Start Planning Your Trip to London for Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Parade
It's good to be the Queen. Not only do you get to live in a palace and have access to a full-on library of jewels, but you also get to have two birthdays. Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, but every year, she also has a public birthday celebration during the month of June. Why the second date? It all comes down to the weather—a weekend in the summer is the only time for a parade.
So go ahead and mark your calendar—next year, the Queen's birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will take place on Saturday, June 8. The date was announced in the Court Circular last year, and is also noted on the Household Division of the British Army's website. The festivities will likely begin around 10 a.m.
If you'd like to attend the event, members of the public are advised to gather on the Mall near Buckingham Palace or at the edge of St. James Park, with the best places to stand marked on this map with dotted black lines. You can also apply for tickets in the seated stands, which cost £35 for Trooping the Colour. Tickets for rehearsals are also available and less expensive. Applications must be made between January and February of this year.
The full royal family on the balcony at the 2018 Trooping the Colour.
But what exactly is Trooping the Colour?
In short, it's a parade of military pageantry in which the monarch inspects her troops, a tradition which dates all the way back to King George II in 1748. For years, the Queen did this on horseback, but since 1987, she has arrived via carriage. According to the Household Division, the celebration features more than 1400 officers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians, and the Queen's extended family attends, making for an iconic annual photo up on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Watch the video below of this year's Trooping for a little more insight:
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.