The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour

      
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Posted: 15 June 2013 10:20 am

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erHer Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family attend Horseguards’ Parade for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. Royal Central offers unrivalled video and live blogging coverage. Coverage starts from around 10am, event begins before 11am, all current UK summer times. Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and the Duke of Kent will be riding on Parade as Royal Colonels this year.

Click here to see our guide to this year’s Queen’s Birthday Parade.

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And that concludes the Trooping the Colour coverage all round. Thanks all of you for joining us, hopefully we’ll also be covering the Garter service at Windsor Castle on Monday also.

Bye for now.

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The famous Red Arrows now paint the sky red white and blue.

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The Royal Family are now coming out onto the balcony led by Her Majesty The Queen.

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As mentioned, next month there will also be a royal salute for the birth of Baby Cambridge. First cartridge will be presented to Duke and Duchess.

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Not long until balcony appearance now.

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Just started to rain in London now. Obviously, being Britain – this won’t matter in the slightest.

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This is the first time from what I remeber that the BBC have covered the King’s Troop salute.

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Gun salute now taking place in Green Park, next to Palace by King’s Troop.

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People walking down mall now, filling up space in prep for balcony appearance.

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The final royal salute is sounded by the Bands of the Household Division as Her Majesty enters the Palace to be with her family on the balcony.

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We’re going to have a break in coverage for a short while now. We’ll be back in time for the balcony appearance. In the meantime, you can continue to watch the BBC coverage just above.

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The Field officer now rides up and says ‘Your Majesty’s Guards are ready to march off, Ma’am’.

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Garrison Sergeant Major Billy Mott now checking the parade route. GSM Mott is responsible for today’s parade.

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The guards will now escort Her Majesty back to the Palace and will march past one final time outside the palace gates.

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Royal Family are preparing to leave parade ground, return to Palace and appear on balcony for RAF fly past shortly.

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Cavalry have now performed march past. Now for the trot past shortly.

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Prebrojansky is now played by the massed mounted bands of the Household Cavalry.

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Massed bands clear the way in prep for the Household Cavalry.

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The field officer rides up to Her Majesty and salutes to tell her the next phase of the parade will begin – the cavalry and King’s troop march past.

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Now Hielan Laddie for the Scots Guards then Milanollo for the Coldstream Guards.

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This now breaks into British Grenadiers, the regimental quick march of the Grenadier Guards.

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The tune changes to Rising of the Lark, the regimental quick march of the Welsh Guards.

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The first regimental quick march will be rising of the lark, the Welsh Guards regimental Quick March, followed by British Grenadiers for the Grenadier Guards.

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Quick March of the Champion now plays.

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The guards will now break into quick time and perform a quick march past.

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Back to a neutral slow march now.

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Now Figaro, the slow march of the Coldstream Guards.

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Tune changes to Scipio, the Grenadier Guards slow march.

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And the music changes to Men of Harlech, the regimental slow march of the Welsh Guards as they pass Her Majesty.

The ensign will ‘flourish’ the colour as a salute to Her Majesty, she will bow her head out of respect.

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The first regimental slow march will be Men of Harlech, the Welsh Guards’ Slow March.

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When the respective guards get round to The Queen, this neutral tune will break into each guar’s regimental slow march.

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The guards will now slow march past The Queen.

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The tune Hazelmere is now played by the Corps of Drums.

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The guards will now march into ranks to march past the Queen. They’ll use tunes from the Corps of Drums to do this.

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The escort troops its colour through the ranks now and will return to its position, this time with the colour before preparing to march past The Queen.

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The Escort to the Colour tune now stops, order is given to present arms and the Grenadiers Slow March begins.

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The bands now perform what’s known as a spin wheel. This is written down no where and is passed down from generation to generation – it is without doubt the most difficult move on parade.

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The tune Escort to the Colour now plays. This will give way to ‘The Grenadiers Return’.

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The two outer Sergeants turn outwards during the salute traditionally to protect the escort whilst it’s vulnerable from presenting arms.

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The escort will now present arms and the national anthem will be played.

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The Escort for the Colour now becomes the Escort to the Colour as the colour comes into the possession of the guards.

