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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is marking her official birthday with the annual Trooping the Color parade, a traditional display of British pageantry.

About 1,400 soldiers in ceremonial scarlet coats and bearskin hats march past the queen in a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in Westminster.

Royals taking part included Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife Kate, and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to visit Kings College, to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus, in central London on March 19, 2019 (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to Kings College, to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus, in central London on March 19, 2019 (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College London on March 19, 2019 in London, England to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College London to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits King’s College London on March 19, 2019 in London, England to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College London to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits King’s College London on March 19, 2019 in London, England to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits King’s College London on March 19, 2019 in London, England to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College London on March 19, 2019 in London, England to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College London on March 19, 2019 in London, England to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are met by (L-R) Lord Mayor of Westmnster, councillor Lindsay Hall, former British prime minister Sir John Major, president and principal of Kings College Professor Edward Byrne and chairman of council, Lord Geidt, on their arrival to visit Kings College, to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus, in central London on March 19, 2019 (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are met by (L-R) Lord Mayor of Westmnster, councillor Lindsay Hall, former British prime minister Sir John Major, president and principal of Kings College Professor Edward Byrne and chairman of council, Lord Geidt, on their arrival to visit Kings College, to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus, in central London on March 19, 2019 (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to Kings College, to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus, in central London on March 19, 2019 (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King’s College London to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

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Thousands of spectators have lined the parade ground and gathered in nearby St. James’s park to watch the spectacle.

The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle. The colors — or flags — were “trooped,” or carried down the lines of soldiers, so they could be seen and recognized in battle. The regimental flag being paraded this year is from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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