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Sikh soldier makes history at Queen’s birthday parade by wearing a turban

For the first time in history, a member of the Coldstream Guards took part in the parade wearing a turban

Sreyashi Mazumdar @Sreyashi27 11 June 2018, 12:20 PM
Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall at the trooping of the colour parade

Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall at the trooping of the colour parade Image: Twitter

The trooping of the colour parade witnessed a historical moment on Saturday when a Coldstream Guards soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall wore a turban during the event instead of the traditional bearskin hat. Lall is the first one from his regiment to sport a turban during the parade, which also marked the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

"I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history,” Lall told The Independent.

Lall's turban had the ceremonial cap star like the other soldiers who wore bearskin hats. The Sikh soldier joined the British army in 2016. He shifted to the UK from India when he was merely a year old. 

Lall feels proud of himself and hopes that the British army will support such religious inclusion in the future.

"It is a good feeling... there's going to be a lot of eyes and I am going to have an influence on other people," he was quoted as saying.

Lall has also been applauded on Twitter for his choice. 

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