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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.


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.