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Get Your Skates On

There are plenty of things to do at Christmas, but the holidays are a great time to enjoy some outdoor fun at some of London's most iconic landmarks. Read more...

Lord Mayors Show 2015

The Lord Mayors Show, a classic piece of British pageantry, took place on Saturday 14th November. Thousands of spectators lined the three and a half miles long route to watch the 7,000 strong procession. Read more ...

Remembrance Sunday 2015

The National Service of Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom takes place on Sunday 8 November at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Read more...

The Road to War

Lyndhurst Road, Peckham was transported back to 1915 today when eighteen horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, nine each from the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards congregated to recreate an iconic postcard of men and horse preparing for war. Read more...

ANZAC Day Dawn Service in London

In London thousands made their way to Wellington Arch, where a poignant ANZAC Day service of commemoration and memorial took place as dawn broke over Hyde Park. Read more.

Extra Special Beating Retreat -Waterloo 200

Visitors and press enjoyed a dramatic, musical tableau performed by musicians from the Massed Bands of the Household Division and trumpeters high above, on the roof of Horse Guards, for the official launch of this summer’s very special Beating Retreat.  Read more.

Queen's Guards Fit For Duty

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. Read more.

Lord Mayors Show 2014

The Lord Mayor's Show, one of the best loved civic pageants in the world, took place on Saturday the 8th November 2014

Thousands of visitors lined the three mile procession route which passes from The Guildhall via Mansion House to St Paul?s Cathedral, where the Lord Mayor is blessed, to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears allegiance to the Crown. Read More.

November Highlights

There's so much happening in London all year round. and although the Autumn weather has arrived November still offers lots of things to see and do for residents and visitors alike. Read More.

President of Singapore A Guest of The Queen

On Horse Guards Parade amidst all the colour and ceremony of a Household Division Guard of Honour, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have formally welcomed to Britain The President of the Republic of Singapore. Read More.

Lifes a Beach

The men an horses of Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery enjoying a well earned break, from their ceremonial duties, at summer camp in Devon. Read More.

Remembering Those Who Served Our Country

Standing in a trench from the First World War thinking about those who fought for a few yards of mud in a war, that cost the lives of so many, has got to be one of lifes most sobering experiences. Read More.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

A sea of blood-red ceramic poppies flows out of the Tower of London and into the dry moat ? one flower to represent each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War. Read More.

Tour De France Arrives In London

The 2014 Tour de France arrived in Central London this afternoon after, racing from Cambridge through to the heart of Westminster. Read more.

Changing of the Guard July Highlights

Stirring music, different uniforms, guards from Canada and the fairer sex guarding the Sovereign are all part of the highlights of theChanging of the Guard ceremonies in July. Read more.

Press Launch Beating Retreat 2014

Representatives of the Massed Bands of the Household Division gathered on Horse Guards Parade this afternoon in front of packed crowds for the official launch of Beating Retreat. Read more.

Her Majesty The Queen Attends Standards Parade

Her Majesty The Queen presented the Household Cavalry with new Standards on Wednesday 28th May on Horse Guards Parade. Read More.

Ceremonial Event Calendar June Highlights

With the 2014 ceremonial season in full swing visitors to London, who enjoy the pomp and ceremony for which Britain is so famous will be spoilt for choice in June. Read more.

Stirling Unveils Spectacular Programme for Armed Forces Day

Stirling have revealed their programme of events as they lead the UK?s celebrations in honour of our Servicemen and women past and present on 28 June. Read more.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Patrick's Day Parade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the guests of honour at the Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot. Read more.

Provisional Forecast of Military and Ceremonial Events in 2014

Provisional forecast of State, Royal and Military ceremonial events scheduled for 2014. Read more.
Published: 26 January 2014

Prince Harry Launches The Invictus Games

Prince Harry has today launched a new international sporting event called the Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel across the world. Read more.
Published 06 March 2014

Master of Ceremonial Becomes Freeman of the City of London

The soldier who has masterminded ceremonial events in London for the past 13 years has been given the Freedom of the City of London. Read more.
Published: 13 November 2013

Army Take Part In Great Pink Bake

Soldiers from 20 Transport Squadron Royal Logistic Corps have been taking part in Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Great Pink Bake Off at Regents Park Barracks. Read more.
Published: 17th October 2013

Army Provide Musical Send Off At The Start Of The Queen's Baton Relay

The crowds surrounding Buckingham Palace were left in no doubt of the location of the 2014 Commonwealth Games as the Band of the Scots Guards welcomed the Queen’s Baton Relay onto the forecourt this morning. Read more.
Published: 9th October 2013

Meeting The Men and Horses Of The Household Cavalry

Thousand of visitors took advantage of the sunshine this weekend to meet the Household Cavalry!

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment opened up their stables at West Tofts camp, Thetford where they have been taking part in their annual summer training camp, to the public over the weekend. Read more.
Published: 15 July 2013

The King’s Troop takes on historic role as The Queen’s Life Guard.

Visitors can now enjoy the spectacle of a different uniform and a different regiment at Horse Guards! Read more.
Published: 02 July 2013

New Colours Presented To Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards By The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief Grenadier Guards, has presented new colours to Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace. Read more.
Published: 27 June 2013

Beating Retreat, A Military Music Spectacular In London.

The British Army announced today that final preparations are underway for a Military Music Spectacular that includes Beating Retreat. Read more.
Published: 28 May 2013

Royal Salute in Honour of the 60th Anniversary Of The Coronation Of The Queen

Royal Salute in Honour of the 60th Anniversary Of the Coronation Of Her Majesty The Queen will be performed by Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park on the 3rd of June. Read More
Published: 27 May 2013

Full Statement on the Death Of Drummer Lee Rigby

Full Statement from the Ministry of Defence in response to death of Drummer Lee Rigby. Read more.
Published: 22 May 2013

Armed Forces At The State Opening Of Parliament

The State Opening of Parliament is one of the most colourful events in the London Ceremonial calendar when the Household Division line the streets and escort Her Majesty The Queen’s procession from Buckingham Palace to the House of Lords. Read more.
Published: 02 May 2013

Army To Line Streets Of Windsor For The State Visit Of The President of The U.A.E

All the colour and pageantry of the Army’s Household Division will be on display in Windsor on Tuesday, 30th April, to provide a ceremonial welcome to the President of the United Arab Emirates. Read more.
Published: 28 April 2013

Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery Annual Inspection

See Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery perform the world famous musical Drive in Regents Park FREE! Read more.
Published: 17 April 2013

Baroness Thatcher's Final Journey

A ceremonial funeral with military honours will take place next Wednesday for Baroness Thatcher. Read more.
Published: 09 April 2013

Gun Salute To Mark The Queen's Birthday

Kings Troop Royal Artillery will fire a 41 gun salute to mark the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on the 22nd April in Hyde Park. Read more
Published: 04 April 2013

Grenadier Guard to Be Awarded Victoria Cross

Lance Corporal James Ashworth, of The Grenadier Guards, who was killed protecting his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross – the UK’s top bravery medal. Read more
Published 20 March 2013