The Colour

The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment. In London, the Foot Guards used to do this as part of their daily Guard Mounting on Horse Guards and the ceremonial of the modern Trooping the Colour parade is along similar lines. The first traceable mention of The Sovereign's Birthday being 'kept' by the Grenadier Guards is in 1748 and again, after George III became King in 1760, it was ordered that parades should mark the King's Birthday. From the accession of George IV they became, with a few exceptions and notably the two World Wars, an annual event.

Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards ParadeThis impressive display of pageantry is now held on the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday. It takes place in June each year to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.

Since 1987, The Queen has attended in a carriage rather than riding, which she did before that on 36 occasions, riding side-saddle and wearing the uniform of the regiment whose Colour was being trooped. The regiments take their turn for this honour in rotation as operational commitments permit.

Over 1000 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over two hundred musicians from six bands and corps of drums march and play as one. Some 113 words of command are given by the Officer in Command of the Parade. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

Precisely as the clock on the Horse Guards Building strikes eleven, the Royal Procession arrives and The Queen takes the Royal Salute. The parade begins with the Inspection, The Queen driving slowly down the ranks of all six Guards and then past the Household Cavalry. After the event, the Royal Family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch an RAF flypast.

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Overview video clip of Trooping the Colour from the perspective of the Ensign

 

   

H.M. The Queen's Birthday Parade 
will be held on Saturday 9th June 2018
on Horse Guards Parade.

The Colour will be trooped by
1st. Battalion Coldstream Guards

See below for more information


Tickets for the Colonel's Review and the Major General's Review
are still available for sale but applications into
The Queen's Birthday Parade ballot have now closed.

Go to qbp.army.mod.uk to purchase tickets for the Reviews.


Reviews and Prices:

There are two reviews prior to the Queen's Birthday Parade:

Major General B. J. Bathurst CBE, General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division, will take the salute at
The Major General's Review on Saturday 26th May 2018
and
Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall, Regimental Colonel, Coldstream Guards will take the salute at
The Colonel’s Review on Saturday 2nd June 2018

Ticket prices:
5.00 each for The Major General's Review
10.00 each for The Colonel's Review

Children must be in possession of a ticket.
There are limited wheelchair spaces for all the parades. Separate applications are required for this facility.
No refund can be given if the events are cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the organiser.

Dress Code:
The Queen's Birthday Parade
: Morning Dress, Lounge Dress, Lounge Suit or Jacket and Trousers, equivalent for the ladies (no denim). Military personnel may wear Ceremonial Day or other Service equivalent.
Colonel's Review: Lounge Suit or Jacket and Trousers, equivalent for the ladies (no denim).
Major General's Review: Smart Casual (no denim).
Hats are optional but recommended in the case of hot weather. 

NON COMPLIANCE WITH THE DRESS CODE MAY RESULT IN REFUSAL OF ENTRY.

The processions can also be viewed from The Mall. Events begin at approximately 10am.
The Queen's Birthday Parade is also broadcast live on BBC Television in the UK with the fly-past at 1pm.

 

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May 2018 Schedule


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