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A SIKH soldier on June 9, became the first to wear a turban instead of a ­bearskin hat during the Trooping the Colour.

Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall from Leicester, 22, marched among 1,000 soldiers taking part in the ceremony to mark the Queen’s birthday.

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Lall, came to the UK from India as a boy and joined the Army in 2016.

His turban was black to match his comrades’ headgear and feature the Coldstream Guards’ ceremonial cap star.

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Speaking to The Sun he 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 in history.

I hope more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, will be encouraged to join the Army.

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As reported by the BBC, Charanpreet spoke of his honour to be taking part in the historic event:

I’m quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well.

For myself, being the first turban-wearing Sikh 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.

My mum was crying on the day I passed out so I wonder what is going to happen to her when she sees me in this.

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