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Trooping the ColourA vibrant display of ceremony and military history, Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, marks the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April). It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory, at least - under the Queen's control. Hundreds of well-disciplined soldiers in full dress uniform march past at the Horse Guards Parade, and a different Battalion gives the Royal Salute each year, all accompanied by stirring military music from the massed bands. On the same day, a 41-Gun Royal Salute takes place in Green Park at 12.52pm and there's a 62-Gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. But if you want to avoid the crush at the Mall, you can see the Horse Guards practicing for the grand parade at two smaller rehearsals in the days leading up to the grand event - namely the Major General's Review on the Saturday before and the Colonel's Review on the Saturday two weeks before the Trooping of the Colour.

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The Ballot for tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade opens in January and closes in February. Applications should be made in writing, during January and February only, enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Brigade Major, HQ Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX.

 

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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Charing Cross Tube Station
 
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The Rifles Sounding Retreat On Horse GuardsThe Rifles Sounding Retreat On Horse GuardsAn evening of both music and history, celebrating Riflemen, past and present, as well as the heritage of the Regiment. Those performing will include officers and soldiers, who will have seen active service both in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past nine years.2016-06-01T20:00:00+01002016-06-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Horse Guards Parade,   Whitehall      SW1A 2AX
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The Rifles Sounding Retreat On Horse Guards
Beating RetreatBeating Retreat A fabulous floodlit evening of military music with fireworks including the ceremony of Beating Retreat in which a drum was used to order troops to break off fighting, a tradition dating back to the reign of James II. The Queen usually attends one of t hese annual concerts performed on Horse Guards Parade , set against the beautiful backdro2016-06-08T00:00:00+01002016-06-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Horse Guards Parade,   Whitehall      SW1A 2AX
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event > Kids Events
PRICING  From £15
DATES  Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June 2016
VENUE  Horse Guards Parade 
A fabulous floodlit evening of military music with fireworks including the ceremony of Beating Retreat in which a drum was used to order troops to break off fighting, a tradition dating back to the reign of James II. The Queen usually attends one of t hese annual concerts performed on Horse Guards Parade , set against the beautiful backdro... More about this event
Trooping the ColourTrooping the ColourTrooping the ColourA vibrant display of ceremony and military history, Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, marks the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April). It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory, at l2016-06-11T00:00:00+01002016-06-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Horse Guards Parade,   Whitehall      SW1A 2AX
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PRICING  Free to watch from the Mall
DATES  Saturday 11th June 2016
VENUE  Horse Guards Parade 
A vibrant display of ceremony and military history, Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, marks the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April). It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory, at l... More about this event
 
 

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