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Co-ordinator Carole T

At the beginning of March, I applied for tickets to see a review of Trooping the Colour, which takes place in June to mark the Queen’s official birthday. The tickets are drawn on a ballot basis, so you can imagine my delight when a letter came from the Headquarters of the Household Division, indicating that I was able to buy the number of tickets I had requested.

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So early on a very sunny Saturday morning, June 6th, our Exploring London group met at St. Albans Station and travelled to Westminster to enjoy the Colonel’s Review of ‘Trooping the Colour’. This review was identical in format to the Queen’s Birthday Parade which took place on 13th June. Our seats were on the end of the parade ground, which gave us a wonderful view when the massed 11 bands, the foot guards, the mounted Household Cavalry, The Blues and Royals and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery entered Horse Guards Parade. Prince Charles was in attendance. This year it was the turn of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards to parade their Colour.

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The precision of the marching foot guards and the massed bands performing their famous ‘wheel’ manoeuvre was a sight to behold. The spectacle of the Blues and Royals riding on their magnificent, well-groomed horses, with their silver helmets and breast plates glinting in the sunshine, was magical. To give you the number of men, women and horses on parade – there were 220 musicians, 426 foot guards, 217 mounted troops and 244 horses.
Group photo The review ceremony lasted for an hour and a half and on the departure of the foot guards from Horse Guards resulted in 8,000 spectators giving resounding applause.
To witness such a historical ceremony as this was, for me, a lifelong ambition and something that I’m sure, our group will all remember for a long time.

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