Every year, on a Saturday in June, The Queen’s Official Birthday is celebrated in a ceremony of pageantry and music called The Queen’s Birthday Parade or more commonly known as ‘Trooping the Colour’.
The ceremony is an ancient Military custom in which a regiment would troop its respective colour (flag) around its troops so that in the confusion of battle, the troops would remember the flag’s markings to rally around in battle.
Nowadays, it is used every year as a way for troops of the Household Division (the 5 regiments of footguards who are both active servicemen and act as Guards at The Queen’s residences) to honour the sovereign. This year, on 15th June, the troops of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards have the singular honour of trooping their colour.
Each of the 5 regiments of footguards (with one exception) has as its Colonel, a member of the Royal Family. They’re listed and pictured below.
Four of the five colonels are expected to be on parade this year. Even though the Irish Guards are not present at the troop this year (except the Band of the Irish Guards in the massed band), Prince William will still ride on parade as Colonel Irish Guards.
The 4 colonels will be placed next to the saluting base where Her Majesty The Queen will sit.
Other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Duchess of Cambridge will watch the parade from the Duke of Wellington’s old office.
The Duke of Edinburgh will now not attend this year’s trooping due to being admitted to hospital.
This handy infographic we’ve produced points out the key areas of the parade.
The composition and movement of the parade is very easy and actually very logical. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to the parade.
Here is a list of fun facts about the traditions which accompany this magnificent parade.
photo credit: Jon’s pics via photopin cc
And Princess Anne? Why she also attend the parade?
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