Ceremonial Events Calendar

A guide to the State, Royal, military and ceremonial events scheduled to take place in and around London.

The State Opening of Parliament, Trooping the Colour (Queen’s Birthday Parade) and Beating Retreat are some of the annual highlights.

However, there are many other more events waiting to be discovered by those who enjoy parades, music, symbolism and pageantry steeped in history.

Ceremonial Events 2018

Friday
9 March

Mountbatten Festival of Music

Featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Venue: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington GoreLondon, SW7 2AP
Time: 19:30
Admission: Free admission, retiring collection.

Saturday
10 March

Mountbatten Festival of Music

Featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Venue: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington GoreLondon, SW7 2AP
Time: Matinee performance: 14:00 Evening:19:30
Admission: Free admission, retiring collection.

Thursday
15 March

Major General's inspection of HCMR

Major General's inspection of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Venue: Horse Guards Parade
Time: TBC ( Expected to be around10:00)
Admission:

Watch from the corner of St James's Park or see HCMR on The Mall

Tuesday
27 March

Guards' Chapel Recital Series

Lunch time concert

Venue: Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ
Time: 13:10
Admission: Free admission, retiring collection

 

 

Saturday
21 April

Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday

To celebrate Her Majesty's Birthday Kings Troop RHA will fire a 41 Gun Salute in Hyde Park at noon.
The Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62 Gun Salute on the Gun Wharf, Tower of London at 13:00

Venue: Hyde Park
Time: 12:00
Admission: Open to the public, free admission

Tuesday
24 March

Guards' Chapel Recital Series

Lunch time concert

Venue: Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ.
Time: 13:10
Admission: Free admission, retiring collection.

 

 

Sunday
13 May

Cavalry Sunday

94th Annual Parade Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association.

Venue: Hyde Park
Time: 11:00
Admission: Free to watch

 

Sunday
13 May

Royal Marines Graspan Parade
Assembly on Horse Guards Parade
 

Monday
14 May

HGM - 1
Queen's Guard Mount from Horse Guards Parade

 

Wednesday
16 May

HGM - 2
Queen's Guard Mount from Horse Guards Parade
 

Friday
18 May

HGM - 3
Queen's Guard Mount from Horse Guards Parade
 

Saturday
19 May

Royal Wedding

Wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales to Ms. Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle

Venue: Windsor Castle
Time:
Admission: Castle Closed.

Where to Watch

Wednesday
23 May

HGM - 4
Queen's Guard Mount from Horse Guards Parade
 

Saturday
26 May

Major General's Review

The Major General's Review of Trooping the Colour
(A full dress rehearsal for The Queen's Birthday Parade)

Venue: Horse Guards Parade
Time: 10:00
Admission: Tickets required for seated stands or watch from the sidelines free of charge

Tuesday
29 May

Guards' Chapel Recital Series

Lunch time concert

Venue: Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ.
Time: 13:10
Admission: Free admission, retiring collection.

 

Wednesday
30 May

Royal Marines Beating Retreat

Royal Marines Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade

Venue: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London
Time: 18:00 (Access from 17:00)
Admission: By ticket only

Thurday
31 May

Royal Marines Beating Retreat

Royal Marines Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade

Venue: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London
Time: 18:00 (Access from 17:00)
Admission: By ticket only

 

Saturday
2 June

The Colonel's Review

The Colonel's Review of Trooping the Colour
(A full dress rehearsal for The Queen's Birthday Parade)

Venue: Horse Guards Parade Whitehall, London
Time: 10:00
Admission: Tickets required for seated stands or watch from the sidelines free of charge

Saturday
2 June

Coronation Day Gun Salute

To celebrate Coronation Day Kings Troop RHA will fire a 41 Gun Salute in Hyde Park.
The Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62 Gun Salute on the Gun Wharf, Tower of London at 13:00

Venue: Green Park
Time: following the Colonel's Review( around 12:30)
Admission: Free to watch

Wednesday
6 June

Household Division Beating Retreat

Household Division Beating Retreat

Venue: Horse Guards Parade Whitehall, London
Time: 20:00
Admission: By ticket only

Thursday
7 June

Household Division Beating Retreat

Household Division Beating Retreat

Venue: Horse Guards Parade Whitehall, London
Time: 20:00
Admission: By ticket only

Saturday
9 June

Queen's Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour

The Queen's Birthday Parade is the highlight of the ceremonial calendar.

Venue: Horse Guards Parade Whitehall, London
Time: 10:00
Admission: Tickets required for seated stands or watch from the sidelines free of charge

Monday
11 June

Prince Philip's Birthday

To celebrate Prince Philip's Birthday Kings Troop RHA will fire a 41 Gun Salute in Hyde Park.
The Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62 Gun Salute on the Gun Wharf, Tower of London at 13:00

Venue: Green Park
Time: 12:00
Admission: Free to watch

Monday
11 June

Garter Service

Garter Service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Venue: Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ
Time:
Admission: By invitation
(A limited number of tickets are available for members of the public to stand inside the precincts of Windsor Castle)

Tuesday
26 June

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Sunday
1 July

Household Division Festival of Music

Household Division Festival of Music 2018i s 5 day event of music and arts.

More information to follow shortly.

Venue: Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ.
Time: TBA
Admission:

 

 

Friday
6 July


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Monday
9 July

RAF National Aircraft Tour

The Royal Air Force celebrates its 100th birthday on the 1 April 2018.

As part of the celebrations the National Aircraft Tour highlights the work of the RAF.

More details to follow

Venue: Horse Guards Parade Whitehall, London
Time:
Admission: Free

 

Tueday
10 July

RAF100 Parade and Fly past

Centenary parade and fly past of Royal Air Force aircraft over London.

Venue: The Mall, London, SW1A 1AA
Time: Parade: 11:25 Fly Past: 13:00
Admission: Free to watch

 

Tuesday
31 July

Guards' Chapel Recital Series

Lunch time concert

Venue: Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ.
Time: 13:10
Admission: Free admission, retiring collection.

 

 

Friday
3 August


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Saturday
26 August

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo features performers from across the globe.

With Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps, The Central Band of the Czech Armed Forces and the Royal Air Force as they mark their 100th Anniversary, the 2018 Tattoo is sure to fly high.

More details to follow

Venue: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
Time:
Admission: By ticket

 
23 October

State Visit

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will be staying as guests of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

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More Events coming

Details of additional events during and later in the year will be added for time to time, so we hope you will be back soon.

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