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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as the Guards march past outside Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Colour, at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as Trooping the Color, an annual ceremony.
LONDON—Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday Saturday with traditional pomp and circumstance, followed by a visit to her husband in the hospital.

More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians took part in the parade known as "Trooping the Color," an annual ceremony marking the queen's official birthday.

With Prince Philip unable to attend the celebration as he is recovering from abdominal surgery, the queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to accompany her in a vintage carriage.

The monarch's actual birthday was on April 21, when she turned 87.

The "Trooping the Color" ceremony originates from traditional battle preparations, when "colors," which refer to military flags, were carried down the rank to be seen by soldiers.

Household Cavalry ride the Mall after the Trooping The Colour parade,  at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II
Household Cavalry ride the Mall after the Trooping The Colour parade, at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. Prince Philip remains in the hospital, recovering from exploratory abdominal surgery. The queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to accompany her in a vintage carriage. Other royals including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge joined in the celebration Saturday. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as Trooping the Color, an annual ceremony. ((AP Photo/Sang Tan))

Other royals—including Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge—also were on hand to celebrate on Saturday.

After the parade, the queen visited Philip at a private London hospital.


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Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, left, and Prince Edward, leave Buckingham Palace in a horse drawn carriage for the Trooping The Colour parade,
Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, left, and Prince Edward, leave Buckingham Palace in a horse drawn carriage for the Trooping The Colour parade, at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as Trooping the Color, an annual ceremony. ((AP Photo/Sang Tan))