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June – Highlights


Trooping The Colour

Trooping The Colour

With The Queen’s Birthday Parade and Beating Retreat to look forward to there is plenty going on in June for those of us who enjoy pomp and ceremony.

2nd June – Coronation Day
Gun Salutes at HM Tower of London and Hyde Park to mark the Coronation, in 1953,  of Queen Elizabeth II. More about Gun Salutes on our website.

6th  June – Trooping the Colour
Colonel’s Review Horse Guards Parade  see the parade on The Mall or the corner of St James’s Park.

10th June – Birthday of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Gun Salutes at HM Tower of London and Hyde Park to mark the 94th Birthday of HRH Prince Philip.

10th June – Beating Retreat 
20:30 on Horse Guards Parade. A spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks. More details and how to get one of the few remaining Beating Retreat tickets

11 June – Beating Retreat
In the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
More details and how to get one of the few remaining Beating Retreat tickets.

13th  June – Queens Birthday Parade
The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will be Trooping their Colour in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, on Horse Guards Parade, in what is the highlight of the annual ceremonial calendar.

15th  June  – 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta
It was at Runnymede, on June 15, 1215, that King John accepted that he would no longer get to make the rules up as he went along. All the rights and freedoms that we now take for granted; uncensored newspapers, security of property, equality before the law,  regular elections,  jury trials and more all flowed from the Magna Carta.

17th June Unveiling of the restored Hougoumont Farm  Waterloo 200 in Belgium
HRH Prince Charles and  The Duchess of Cornwall will  join Belgium’s Princess Astrid for the reopening of Hougoumont Farm as part of the Waterloo 200

Hougoumont Farm played a crucial role in the outcome of the battle you can find out more about Waterloo 200 and the events taking place to commemorate this historic battle.

18th June – Waterloo Commemorative Service at St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral hosts a commemoration service for the Bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo. This service is by invitation only

21st – June Waterloo 200 Parade
The Waterloo Parade from Horse Guards Parade down The Mall including four European visiting bands (Dutch Army Band, Zurich Police Band, Finnish Navy Band, French Artillery Band) British military bands and 200 school children. The spectacular culmination of the Waterloo commemorations both in Belgium and London

27th – June Armed Forces Day
There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country.
Visit the Armed Forces Day website for details of events near your home.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day 2015


May Ceremonial Highlights

Lots going on this month to make your visit to London memorable.

4th – 29th May  Gurkha’s On Public Duties

Gurkha's on Public Duties

Gurkha’s on Public Duties

As part of their 200th Anniversary Celebrations, the Gurkha’s will be providing The Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace on various dates during the month. Details on our website

Friday 8th May  – VE Day Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.
Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a Gun Salute at 15:00, on Wellington Barracks Parade Square, to mark the start of a national two-minute silence.

Saturday 9th May – VE DAY CELEBRATION
 A day of celebration. At around 11:00, cathedrals across the country, from Durham to Canterbury, have been invited to ring their bells in celebration.

Festivities will peak with a star-studded 1940s-themed concert held on Horse Guards Parade on Saturday night, featuring a line-up of international recording artists, stars and celebrities.
The show will be one of the highlights of the year and will be broadcast that evening on BBC One.

10th May  – VE Day Commemoration
Day of Thanksgiving starts with a church service at Westminster Abbey followed by a concert at Trafalgar Square, street parties and a Veterans Village in St James Park.

11th May  – Peckham War Horse Project
Re-enactment of a World War 1 Photograph of horses being prepared for the front line.

