Trooping the Colour: The Queen smiles during Red Arrows flypast
Today is the Queen’s official birthday and, for the second year in a row, the celebrations will be much smaller than usual. Trooping the Colour will see a reduced parade in the grounds of Windsor Castle, rather than in central London, led by the Scots Guards. Last year, the event was cancelled due to a pandemic with a ceremonial tribute performed at Windsor by the Welsh Guardsman and band of the Household Division.
Usually, the second weekend of June is marked by a huge military parade near Buckingham Palace, attended by all the Royal Family, who famously appear on the balcony.
The parade has over 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians who walk down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade.
While another year without these large celebrations will be a disappointment to some, the Duchess of Cambridge has never been able to enjoy it as much as others.
This is because Kate has an allergy to horses, according to the Daily Mail.
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Kate has an allergy that may affect her enjoyment of Trooping the Colour
Kate, William and their son Louis during Trooping the Colour in 2019
She reportedly once told Australian author Kathy Lette this at a society polo match, after she was seen watching from a small tent in the corner of the field.
This means the couple of hundred horses that take part in the Queen’s birthday parade may result in an unpleasant allergic reaction for the Duchess.
During the 2011 Trooping the Colour, she was photographed on the Buckingham Palace balcony with her hands cupped over her face in what could have been a sneeze.
What’s more, Kate often rides in a horse-drawn carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, which means getting quite close to the horses.
Kate and Camilla in a horse-drawn carriage during Trooping the Colour in 2017
If Kate is allergic to horses, Trooping the Colour will not be the only occasion where she will run into trouble as a member of the Royal Family.
The royals are famously associated with the equestrian world, often riding horses, sitting in horse-drawn carriages, attending races or playing polo.
The Queen, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall famously love their horse-riding, while Prince Philip and Lady Louise Windsor enjoy the sport of carriage-driving.
Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry have all enjoyed playing polo over the years.
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Prince William and Prince Harry playing polo in 2019
The royals frequently attend events like Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Festival and the Royal Windsor Horse Show, as well as various polo matches.
They also have strong connections to the military, which often means horses will be there at official events.
For Kate, there must be no escape from the sheer number of events involving the animal.
Kate reportedly revealed her allergy to Ms Lette when she was sitting alone at a polo match in 2008 when Kate and William were dating.
Ms Lette asked: “Why don’t you come and join the rest of the party?” referring to the campaign reception in the marquee next door.
Kate apparently replied: “I’ve got to pay attention to every second. I’ll be discussing the game in minute detail later on.”
The writer said: “You can’t be having much fun here. Why don’t you play polo yourself?”
Kate then confessed: “I’m allergic to horses.”
The only royal who may share Kate’s less than enthusiastic feelings about horses was perhaps Princess Diana, who reportedly had a fear of the animals.
Nevertheless, she took riding lessons to try and fit in with the rest of the family, although she did end up having an affair with her riding instructor, Major James Hewitt.