You don’t have to be an expert on the lives of the British royal family, or an avid The Crown watcher, to know that traditions and protocols are a big deal with the monarchs. There are mandates for acceptable manicures for the royals and they can’t play Monopoly (true story!).
As it turns out, the Queen herself might be taking a break from tradition this Platinum Jubilee Weekend by ditching the royal carriage in favour of a Range Rover.
Each year in June, the English celebrate ‘Trooping the Colour’, to mark the official birthday of the British Sovereign since 1784. They recreate the march of a regiment on the battlefield with 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians. The Queen used to attend on a horseback but in recent years, she had started travelling by carriage. The Telegraph reports that this year, however, the 96-year-old monarch will make the journey from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade by a Range Rover for “speed and comfort”.
This news comes after much speculations about whether or not the Queen would attend the celebrations as news of her feeling under the weather had surfaced recently. The Royal Office was also forced to cancel a string of engagements since pulling out of the Remembrance Service last November after the Queen, reportedly, strained her back. According to a source, the ‘Range Rover plan’ is one of several contingency plans in case the Queen is not feeling well on the day of the march.
The other members of the royal family, barring Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who might not attend the celebrations at all, would travel by the carriage as per tradition, while Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne would be expected to take part in the ceremony on horseback.