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NRI Sikh Soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall, Makes History Wearing Turban For Trooping The Colour Ceremony In UK

March ceremony in London to mark Queen Elizabeth ll's official birthday

London, June 10, 2018 Santosh Kumari//Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh

Charanpreet Singh Lall, Sikh soldier, became the first from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards to sport a turban instead of the traditional tall bearskin hat in Trooping the Colour, in a spectacular ceremony in London to mark Queen Elizabeth ll's official birthday. This is an impressive military display of pomp and pageantry that dates back nearly 270 years.

Lall says it was an honor to take part in the ceremony marking Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday.

"I have never been made to feel different or left out," Lall told The Telegraph. "My family say I should be proud for them and the whole NRI community."
“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 continued to the BBC. “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.”

A defense press officer said he believes the first to wear a turban was in 2012. "It would not be a vast number between 2012 and 2018," the spokesman said.
"What I can tell you is that he is the first Coldstream Guardsman to wear a turban during the Queen's birthday parade," he said.

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  • Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, from Leicester, England,  joined the British Army in January 2016 and is a signaler in his Company headquarters.
  • Lall was born in Punjab, India and moved to the U.K. as an infant.
  • He said his mom “was crying on the day” he joined the ranks and feels “quite proud” to be changing royal trajectory.