Beating the Retreat - CHS Rentals
Beating the Retreat
by Cedric

On the successive evenings of Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June the annual ceremony of Beating the Retreat will take place on Horse Guards Parade in London. It precedes the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), which will take place on the 11th June.

These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park. The Massed Bands, Pipes and Drums and Corps of Drums of the Household Division, supported by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and visiting military bands from other services around the world perform a sunset concert involving precision drill, horses, cannons and fireworks in time with the music. Historically, on at least one evening, a senior member of the British Royal Family has attended and taken the salute.

Described as ‘truly spectacular’ and ‘London at its finest’ the Household Division Beating Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else in the world and is a not to be missed event. The concert raises money for the Household Division Charity, which provides improved welfare and opportunities to Household Division serving soldiers and veterans.

Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690s. Originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signalled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

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