Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with the nation. This year, the 17th of June has been set as the date for the royal parade that will mark the Queen’s 91st birthday. The parade is a royal extravaganza.
Royal Birthdays Are Celebrated Twice
The Queen celebrates two birthdays. Yes, the Queen’s original birthday is in April but this is the official birthday that is celebrated in the honour of the Queen every year. This tradition of celebrating two birthdays was started by George II back in 1748. His birthday was in November, and to avoid the parade in bad weather, he decided to move the celebrations to summer. Since then, the monarch’s birthday is celebrated in summer. We wrote about this on the queen’s actual birthday, here.
Queen’s Birthday Parade: What to Expect
The event will start around 10am. You can enjoy it on the streets of London (free of charge) or watch it streamed live on BBC (and for sure, social media).
Here are instructions of where to wait for the best view of the parade:
“Members of the public wishing to watch are advised to stand on The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards (their view may be somewhat obscured by troops in this position) from 9.00am. The best public vantage points are indicated on the map with black dotted lines. Events begin at approximately 10.00am, with the fly-past at 1.00pm.” – The Household Division
Tickets for Horse Guards Parade
Tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade are allocated by ballot, however, you would have had to apply by February. Read more about it here.
So, your best bet is to be standing The Mall or switch on the TV to watch the Queen’s Birthday this year. Mark the calendar for Saturday, 17th June 2017. Don’t forget to share with us your images and we’ll feature them on our social channels.