Princess Anne Looked Incredibly Cool on Horseback at Trooping the Colour 2024

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Princess Anne on Horseback at TroopingMark Cuthbert - Getty Images

Princess Anne rode on horseback in today's Trooping the Colour parade.

The Princess Royal, in her role as Colonel of The Blues and Royals, wore the Full Mounted Ceremonial uniform of the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). Per Buckingham Palace, she carried "the Gold Stick, along with the Colonel of The Life Guards who is the Gold Stick-in-Waiting for this year’s parade." In addition, Anne wore aiguilettes, signifying her role as a Personal Aide-de-Camp to her brother, King Charles.

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Princess Anne salutes during the parade.Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Princess Anne, who competed in the equestrian events at the 1976 Olympics, was one of just three members of the royal family who rode on horseback at Trooping today, joining her brother Prince Edward and her nephew Prince William. Her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, rode in a carriage with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

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L-R: William, Edward, and Anne.Jonathan Brady - PA Images - Getty Images

At the coronation last year, Princess Anne also rode in the parade, serving in the ceremonial role of Gold Stick [in waiting]. Per the BBC, "The tradition of this role dates back to the 15th century, where two rods, one gold and one silver, would be placed by the monarch to protect them from danger. These roles are now only really used for such royal events, like the coronation, and is typically held by the Colonels of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals."

At the time, the Princess Royal said in an interview, "Gold Stick was the original close protection officer. So that is a role I was asked if I'd like to do for this coronation, so I said yes. Not least of all, it solves my dress problem."

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