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Beating RetreatBeating Retreat is a floodlit military music spectacular which takes place each year at the Horse Guards Parade. The mounted bands of two Household Cavalry Regiments and the massed bands of five Foot Guard Regiments join together with the Corps of Drums and the Foot Guards for a musical and military show. Dating back to the days when beating of drums marked a retreat at the end of the day, this is an event steeped in historic significance and the brightly polished uniforms and formation of soliders makes for a beautiful spectacle. Special guests include the Norwegian King's Guard with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh taking the salute on the 3rd June and HRH The Princess Royal performing the honours the following evening.

 

About Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade is the setting for various military ceremonies throughout the year including the Trooping the Colour which marks the Queen's official birthday. At the heart of Whitehall, it was the traditional entrance to the Royal Palaces and is still guarded by mounted sentries from the Queen's Household Cavalry. More about Horse Guards Parade


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