by Gill Chris
May 30 – The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), First Rehearsal
The Queen’s Birthday Parade is a colourful ceremony and parade with music, pageantry and the massed bands and troops of the Household Division to celebrate the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. The parade starts at 11.00am. and lasts approximately one hour. This is the first rehearsal with the Major General commanding the Household Division taking the salute.
The wonderful atmosphere of this uniquely British occasion make this an event not to be missed. Over 1400 officers and men are on parade along with 200 horses. Over 400 musicians from 10 bands and corps of drums march and play together. It is a real spectacle! The Parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again
Tickets (free) are available to the public by ballot – applications before 28 February 2015 . Click here for further ticket information. If you are not successful with your application for tickets, the procession can also be seen from The Mall; get there early to find a good spot! Events begin at approximately 10am.
More information about Trooping The Colour can be found here.
The event is well served by public transport so if you’re staying at any of our London vacation rentals it is easy to reach by tube or bus. Properties ref: EBY and VAU are a 10 or 20 minute walk away respectively.