Looking for something to do this weekend? The annual Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) takes place this Saturday, 13th June. I thought I’d share a few photos from when I attended the parade on my first visit to London.
Trooping the Colour is fantastic military parade that dates back to the early eighteenth century. The Queen’s actual birthday is in April but the celebrations take place in June when its more likely that we’ll get good weather.
You can watch the parade along the Mall or from the edge of St James’s Park for free, and that’s exactly what I did on my first visit to London. It’s recommended that you arrive well before 10am to get a good view. Limited grandstand seating is available on Horse Guards Parade but this is highly sought after and tickets are only allocated by ballot.
The Queen travels down the Mall from Buckingham Palace, escorted by the Household Calvary (mounted troops or horse guards). After receiving a royal salute, she inspects her troops. The Foot Guards and Household Cavalry then perform their march past The Queen before she takes a carriage back to Buckingham Palace. Back in the day, The Queen would ride horseback instead of the carriage, which is something I would have loved to see! Once they’re arrived back at the palace, The Queen and other members of the Royal Family appear on the balcony for a photo op and to watch on as a RAF flypast thunders overhead.
You do have to wait around quite a bit, before the parade if you get there early and while the ceremony takes place on Horse Guards Parade. I filled the time by taking way too many photos of the guards that lined the mall.
But the highlight was getting to see The Queen! Luckily she made it back to Buckingham Palace before it started to pour with rain.
Kate Middleton is expected to attend Trooping the Colour this year, and while it seems unlikely that we’ll get to see Princess Charlotte during the festivities, I am hoping that her big brother George will make an appearance on the balcony for the first time.