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Letter: Queen’s birthday stirs wonderful memories

Queen’s birthday stirs wonderful memories

Watching Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom celebrate her 90th birthday brought back one of the most memorable days of my life.

As a 19-year-old non-commissioned officer in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, I had the privilege of being on the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in 1951.

Princess Elizabeth took the place of her father, King George VI, because he was too ill to take the salute. He passed away in 1952. This was my one and only Troop, now known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, and the queen has taken part in 65.

George T. John

Lance Cpl., Retired

1st Battalion Scots Guards