Trooping the Colour

The biggest royal event of the year

Attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Trooping the Colour military parade and march-past is the biggest royal event of the year. It's held every June in central London to mark the Queen's official birthday, which this year falls on Saturday 12 June 2010.

Over 1400 officers and guards are on parade, together with 200 horses, over 400 musicians from 10 bands and groups of drummers marching and playing in unison with the Queen herself attending to take the salute. The parade route goes from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

This unique tradition dates back to the 17th century when the Colours (the flag of a regiment) were passed in front of the soldiers before battle to make sure they recognised the colours of their regiment.

Today, the Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade is stunning display of pageantry and heritage. At precisely 11am when the Horse Guards Building strikes the hour, the Royal Procession arrives and The Queen takes the Royal Salute.

The parade begins with the Inspection where the Queen goes slowly down the ranks of all 8 Guards and then past the Household Cavalry. At the end of the event, the Royal Family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a dramatic RAF flypast.

You need to apply for tickets in advance in order to attend the event and demand is high so they are allocated via a ballot process. There are 2 rehearsals of the Trooping the Colour the on the 2 Saturdays before the main event, which can also be attended by the public, but again, tickets need to be applied for in advance.

For more information and to apply for tickets visit: Trooping the Colour 2010.

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