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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Rehearsing The Trooping of the Colours

Next Saturday is the real thing. The Trooping of the colours is an annual event held on the official birthday of the monarch. Unlike the rest of us she gets two birthdays. Her real one is 26 April, then the official one when she checks out her troops in this spectacular parade.

These big events have to be perfect. So there are a couple of trial runs. Yesterday was rehearsal number two. If you don't mind the carriages being empty, then these days are a great way to get a good view of proceedings. In fact you can apply to get a ringside ticket. It is done by ballot each year.

12 comments:

jabblog said...

It's stirring stuff, if rather archaic:-)

Angie said...

The troops sure are colourfull!

Leif Hagen said...

What a fun tradition! Love those beautiful horses and the uniforms of their riders!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You can't beat the British for tradition, personally I think it's fantastic, love the pomp and ceremony, and by the look of the crowds behind the barricades I'm not alone. Great shot Mo.

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful! I was watching them on the news.

Karine said...

Ugh, my Sweetheart is going to miss that by one day, he's getting London on the 13th! The friend he's meeting there will get to see it though, so at least he'll get to see pictures of it I'm guessing!

Sharon said...

I would certainly enjoy doing that if I were there.

Team G Square said...

Nice snap , Two birthdays that's amazing .

Adullamite said...

As an ex-soldier my dad used to love watching this, just so he could yell,"Call that a straight line...? Ptah! The Guards eh, what do they know?"

jennyfreckles said...

My daughter took me to a rehearsal a couple of years ago. So colourful and, as you say, almost as good as the real thing. (At least you can get close enough to see!)

William K Wallace said...

I best even Disney couldn't match this! And I'm sure the Queen deserves two birthdays...

RedPat said...

We should all have 2 birthdays or at least 2 birthday cakes! Love the British pomp.

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