Thursday, 1 June 2023

The King's Official Birthday/ Trooping the Colour - Main Page

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Each year, the UK celebrates the Monarch's official birthday. It is usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in June. On very rare occasions, it is held on a different day of the week to coincide with other Celebrations. (E.g. Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.) 

The British Monarch has two birthdays (real & official) is to allow for a public celebration during good weather when it is possible to have a outdoor parade and large public gathering.  

While this post focuses on the Monarch's official Birthday Celebrations in the UK, other realms do hold their own birthday celebrations for the Monarch. Those are usually held in May or June and will have their own traditions. 

The Monarch’s official birthday celebrate their birthday that calendar year whether already past (E.g. In Queen Elizabeth II's Reign) or still to come (E.g. King Charles III's Reign).

Trooping the Colour is the name of the parade that takes place at Horseguards Parade. "Colour" refers to the Regiment's Flag. The Trooping the Colour at Horse Guard Parade airs live on BBC. There used to be restrictions about viewing outside the UK, due to BBC licensing, but in recent years it usually had been freely available on Youtube. And video of the Balcony for Fly Over is usually always freely available. 

2023 Live Streams:
  • Official BBC - Will show actual parade at Horse Guard
  • Other - may just show procession & fly past and such

Timeline for normal years:
  • Night Before
    • List of Monarch's Birthday Honors are released
  • 9:15 AM 
    • Troops start forming at Horse Guards Parade
  • 10:45
    • Royals in Procession leave Buckingham Palace for Horse Guards Parade. 
  • 11:00 AM 
    • Trooping the Colour begins at the Horse Guard Parade
      • Royal Colonels watch from the parade ground
      • Extended members of the Royal Family watch from the Major General’s Office 
  • 12:20 PM
    •  Carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace
  • 1 PM  Flypast 
    • Royals appear on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace
  • Later
    • Monarch usually has a few audiences at Buckingham Palace

Royal Attendance at Trooping the Colours
There are normally 40+ royals and members of the extended royal family who attend Trooping the Colour. As the chart of attendance is so big, we are splitting into to chunks. 
Household Division

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