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The RSM is now going to collect colour for the troop.

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The British Grenadiers is played – the guards now perform what’s called a left form to get in position, whilst the Massed Bands clear the line of march.

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Drummer’s Call is beaten. Escort for the Colour now get ready to collect colour to the most famous British Military march, British Grenadiers.

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Massed bands will halt shortly before the lone drummer beats the Drummer’s Call: a signal for officers to take post before the collection of the colour begins.

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The lone drummer breaks off ready to perform the drummer’s call to start the Escort for the Colour’s part in proceedings.

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Quick March is now ‘The Heroes’ Return’.

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Quick March!

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The bands perform a counter march before the final parts of Les Huguenots. Standby for Quick March.

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The Massed Bands now play Les Huguenots. This will go on for around 2 minutes before breaking into a Quick March.

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“Massed Bands, by the centre – slow march!”

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The Queen now takes her place with the Duke of Kent back at the saluting base. The command ‘Troop’ will now be given and this majestic tune will now begin – Les Huguenots.

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The first march will now be performed by the Massed Bands. It’s called Les Huguenots and could easily steal the show itself!

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This tune will now give way to a march as Her Majesty returns to the saluting base.

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The guardsmen are always surprised by the inspection as they say Her Majesty always looks directly at them when she inspects.

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The Queen will now inspect her troops.

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The Royal Standard is broken out and The Queen is greeted by a royal salute and the national anthem.

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At the stroke of 11 o’clock, The Queen and the Duke of Kent will step out onto the saluting base.

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Sovereign’s Procession about to arrive. The Massed Mounted bands play on the approach road.

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The troop is about to begin shortly. The Queen will arrive at the saluting base, the guards will present arms and the national anthem will play. After that, The Queen will return to her carriage to ride past and inspect her troops.

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The Royal Family members not on parade will make their way to the Duke of Wellington’s old office to watch parade.

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Guards Royal Salute for first carriage. Royal salute is played.

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First royal carriage just arriving on approach road by Horse Guards parade.

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Prince William, Prince Charles and Princess Anne riding behind The Queen.

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Queen’s procession sets off with Her Majesty and Duke of Kent inside Glass Coach.

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Kate is wearing her pink Jane Corbett hat, last seen at last year’s Garden Party according to What Would Kate Do?.

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Carriage 1: Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Carriage 2: Duke of York and Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
Carriage 3: Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise.

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Kate wearing Pink!

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The Royal Salute will be sounded outside the Palace shortly, signifying the first of the Royal carriages setting off. The Royal Salute is half of the national anthem.

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Kate will be riding with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry on parade, setting off in a few moments along with other carriages carrying Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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Guardsmen now forming the hollow square arrangement (an extended L shape) reminiscent of old-style battle tactics.

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This short clip from BBC shows us the dual role of the footguards. Superb ceremonial guardsmen as well as battle ready soldiers.

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Colour has just been uncased by duty drummer. Now stood in centre of parade ground with Colour Sergeant, guarded by two sentries.

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Ceremonial sized Royal Standard is flying above Buckingham Palace.

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Officers (guys with swords) walk towards Horse Guards arch now to prepare for the ‘fall in’.

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Beautiful sunny day on Horse Guards now!

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Here we go!

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About to start. The BBC will introduce coverage Huw Edwards.

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Apologies for overlaying ads on video stream. They go after 30 seconds. Otherwise it’s standby to go.

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The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards are trooping their colour this year. They are referred to as ‘Escort for the Colour’ throughout the troop. Prince Charles is Colonel of the Welsh guards and along with Prince William (Colonel Irish Guards) and The Duke of Kent (Colonel Scots Guards) will be on parade in full guards’ officers uniform.

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The TV show Saturday Kitchen precedes Trooping the Colour, which is about to begin shortly.

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Just above this commentary which I will be doing is a live video of BBC One. In around 7 minutes, Trooping the Colour starts.

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Welcome to our live coverage of this year’s Trooping the Colour. My name is Martin and I’m the Editor of Royal Central. I will be giving you an in depth coverage of today’s events.