One Of Princess Diana's First Royal Appearances Became A Dark Day For The Royal Family

By Ryan Unger

As extravagant as Royal Family events normally are, few are as lavish as the Trooping the Color ceremony. Thousands of people flock to England every year to witness a huge parade put on by the British and Commonwealth armies. One of the most notable ceremonies was the year Princess Diana joined in the festivities — but not for reasons you might think. Her appearance contributed to a dark day for the family.

Princess Diana Prepares

It was 1981 when Princess Diana prepared herself for her very first Trooping the Color ceremony. Nervous as she was to stroll through such enthusiastic fans, she knew people thought fondly of her.

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Drawn To Her Demeanor

One of the reasons people were drawn to her demeanor was because she was different from other royals. She seemed more laid back and less prone to the royal family's rigid way of life. She would be an interesting contrast to the event.

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The Majestic Royal Palace

As was tradition, this Trooping ceremony would take place at Buckingham Palace, which is the kind of place you can't help but stop and stare at when you pass by. All eyes would be on the princess.

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Trooping The Color

Few events are as intricately organized and historically important as Trooping the Color. The tradition started way back with King George II, who merged his birthday celebration with a massive military procession during the summer season.

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People Flock From All Over

People flock from all over the world for a chance to see this epic scene unfold up and down the streets near Buckingham Palace. And, as you can imagine, at the forefront of the entire procession is the Queen.

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Presence Of The Queen

Back in her heyday, the Queen came out on horseback after a thorough inspection of all of the 1,000 soldiers ready to march. But, it's not just soldiers on foot that join in the event.

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