17 June 23

The King’s Birthday Parade

The King's Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, is an annual event held in London, UK, to celebrate the official birthday of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. The event takes place on the second Saturday of June and has a long history dating back to the 17th century. The highlight of the event is a military parade known as the Trooping the Colour, which involves over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses, and numerous bands and musicians. The parade takes place on Horse Guards Parade in central London, and is attended by members of the royal family, dignitaries, and thousands of spectators.

The Trooping the Colour ceremony begins with the arrival of the Queen or King, who is accompanied by other members of the royal family. The national anthem is played, and the Queen or King inspects the troops before the parade begins.The parade itself involves the soldiers of the Household Division, who march in formation and perform a number of intricate drills and maneuvers. The highlight of the parade is the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which involves the soldiers of the Guards regiments displaying their regimental colors or standards to the monarch. This tradition dates back to the 17th century, when the colors or standards were used as a rallying point for troops in battle. In addition to the parade, the King's Birthday Parade also includes a fly-past by the Royal Air Force, which features a range of military aircraft performing aerial displays over central London.

The King's Birthday Parade is a major event in the British social calendar, and is watched by millions of people around the world. The event is steeped in tradition and pageantry, and is a celebration of British military history, culture, and heritage.

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17 June '23