Live coverage of the annual Trooping the Colour parade to mark the
official birthday of HM the Queen, from St James's Park in London.
Runtime: 150 minutes
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Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British
and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry
regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much
earlier. On battlefields, a regiment's colours, or flags, were used as
rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly
march with their colours between the soldiers' ranks to enable soldiers
to recognise their regiments' colours. Since 1748, Trooping the Colour
has also marked the official birthday of the British sovereign. It is
held in London annually on a Saturday in June on Horse Guards Parade by
St. James's Park, and coincides with the publication of the Birthday
Honours List. Among the audience are the Royal Family, invited guests,
ticket holders and the general public. The ceremony is broadcast live by
the BBC within the UK and is also shown in Germany and Belgium, and
since 2018, has been streamed online to viewers all over the world, via
the Time magazine YouTube channel and the Facebook page of the British
newspaper The Telegraph, with the Associated Press providing live video
coverage of the event. The Queen travels down the Mall from Buckingham
Palace in a royal procession with a sovereign's escort of Household
Cavalry (mounted troops or horse guards). After receiving a royal
salute, she inspects her troops of the Household Division, both foot
guards and horse guards, and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.
Each year, one of the foot-guards regiments is selected to troop its
colour through the ranks of guards. Then the entire Household Division
assembly conducts a march past the Queen, who receives a salute from the
saluting base. Parading with its guns, the King's Troop takes precedence
as the mounted troops perform a walk-march and trot-past. The music is
provided by the massed bands of the foot guards and the mounted Band of
the Household Cavalry, together with a Corps of Drums, and occasionally
pipers, totalling approximately 400 musicians. Returning to Buckingham
Palace, the Queen watches a further march-past from outside the gates.
Following a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop in Green Park, she leads
the Royal Family on to the palace balcony for a Royal Air Force flypast.
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A detail of guardsmen bearing marker flags marches on, to mark the
positions of Nos. 1-6 Guards. (These marker flags are the respective
company colours from each regiment.) Preceded by their regimental bands,
Nos. 1-6 Guards march into position. No. 1 Guard is “Escort for the
Colour.” Nos. 1-5 Guards align in two ranks on the west side of the
parade ground facing Horse Guards Building. No. 6 Guard lines up
perpendicular to them on the north side, thus making an “L” shape. The
massed bands are on the south side, by the gardens of 10 Downing Street.
Adjacent to No. 6 Guard is the Colour Party made up of 3 soldiers. A
snare drummer joins them in the march on. As the party takes its place
the drummer marches off and the colour's casing is removed, revealing
the colour to be trooped. The King's Troop, the Household Cavalry, and
their mounted band form up behind Nos. 1-5 Guards. With the foot guards
in their home service order and the mounted band in state dress uniform,
the assembled ranks of Household Division make a colourful spectacle.
Guards half-companies line up on the road to Horse Guards Parade to
provide security to the Royal Family that will arrive later and to the
marching and mounted contingents.
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