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Trooping the Colour

Postby bjr » Sat May 17, 2008 5:19 pm

http://www.trooping-the-colour.co.uk/

The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment. In London, the Foot Guards used to do this from 1755 onwards as part of their daily Guard Mounting on Horse Guards and the ceremonial of the modern Trooping the Colour parade is along similar lines. In 1805 the parade was for the first time carried out to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday.

This impressive display of pageantry is now held on the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday. It takes place in June each year to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.

Since 1987, The Queen has attended in a carriage rather than riding, which she did before that on 36 occasions, riding side-saddle and wearing the uniform of the regiment whose Colour was being trooped. The regiments take their turn for this honour in strict rotation.

Over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one. Some 113 words of command are given by the Officer in Command of the Parade. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

Precisely as the clock on the Horse Guards Building strikes eleven, the Royal Procession arrives and The Queen takes the Royal Salute. The parade begins with the Inspection, The Queen driving slowly down the ranks of all eight Guards and then past the Household Cavalry. After the event, the Royal Family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch an RAF flypast.
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Re: Trooping the Colour

Postby Lumpy Leopard » Sat May 17, 2008 5:25 pm

So why do they still do it?
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Re: Trooping the Colour

Postby Lumpy Leopard » Sat May 17, 2008 5:36 pm

Sorry missed part of the post - it's a regimental thing to honour the Queen's birthday - I had only read that it was originally used to help troops identify their colours :oops:
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Re: Trooping the Colour

Postby Soldier » Sat May 17, 2008 7:38 pm

Lumpy Leopard wrote:So why do they still do it?



They do it for a very simple reason. Something the army is rather good at.

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