What is Trooping the Colour?
|Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in one of the Trooping the Colour ceremonies. |
Trooping the Colour remains one of the most popular and most anticipated events in Great Britain. The ceremony is not only a showcase of the regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies, which dates back to the time when the British Armed Forces are the mightiest in the world, it also marks the of the British Sovereign’s official birthday. Since the reign of King George II, the official birthday of the Sovereign has been marked by Trooping the Color. It is held in London in June every year during the Horse Guards Parade by St. James's Park. It also coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. Members of the British Royal Family never fail to witness the events, who are joined by guests, ticketholders and the general public.
The ceremony begins with the royal procession, where the monarch travels down from Buckingham Palace to The Mall escorted by Household Cavalry. The Queen is given a royal salute after which she begins to inspect her troops of the Household Division consisting of foot guards and horse guards. The King's Troop and Royal Horse Artillery are also inspected by Her Majesty. A foot-guard is chosen to troop its colour through the ranks of guards.
After inspecting her troops, the sovereign would return to Buckingham Palace and watches a further march-past from outside the gates. A 41-gun salute by the King's Troop in Green Park is then fired. The Royal Family then gathers on to the palace balcony where the Royal Air Force perform the flypast.
Let us take a little trip back in time and check out the spectacle that was the Trooping the Colour in the years past.
|Image: J. Russell & Sons/Picssr.com|
|Trooping the Colour official website|
|Times of Malta|
|Corbis via Welsh Guards Reunited|
|Alpha-Karwal Tang via Daily Mail|