Parade marks Queen Elizabeth's 71st (official) birthday
June 14, 1997
Web posted at: 11:38 p.m. EDT (0338 GMT)
(CNN) -- Riding in an open horse-drawn carriage, Queen
Elizabeth II celebrated her official birthday Saturday
in regal style.
Thousands cheered as the monarch rode along the
flag-bedecked mall between Buckingham
Palace and Horse Guards Parade in the heart of the
Whitehall government district.
With the queen were her 97-year-old mother, Elizabeth
the Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Prince Edward.
Marking the occasion were F Company Scots Guards who
performed the intricate Trooping the Color, a ceremony
that symbolizes the soldiers' loyalty.
With its odd mix of quick and slow marches and
maneuvers, the centuries-old march takes months of
preparation and hours of practice to master.
The queen turned 71 on April 21 but, according to
tradition, the public ceremony is conducted on the
second Saturday in June.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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