Trooping the Colour was held today. It celebrates the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is an impressive display of pageantry. It is carried out by The Queen’s personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute. Since 1987, The Queen has attended in a carriage rather than riding, which she did before that on 36 occasions, riding side-saddle and wearing the uniform of the regiment whose Colour was being trooped. The regiments take their turn for this honour in strict rotation. This year the Irish Guards’ Colour was being trooped. The Regimental Mascot is the Irish Wolfhound, one of the most ancient dog breeds, who is looked after by a Drummer on parades. The Mascots are all named after High Kings and Legendary Chieftains of Ireland.