H.M. the Queen's Birthday, Trooping the Colour 2012,
The Sovereign's birthday is officially celebrated
by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour on a Saturday in June.
On this page you find the 2012 Flypast, it was
very windy and hard to get the planes in the picture but we have a few and we
like to share with you.
The tradition of Trooping the Colour:
Although The Queen was born on 21 April, it has long been the
tradition to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in the summer,
when good weather is more likely.
Trooping the Colour is carried out
by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards
and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members
of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.
This military ceremony dates back
to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the
battalion were carried (or 'trooped') down the ranks so that they could be seen
and recognised by the soldiers.
Since 1748, this parade has also
marked the Sovereign's official birthday. From the reign of Edward VII onwards,
the Sovereign has taken the salute in person at Trooping the Colour.
During the ceremony, The Queen is
greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops.
After the massed bands have
performed a musical 'troop', the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the
The Foot Guards and the Household
Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King's Troop, Royal Horse
Artillery, rank past.
The Queen rides in a carriage back
to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards, before taking the salute at the
Palace from a dais. The troops then return to barracks.
Her Majesty then joins other
members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal
The Queen has attended Trooping the
Colour every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike
cancelled the event.
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