13th May  –  Victoria Cross Stone Pavement
Unveiling for LSgt Douglas Belcher VC of The London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) in Kingston

15th May       Guard Mount from Horse Guards
Following a Trooping the Colour rehearsal the New Guard will march from Horse Guards Parade up the Mall to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony

17th May –  Grenadier Guards Regimental Remembrance Day
Service at 1440 followed by parade

18th May – Guard Mount from Horse Guards

19th May  –  Victoria Cross Stone Pavement
Unveiling for Lt Cdr Martin Dunbar-Nasmith VC (HM Submarine E11) in Richmond

20th May – Guard Mount from Horse Guards

26th May – Guard Mount from Horse Guards

26 May  – Guards’ Chapel Recital Series
Guards Saxaphone Quartet at 13:10 in the Guards’ Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Free admission, retiring collection.

27 May – State Opening of Parliament

State Opening of Parliment

State Opening of Parliment. More details about the State Opening on our website.

30 May – Trooping The Colour 
The Major’s General’s Review at 10:30 on Horse Guards.
Salute to be taken by Maj Gen E. A. Smyth-Osborne, CBE, Major General Commanding The Household Division.

Trooping The Colour

Trooping The Colour. More information about Trooping the Colour on our website.


Queen’s Guard Fit For Duty

Today the British Army’s Public Duties Incremental Companies and the Bands of the Household Division were subjected to rigorous scrutiny in the build up to the 2015 ceremonial season.

In the toughest test of their year the guards who in their iconic red tunics and bearskin caps epitomise British Military tradition have, to the relief of all, once more been judged fit for public duties.

Visit our website for the full story and more pictures.

Garrison Sergeant Major, WO1 William Mott OBE MVO inspects Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards.

Garrison Sergeant Major, WO1 William Mott OBE MVO inspects Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards. Photographer: Sgt. Rupert Frere RLC

Visiting London This Summer?

Summer sunshine and balmy June evenings may seem a long way ahead in the dark cold days of winter but to see the most spectacular of London’s ceremonial events you need to plan ahead. Remember it was not raining when Noah built the ark.

Ceremonial events take place throughout the country, and indeed the world, but few are as high profile as The Queen’s Birthday Parade and the Household Division Beating Retreat.

Visitors to London in June can with a bit of forward planning and a slice of good luck go home with a lifetime of memories of their visit to these highlights of the ceremonial calendar

The Queen’s Birthday Parade

Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade

Queen’s Birthday Parade

Carried out by fully operational troops, from the Household Cavalry and Foot Guards of the Household Division, The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, is the highlight of the military ceremonial year.

With Her Majesty the Queen herself attending and taking the salute over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses and over four hundred musicians from the massed bands of the Household Division.

This impressive display of pageantry takes place on Saturday the 13th June 2015 and there are two reviews, (full dress rehearsals), the Colonel’s Review on Saturday the 6th  June and the Major General’s Review on Saturday the 30th May.

Tickets, to the seated stands on Horse Guards Parade, for The Queen’s Birthday Parade and the Reviews, are allocated by ballot.  Applications must be in writing and should be made before the end of  February.

To learn more about The Queen’s Birthday Parade and how to apply for tickets visit our website.

With the parade route extending from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade and back again there are plenty of places to stand and enjoy the procession even if you cannot get tickets.

The Royal Family appear on the Palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force at 1 ‘o’ clock.

Beating Retreat

Household Division Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade

Household Division Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat – the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, promises to be even more spectacular this year.

The Massed Bands, Pipes and Drums and Corps of Drums of the Household Division, supported by The King’s Troop Royal and visiting military bands from around the world take part in colourful pageant set to music.

Cannons, horses, fireworks and music, modern, classical and military combine to create what is one the real highlights of the ceremonial calendar that has been described by many as epic!

Beating Retreat refers to a military drum call that can trace its origins to 16th Century England and was first used to recall nearby units to their castle. Over the centuries that followed it developed into a musical ceremonial event that is practiced throughout the Commonwealth but it is at its most spectacular in the magnificent surroundings of Horse Guards Parade

Beating Retreat will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June 2015.

Book tickets for the Household Division Beating Retreat in 2015 early to avoid disappointment.

Ceremonial Events

You can find details of more of the ceremonial events scheduled to take place in London this year on our website and updates on the social media channels we use.