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast.