Of The Colour - Full Rehearsal
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General's Review (Trooping The Colour)
are two rehearsals - on Horse Guards Parade - for
The Queen's Birthday Parade, and the first of these is taken
by the Major General Commanding London District.
Review (Trooping The Colour)
of the rehearsals for the Queen's Birthday Parade is
taken by the Colonel of the Regiment whose Colour is being trooped.
Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping The Colour)
usually held on the second Saturday in June,
on Horse Guards Parade. This is the most important parade of the year,
and dates from the days when colours were rallying points in battle
(as far back as 1700).
Household Division - under the command of the
Major General Commanding Household Division - takes part, including
the Household Cavalry, the five regiments of Foot Guards, and
King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
ago, in the field, it was the practice to carry colours through the
ranks, at the end of the day, before escorting them to headquarters,
where they were kept safe for the night.
ensured that all the men were familiar with their own colour
(or standard), and that they all knew where their HQ (place of assembly)
was, especially when in a location unfamiliar to them.
came to represent the regiment itself, deserving of the
utmost respect, and the parade known as "Lodging the Colours"
evolved into the parade that is undertaken annually on Horse Guards -
although these days, reserved for the Queen's Colour only.
Cavalry Mounted Regiment provides both regimental
bands, 1 Standard, and 4 mounted divisions. They move first to
Buckingham Palace, in order to escort HM The Queen to Horse Guards
Parade, although they then have to wait while the relevant Foot Guards
Regiment Troop its Colour, after which The Household Cavalry
- and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery (since 1998) -
complete a march past at the walk and trot.
the ceremony is complete, the Mounted Bands of the
Household Cavalry, and the Sovereign's Escort lead HM The Queen
back to Buckingham Palace, where they then rank past The Queen
before returning to Hyde Park Barracks.