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Trooping The Colour or The Queen’s Birthday Parade


Hey there!


Saturday I’ll be up with the chickens again. The Queens Trooping The Colour a.k.a., The Queen’s Parade begins, at 10 a.m. / 5 a.m. ET and I don’t want to miss a thing.


Every now and then my birthday falls on Easter but I don’t get a parade! 1400 officers, 200 horses and 400 musicians do not march around my home in honor of me (but they should!). Well, for the sovereign of England, they do.


On a Saturday in June there is a parade that marks the Queen’s official birthday. To be clear, her actual birthday is April 21 but for hundreds of years the Trooping of Colours has been held in June. It celebrates the birthday of the King or Queen, regardless of when their actually birth date is. The country (as well as others far and wide) watch as soldiers, horses and musicians march from Buckingham Palace, along the Mall to Horse Guards Parade and back again.



What are colours? Colours are the flags of a battalion. The original purpose of the flags were to provide a place for troops to meet on the battlefield, before the technology that we have now. Now it’s so that the Queen can have a look at her troops and their horses. And, well, to celebrate her birthday. The royals come decked in their Easter Sunday best so you will find military garb, full hats, fascinators and spring fashions.



The finale of the parade will have the royal family appearing on the family balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force perform a flypast. They are well choreographed aerial salutes to the Queen and the public.


This year I will have my eyes peeled for views of little Louis and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We haven’t seen little Louis since he left the hospital and the Duke and Duchess since the Prince of Wales’ birthday patronage celebration (although there have been sightings of Harry at an event). I also want to see the outfits. I mean yes! Royal outfits and fascinators -- you know I have a love of fascinators.


How will I watch this in America? Well, I finally gave in and subscribed to BritBox TV a few weeks ago and they are going to live stream it. While I will have on a fascinator (did you think otherwise?!), I will be in the comfort of my pjs.


NOTE: I was not paid in any way for this post. I have purchased my aforementioned monthly subscription to BritBox TV.


Feel free to check out the links below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trooping_the_Colour

https://changing-guard.com/ceremonial/trooping-the-colour-timings.html