Why Prince Harry doesn't ride horseback during Trooping the Colour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending Trooping The Colour, Buckingham Palace, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Prince Harry during the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour. [Photo: PA]

Prince Harry was joined by wife Meghan as she made her first public appearance at Trooping the Colour, following the birth of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor last month.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a carriage with the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall as they made their way from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade.

The annual parade marks the Queen’s official birthday. Her Majesty actually turned 93 on April 21.

But why didn’t Harry, 34, join his father Prince Charles and brother William on horseback during the procession?

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The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge make their way from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday.
Prince Charles and Prince William make their way from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade on horseback [Photo: PA]

The duke does not ride on horseback during the parade because he does not hold the position of a royal colonel.

Prince Charles (Welsh Guards), Princess Anne (Blues and Royals), Prince Andrew (The Grenadier Guards) and Prince William (Irish Guards) ride on horseback for Trooping the Colour because they are colonels of the Household Division.

The Queen used to attend on horseback herself, but in recent years has travelled by carriage. She last rode on horseback in 1986.

Harry sported his Blues and Royals uniform with aiguilettes (gold grading on the shoulders). He served with the British Armed Forces for ten years, leaving his post in June 2015.

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Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex during Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during Trooping the Colour. [Photo: PA]

He and wife Meghan welcomed their first child on May 6. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 05:26 at The Portland Hospital.

The seventh in line to the throne made his debut to the world two days afterwards when Harry and Meghan held a brief photocall at Windsor Castle.

The duchess is expected to remain on maternity leave from royal duties until autumn, but may make appearances at formal events inbetween.