In what looks like the rarest of the rare, for the first time in History, a soldier marched down the streets of London wearing a turban instead of the traditional bear skin hat that usually makes up the soldier’s uniform. Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22 year old Sikh, marched among 1,000 soldiers taking part in ‘Trooping the Colour’ ceremony marking the Queen's official birthday this year.
Lall, from Leicester, 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. I hope people will look on this as a change and more people like me, not just Sikhs, but people from other religions and backgrounds, will be encouraged to join the Army.”
Lall donned a black turban to match his comrades' headgear and feature the Coldstream Guards' ceremonial cap star, while his parents and sister cheered him from the crowds.