Trooping the Colour – Special seats at the Major General’s Review

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One of the great annual sights in London is the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall on Her Majesty’s Official Birthday. All available Foot Guards, Household Cavalry and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery march past Her Majesty starting at 11.00am. The event will close at approximately noon.

The Society has arranged tickets for 30 good seats for the dress rehearsal, held two weeks before the real parade.

The Household Troops, made up of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, are the personal soldiers of The Queen. It is important to remember that these are also fighting troops; many of those on parade will be veterans of various campaigns including Afghanistan and Iraq. About 1,000 men in bearskins, tunics and full uniform will be on parade; there will be Massed Bands, Mounted Band, and a large number of cavalry. The troops will be reviewed and then will march past twice. The Queen will not be present on the 1st June, but the Dress Rehearsal parade will be taken by the General in command of all Household Troops.

Members should be seated by 10.00am, but we are arranging to meet at 9.15am for coffee and a short talk (optional). This will cover the conduct of the parade, its history and tradition. Full details will be sent to those who book.

Date: Saturday 1 June 2013, 10.00am
Venue: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
Fee: £5 – Japan Society members
Booking deadline: Friday 24 May 2013

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