Trooping the Colour marks the diversity at the Buckingham Palace, Sikh soldier wore a black turban during the annual parade. Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, hopes the ignoring a traditional bearskin hat can help a “change in history”.
Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall became the first soldier who wears a turban instead of bearskin hat for Queen’s birthday. The 22-year-old guy came to the UK from India as a boy, and to be a part of the royal parade is a great honour for him. His proud parents and sister were among the crowds lining Horse Guards Parade for the ceremony. Mr Lall said:
“Being the first turban-wearing Sikh to troop the colour and be part of the escort is a high honour.”
A Coldstream Guards soldier has become the first to wear a turban during the Trooping the Colour parade. About 1,000 soldiers took part in the Queen’s official birthday parade, which takes place in June each year. For Lall, the parade in front of the royals was not only his first trooping the colour, but also marked the first time a member of the Coldstream Guards has taken part wearing a turban. The young soldier believes that turban moment definitely help a “change in history”. A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, he wore a black turban, featuring the ceremonial cap star to match the bearskin hats.
Turban instead of a bearskin hat breaks the rules of Trooping the Colour parade
Lall’s turban was black to match his comrades’ headgear and feature the Coldstream Guards’ ceremonial cap star.
According to the 22-year-old from Leicester, he hopes that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history.
“I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the Army,”
he explained to the Press Association.