Experience Trooping The Colour on 11th June
Don’t Miss This Impressive Exhibition Of Royal Tradition
Mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with the traditional military parade, Trooping the Colour.
On Saturday 11 June, the official birthday of the Queen will be marked with the traditional military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Colour. If you’re planning a trip to London during June, it’s worth making time on your itinerary to witness this unique and impressive ceremony.
Taking place in June every year, Trooping the Colour has grown out of two military ceremonies – Trooping the Colour and Mounting The Queen’s Guard. The roots of the ceremony can be traced back to the early eighteenth century when the Royal Palace guards and sentries were mounted daily on the parade ground and the colours of the battalion were carried down the ranks.
In 1748, it was decreed that the parade would mark the official birthday of the reigning monarch and, since the accession of George IV, the Trooping the Colour has, with just a few exceptions, been an annual event.
The ceremony begins with the Queen being greeted by a Royal Salute as she carries out a personal inspection of the troops of the Household Division. The battalion flag (the ‘Colour’) is then slowly carried (or ‘Trooped) down the ranks of soldiers. This was traditionally done prior to a battle so that each soldier was familiar with his battalion’s flag. The five Household Regiments – Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards – take it in turns each year to troop their own colour.
The Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry, the King’s Troop and the Royal Horse Artillery all proceed in formation past the Queen, before she rides back to Buckingham Palace in a carriage. The ceremony ends with a fly-past by the Royal Air Force as the Queen and other members of the Royal Family gather on the palace balcony.
It truly is a remarkable spectacle with over 1400 officers and men, 200 horses and more than 400 musicians taking part in the parade. It’s a ceremony that the Queen is intimately familiar with, having first appeared in the parade in 1947 when she was still Princess Elizabeth.
Trooping the Colour is famous throughout the world and, on 11 June, the large crowds on The Mall will be joined by a worldwide television audience of millions.
Where To Watch
The 2016 Trooping the Colour will take place on Saturday 11 June, beginning at around 10am. The best places to view the procession are along The Mall and along the edge of St James’s Park facing Horse Guards Parade. There are some seated stands around Horse Guards Parade but tickets for these have already been allocated following a ballot earlier this year.
For those who can’t make it to the parade in person, the event will also be available to view live on television, ensuring that people around the world can witness this fascinating exhibition of Royal tradition and ceremony.
Trooping the Colour is a hugely popular event which attracts large crowds of people. With this in mind, it makes sense to plan ahead – try to find a hotel as close to the parade site as possible and, if you do have to stay further out, make sure to map out your travel route beforehand to ensure you arrive in plenty of time for the festivities.
And, of course, don’t forget your travel insurance. You may think you don’t need a travel insurance policy for a staycation, but our UK travel insurance covers you against cancellations, as well as theft or damage to your personal property.
Having these precautions in place will give you peace of mind, enabling you to truly enjoy this remarkable exhibition of British tradition.