An Indian‑born British Sikh from the Coldstream Guards has become the first soldier to wear a turban in the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark Queen Elzabeth II's birthday.
The army said the 22 year old Guardsman, Charanpreet Singh Lall, was upholding Sikh warrior traditions keeping their identity while wearing the queen's uniform.
Lall, from the city of Leicester in the East Midlands, told the BBC he hoped his appearance on Sunday in a specially made protective turban would be seen as a "new change in history" and encourage people from different religious and cultural backgrounds to join the army.
Similar protective turbans are already worn by some soldiers, police officers and other service personnel in Britain.
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