A Sikh Guardsman Was The First To Wear A Turban At The Traditional 'Trooping the Colour' Event

The celebration is held annually in honor of the monarch's birthday.

One soldier is helping to update a 250-year-old British tradition by being the first to wear a Sikh turban instead of the black ceremonial hat for which the British regiments are known. Charanpreet Singh Lall was one of 1,000 soldiers participating in the Trooping the Colour ceremony held this weekend in celebration of the Queen's 92nd birthday. The guardsman from Leicester hopes that the moment encourages people of other religions and backgrounds to join the Army.


According to the BBC, Lall was born in India, and his family moved to the U.K. when he was a baby. He joined the Army in 2016. 

"It is a good feeling... there's going to be a lot of eyes and I am going to have an influence on other people," he told the Telegraph. 

The Trooping the Colour event was first introduced in the 18 century as a day to honor the official birthday of the monarch. It is held every year and features displays of military and equestrian drills and music. 

"I'm quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well," Lall told the BBC.
"For myself, being the first turban-wearing Sikh to troop the colour and to be part of the escort it is a really high honour for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well."

Cover image via Shutterstock / David Steele

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