“Trooping the Color” is an annual ceremony marking the queen’s official birthday, which takes place in June. The monarch’s actual birthday was on 21 April, when she turned 86.The ceremony originates from traditional battle preparations, when “colors”, which refer to military flags, were carried down the rank to be seen by soldiers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 ways to recognize low testosterone LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have attended a ceremony honoring her birthday.The parade of horses, soldiers and musicians called “Trooping the Color” is the first official event attended by Philip since he left the hospital last week, following treatment for a bladder infection.The royal couple rode in a vintage horse-drawn carriage for the parade in central London, where thousands of people turned out to watch the military spectacle.