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Sikh soldier becomes first to wear turban for Trooping the Colour parade in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

A 22-year-old soldier today created history by becoming the first to wear a turban instead of a hat during an annual parade that marks the birthday of Britain's longest-reigning monarch

Guardsman Charanpreet marched among 1,000 British soldiers who took part in the Trooping the Colour parade.

His turban was black, matching his comrades' and featured the Coldstream Guards' ceremonial cap star.

"For myself, being the first turban-wearing to troop the colour and to be part of the escort it is a really high honour for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well," said Lall from Leicester, who came to the UK from as a boy.

"I'm quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well," he was qouted as saying by the

Lall said he expected it would encourage those from different religions and backgrounds to join the

"I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history," he said.

"I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the Army," said Lall who was born in and joined the in January 2016.

and his wife also joined other senior royals at the event.

It was the first time Meghan had attended the ceremony following her marriage to on May 19.

While 92-year-old celebrated her actual birthday on April 21, the Trooping of the Colour ceremony takes place on any Saturday of June.

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

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 19:25 IST