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|Trooping of the Colour|
Horse Guards Building, Whitehall, SW1
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
The Trooping of the Colour is the ceremony in which the Queen takes the Royal Salute as part of her official birthday celebrations on 6th June. The ceremony is full of pomp and pageantry with lots of marching military bands and soldiers in their dress uniforms galore.|
The ceremony dates back to 1755, and is derived from the ancient military custom of parading a regiment's flag in front of the troops so that they were familiar with the colour that they were fighting under when it came to the confusion of battle.
The ceremony is open to the public, but tickets book out months in advance so it is notoriously difficult to get hold of any. You can catch a glimpse of the parade from the Mall, but you will be joined by thousands of others so you have to get there extremely early.
If you can't stand the crowds you can see the whole affair on television, or attend the rehearsals (which the Queen doesn't attend) on the two Saturdays that precede the ceremony.
Other military ceremonies in London include the Changing of the Guard, the Horse Guards Parade and Beating the Retreat.
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