Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Queen's Birthday

Saturday morning we woke up and made our way to Buckingham palace for the Trooping the Colours.
Here is a Wikipedia explanation for this event.
Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and the Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much earlier. On battlefields, a regiment's colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the soldiers' ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments' colours.
Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign.[1] It is held in London annually on the second Saturday in June[2] on Horse Guards Parade by St. James's Park, and coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. Among the audience are the Royal Family, invited guests, ticketholders and the general public. The colourful ceremony, also known as "The Queen's Birthday Parade", is broadcast live by the BBC.
The Queen travels down the Mall from Buckingham Palace in a Royal Procession with a Sovereign's Escort of Household Cavalry (also known as "Mounted Troops" or "Horse Guards"). After receiving a Royal Salute, she inspects her troops of theHousehold Division, both Foot Guards and Horse Guards. The King's Troop are also in attendance. Each year, one of the Foot Guards regiments is selected to troop their colour through the ranks of guards. Then the entire assembly of Household Divisionconducts a March Past around the Parade past the Queen, who receives their salute from the Saluting Base. (The Mounted Troops perform a Walk March and a Trot Past, and the King's Troop rank by with their guns, which are their colour.)

Anyway, There were thousands of people there, but it was amazing to see. I climbed to the top of a wall to try to get some pics, which the above came from. I saw the queen, who looked adorable and then I saw Camilla and Kate middleton. They were quite far away, but it was so much fun to go to and cool that I got to see the queen. The weather was on and off, but parades are just so much fun. It made me SO EXCITED for fourth of July, which is my favorite holiday. 

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