Trooping of the Colour

Queen's Birthday Parade

Trooping of the Colour is known as the Queen's Birthday Parade. Typically held the second Tuesday of June, it will take place Saturday, June 17th this year due to Prince Philip's birthday on June 10th.

This is when Her Majesty inspects soldiers from the Household Division. While the actual event takes place in Horse Guards by invitation only, the general public can catch a glimpse of the Royal family on The Mall or the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Leading up to the event, there are full dress rehearsals (The Major General's and Colonel's Review) on two Saturdays before the official Parade. For the first time, Prince William participated in The Colonel's Review as part of his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards.

During the official parade, the Queen will wave to crowds on The Mall on her way to Horse Guards Parade across from St James Park from her carriage. Her Majesty will also return via the same route to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace along with other members of the royal family. For the best view of the Queen en route, plan on being on the left shoulder side Queen Victoria statue.

The elaborate parade of 1,400 soldiers and 400 musicians is carefully timed as follows:

10:00 am - Individual guards regiments start marching to Horseguards Parade
10:45 am - Queen leaves Buckingham Palace escorted by Household Calvary
11:00 am - Royal Procession arrives at Horseguards Parade and Queen takes royal salute
12:15 pm - Ceremony ends and all march back to Buckingham Palace together
1:00 pm - Fly pass by RAFT Red Arrow jets and 41 gun salute by the Royal Horse Artillery

Tickets for the Major General's Review, Colonel's Review and Trooping of the Colour are available by lottery. If you are unsuccessful with securing tickets ahead of time, arrive early to get the best position.

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