The final rehearsal for this year’s Queen’s Birthday Parade has taken place on Horseguards’ Parade, London earlier today.
The Guards on Horseguards’ Parade with the Massed Bands in the distance. Photo Credit: Neil CB – @neil_cb on Twitter
The Massed Bands of the Household Division and the companies of footguards on parade this year performed a dress rehearsal in front of HRH The Prince of Wales, Colonel Welsh Guards, in what is known as ‘The Colonel’s Review’.
As Colonel of the regiment trooping its colour this year, the Prince of Wales was present and inspected the troops on parade.
Next Saturday (15th June), the Trooping the Colour will take place in front of Her Majesty and on television.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel Grenadier Guards will likely not be present this year due to his recent admission to hospital for exploratory surgery, he’s expected to remain in hospital for up to two weeks.
The Colour party just off centre, the Massed Bands to the left. Photo Credit: Jordan Dias – @jordandias on Twitter
This year, the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards are trooping their colour on Horseguards’ Parade, the first time they’ve done so since 2008.
The Colonel’s Review is the second and final full scale rehearsal that takes place for The Queen’s Birthday Parade. The other takes place a week before in front of the Major General commanding the Household Division, presently Major-General George Norton. This is called ‘The Major General’s Review’.
After the Trooping ceremony on Horseguards’, the Royal Family will make their way back to Buckingham Palace where shortly after, the extended Royal Family will appear on the balcony.
Prince Charles, Colonel Welsh Guards leaving the Palace earlier for the Colonel’s Review. Photo Credit: JP Graham – @jpgdlondon on Twitter
Her Majesty has never missed a Trooping the Colour as Sovereign, though one was cancelled in 1955 due to strike action. The Royal Family travel to Horseguards’ in carriages and those members of the Royal Family who’re on parade as Colonels of the regiments of Footguards, ride on horses on parade.
Other members of the Royal Family watch the parade from the Horseguards’ building from the Duke of Wellington’s old office, overlooking the parade ground.