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Monday, 13 June 2016

Trooping of the Colour

I was away again this weekend, a belated birthday celebration with the family so I missed all the celebrations in London for the Queen's official birthday.

Knowing I would be away I went into London a week ago to watch the rehearsal for the Trooping of the colour. All the flags were out on The Mall.

Invited guests only on Horse Guards Parade.

I spotted the drivers of the carriages having a break and a cup of tea.

Met Tommy, a Chelsea Pensioner, who is a mere 95 yrs old. We were chatting for ages as we waited for the guards to return along the Mall.
The Guards were all inspected

The distance between each guard was carefully measured

Their uniforms had to be perfect.

The King's Guard were pulling the gun carriages

At Ease!

The carriages that would be carrying members of the Royal Family.

Then the military bands came marching passed

They looked wonderful in the ceremonial uniforms

All in perfect time with one another.


  1. Hello, I love all the horses and the guards! It was interesting just watching the rehearsal. Cool series of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. it was a great ceremony horses are great

  3. Must be really somthing to see for real

  4. How clever of you, avoiding the crowds. My pleasure was spoiled by the waffling commentators on the BBC. Where do you find those people that never close their mouths. And I so love band music.
    I reckon they ought to invite you to the rehearsal proper next year - show them [ whoever is in charge] your blog.

  5. What a great idea to go to the rehearsal, I think you had a far better view now then at the special day. You made wonderful photos of the parades.

  6. It looks like the weather was kinder for the rehearsal than the real event. I understand there was also an organised bike ride to celebrate Her Maj's birthday.

  7. That is such a pretty shot of the white horses.

  8. What a great event! Thanks for taking photos and sharing with us.

  9. The Brits sure know how to throw a birthday party! :-)

  10. Wonderful series of images.

  11. Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.


  12. Boy, I'll bet those hats were hot and create many a neck crik

  13. No shots of that Green coat and hat! Maybe they caused the camera to break!

    What a splendid ceremony.

    Cheers (and sorry about the slowness of my visit) - Stewart M - Melbourne

  14. Love the red coats! And what a lovely sight.

  15. So nice that you got to see the rehearsal! Might not be the real thing but it's close enough and I'm guessing it's way less crowded.

  16. Glad you got to see the behind-the-scenes preparations for the big event. I enjoyed coming along!

  17. That was an excellent idea ! You certainly saw much more than at the official days. They will do a show of the Waterloo battle again this weekend, and I will go there on Thursday or Friday to see how the English and Scotish soldiers put up their tents around the Hougoumont farm, and also to the Lion site to see the rehearsals. I watched the Queen's celebration on TV and admired how smooth everything went ! What an organization !

  18. What a good idea, I enjoyed our day out.


  19. You can't beat the British for pomp and ceremony. The colours are beautiful.


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