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.
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.
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.
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.