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Trooping the Colour

Posted in Anniversary, History, Royalty on Wednesday, 2 June 2010

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Queen Elizabeth Trooping the Colour. Illustration by Clive Uptton

12 June is the Queen’s official birthday and the anniversary is celebrated with the annual Trooping the Colour, a ceremonial parade which dates back to 1748. The colours referred to are regimental flags, used as a rallying point during battles.

With great pomp and ceremony, soldiers from various regiments of Her Majesty’s Forces pass down Horse Guards Parade to salute the Queen. The Queen has missed only one ceremony when, in 1955, there was a rail strike.

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