Trooping the Colour
This weekend The Queen’s birthday will be officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. This beautiful display will take place on Saturday 11th this year, with her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with The Queen attending herself and taking the salute.
This iconic event dates back to around 1700. During these early days of land warfare, vibrantly coloured-flags of a battalion, ‘colours’, were used as rallying points so they would be visible through the smog and dust of battle.
The streets will be lined with excited crowds waving flags as the parade travels from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again. In participation of Trooping the Colour will be over 1400 officers and men, two hundred horses, four hundred musicians from ten bands who will play as one.
During the ceremony, The Queen used to arrive on Horseback however in recent years she has travelled by carriage. Upon arrival Her Majesty is greeted by a Royal salute, she will then carry out an inspection of the troops, who will be wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats. After the military band’s performance, the regimental Colour, or flag, is processed down the ranks of soldiers. Over one hundred words of command are used by the Officer in Command of the Parade to direct the soldiers. Once the Foot Guards have marched past, The Queen will make her way back to the Buckingham Palace ahead of the soldiers before taking the salute again. Her Majesty is then joined by the rest of The Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony where together, they will watch the Royal Air Force fly past. A 41-gun salute is also fired in Green Park to mark the occasion.
There is still time to wish The Queen a happy birthday in The Queen’s Birthday Book here.