One of the biggest days on the British monarchy’s calendar is the Trooping The Colour event which takes place on the second weekend in June each year to celebrate the Queen‘s birthday. Whilst her actual birthday is in April, the Trooping The Colour event is the official celebration and brings out all of the royal family’s senior members for the highly anticipated photo op on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.
Each year on this date, the Queen releases her annual Birthday Honours list and this year there were 1,057 people who will be honoured for their contribution to their industries as well as society and charities.
There were a few familiar names on this year’s list, including beauty maven Charlotte Tilbury who was named as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Jo Malone, who was named as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Keira Knightley, who will receive an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to drama over her 16-year career. Excitingly, actress Emma Thompson will be given a damehood.
The list was particularly momentous this year, given that the number of females included in the honours has risen to 41 per cent, up two per cent from last year.