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A guide to the Royal Summer, 2015

With just a few weeks to go until the royal summer officially gets underway in the UK, we’ve compiled our annual guide to the events that will be going on during the summer ceremonial season in London, and around the UK, involving and concerning the Royal Family/British Monarchy.


25th April
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as well as the Duke of Cambridge will attend a service at the Cenotaph for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry are in Turkey to commemorate the occasion.

28th April
The Major General Commanding the Household Division (Major General Edward Smyth-Osborne) will inspect the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Charlton Park ahead of the start of the ceremonial season.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend the service for the Royal Victorian Order at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, followed by a reception. The Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra are also in attendance, among others.

30th April
The Queen will present new colours to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Windsor Castle. This year marks the centenary of the regiment, which will also be trooping its colour in June at the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

2nd May
The Queen will attend the Amalgamation Parade of The Queen’s Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers to form the Royal Lancers at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire. The Queen is colonel-in-chief of the Queen’s Royal Lancers.

The Duke of Kent, meanwhile, will present new colours to the 5th Battalion Royal Fusiliers at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.

10th May
70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. There will be a service at Westminster Abbey attended by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family marking the occasion. It will be followed by a military parade including past and present servicemen accompanied by military bands.

15th May
First guard mount from Horse Guards – where the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is extended to encompass a rehearsal for The Queen’s Birthday Parade from Horse Guards Parade. The ceremony can be viewed mostly from Horse Guards Parade and the guard which will form The Queen’s Guard will march down along with a band to the Palace to perform the guard change.

17th May
Grenadier Guards Regimental Remembrance Day (Black Sunday) – the Grenadier Guards will take part in a ceremony starting and ending at Wellington Barracks. The regiment will march to Horse Guards Parade with bands and will lay wreathes at the Guards Memorial. Prince Philip, as the regiment’s colonel, is expected to be in attendance.

18th May
Second guard mount from Horse Guards.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Chelsea Flower show.

20th May
Third guard mount from Horse Guards.

Round Tower at Windsor Castle

25th May
The Duke of Gloucester will chair a Grand Council meeting and later hold a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for the Order of St John.

26th May
Fourth guard mount from Horse Guards.

27th May
The State Opening of Parliament. The Queen will officially open a new session of the new Parliament following the election, travelling to the Palace of Westminster for the colourful occasion. The Duke of Edinburgh will accompany her and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are expected to join her. It will be broadcast on BBC 1, as usual.

There will also be gun salutes in London marking the occasion.

30th May
The Major-General’s review of Trooping the Colour will take place. This is one of two full-scale rehearsals for The Queen’s Birthday Parade held on the two Saturday’s before the parade itself. The salute will be taken by Major General Edward Smyth-Osborne.

2nd June
The 62nd anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen. Will be marked with gun salutes across the country including 62-guns at the Tower of London at 1pm and 41-guns in Hyde Park at 12 noon.

6th June
The Colonel’s Review of Trooping the Colour will take place. The salute will be taken by the Prince of Wales who is the colonel of the Welsh Guards – the regiment which will troop its colour in front of The Queen during the birthday parade itself. It is the last full-scale rehearsal before the big event.

9th June
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Gurkha 200 Reception and Pageant at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, marking 200 years of the contribution of the Nepalese Gurkhas to the Crown and British Army.

10th June
The 94th birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The occasion will be marked with gun salutes across the country including at 1pm at the Tower of London (62-guns) and 12 noon in Hyde Park (41-guns) and the national anthem played on BBC Radio 4 and 2 at 7am and 8am respectively.

10th and 11th June

The Household Division’s Beating Retreat will take place in the evening (8.30pm) on Horse Guards Parade.

11th June
The Queen will present new colours to the Royal Welsh regiment at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. She’s colonel-in-chief of the regiment.9457389365_6f9dba8c25_b

13th June
The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour will take place on Horse Guards Parade at 10.30am in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. The ceremony, which will be broadcast on BBC television, will be followed by gun salutes in Green Park and across the country and a balcony appearance and flypast at 1pm. 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards are trooping their colour this year as it’s their 100th anniversary – the Prince of Wales is the Colonel of the Regiment.

This will be the last Troop and last day of the Garrison Sergeant Major WO1 Billy Mott after 13 years in the post. He’ll be succeeded by WO1 Andrew ‘Vern’ Stokes, whose first event will be the Garter Service in Windsor.

15th June
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit Runnymede to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

The annual service for the Order of the Garter will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle where The Queen, members of the Royal Family and knights and ladies of the Order of the Garter will attend a service, lunch and observe the investiture of any new knights/ladies into the order in the Garter Throne Room of Windsor Castle.

Today also marks the start of Ascot week, The Queen will spend the week in residence at Windsor Castle and will attend Royal Ascot.

18th June
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The Earl of Wessex and other royals will attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the anniversary.

24th-26th June
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will make a State Visit to Germany.

27th June
Today is Armed Forces day. Members of the Royal Family will attend ceremonies and parades around the country marking the occasion.

29th June
The Queen will arrive in Scotland to begin what’s known as Holyrood Week, where Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will take up residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) and perform a week of engagements in Scotland. Her Majesty will be received at the Palace with the Ceremony of the Keys where the Lord Provost of Edinburgh presents her with the keys to ‘her ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland’.

This calendar will be updated if and when more events are announced/confirmed.

photo credit: Number 10UK Ministry of Defence, Martin/Royal Central

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