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Trooping the Colour in London

by Dee Andrews

When we began our sabbatical travels over a year ago, we sat down with our two daughters and took turns sticking pins in a map of Europe for all the places we’d like to visit. Our six-year-old wanted to see the Queen of England! We did agree to go to London, but we cautiously managed expectations that seeing the Queen was doubtful.

Trooping the Colours in London

Trooping the Colour in London

You can image our excitement then when we found ourselves in London during the annual Trooping the Colour. This impressive parade and London event is held on the Queen’s official birthday each June. The ceremony dates back to the early 18th century when the flags or colours of the battalion were carried or trooped down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognized by the soldiers.


Queen Elizabeth at Trooping the Colours in London

Queen Elizabeth Trooping the Colour in London

As the clock on the Horse Guards Building struck precisely eleven, the royal procession started. Over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians paraded down the mall on the beautiful, sunny London morning. My daughter waved her British flag as the royal family proceeded by in their carriages. Princes William and Harry, Camilla, and then Queen Elizabeth herself! We couldn’t have expected more!


Prince William, Prince Harry and Camilla.

Prince William, Prince Harry and Camillia.

Bagpipers Troop the Colour

Bagpipers Troop the Colour




For more ideas with your kids in Britain and Ireland, Buy AA Days Out Guide 2009. I found it useful for family day trips or long weekends throughout the United Kingdom.

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lena January 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I so envy you. Looks like a great luck to be there during this event. I love London, but the best we could see during our time there was the changing of guard which in itself is a great ceremony too, but no Queen…
.-= lena´s last blog ..3 Facts: Barcelona =-.

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