ENGLAND: A Sikh guardsman who made history by becoming the first soldier to wear a turban during the Trooping the Colour ceremony has told of his amazement at the reaction. Coldstream Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, from Leicester, was among 1,000 Coldstream, Grenadier and Scots guardsmen taking part in the ceremony to mark the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday.Interview requests from broadcast, print and online publications have flooded in and praise has come in via social media from across the world. The 22-year-old, who has been in the Coldstream Guards for just over two years is back in his home city for a few days, fitting spending time with family and friends around incessant media demands. The 6ft 3ins guardsman (“6ft 4ins with the turban”) said: “I thought it would be big, but I didn’t expect it to go viral and how big it’s gone. I keep getting messages from people saying how proud everyone is of me, everyone has been really supportive.“I had contact from people in Dubai, Australia, Canada, Japan and China, saying they are really proud of me and being able to watch something such as this happening, it is a change in history and I feel really proud I got to be the first one.”He is the only Sikh Coldstream Guardsman and believes he is the only one in any of the five Guards regiments.
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