Sikh soldier from Leicester will make history at Trooping the Colour parade

A Sikh soldier will today become the first to wear a turban during the Trooping the Colour parade.

About 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday, on Saturday.

Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, a Sikh from Leicester, said he hoped it was looked upon as a “new change in history”.

He said he expected it would encourage those from different religions and backgrounds to join the army.

His turban will be black to match his comrades’ headgear and feature the Coldstream Guards’ ceremonial cap star.

His proud parents and sister will be among the crowds lining Horse Guards Parade for the ceremony.

The soldier, who came to the UK from India as a boy, said: “Being the first turban-wearing Sikh to troop the colour and be part of the escort is a high honour for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well.“

Charanpreet Singh Lall, from Leicester, wearing a turban during a
Charanpreet Singh Lall, from Leicester, wearing a turban during a rehearsal for Trooping the Colour.

“My mum was crying on the day I passed out so I wonder what is going to happen to her when she sees me in this.”

Trooping the Colour has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years and also functions as a display of army drills, music and horsemanship.

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