Monday, June 15, 2009

The Trooping of the Colours

The Queen's Birthday (actually April 21) is officially celebrated by the ceremony of the Trooping of the Colours on a Saturday in June, "when good weather is more likely". Trooping of the Colours is carried out by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division....that means most of the troops were on horseback, even the band!  

Royalists, children, visitors to the UK and a few Londoners enjoyed the pageantry that accompanied the traditional ceremonies on the Queen's 83rd Birthday.

We were able to find seats on a wall which put us above the heads of everyone and gave us a great view of the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace. Debra was smart enough to pack champagne and orange juice which helped the 4 hours go by quickly.

My favorite part ....the fly-by at the end, of course!
We were approached and interviewed by a TV crew doing a documentary on tourists in the UK - so we pretended!
Look for the special next fall on ITV!

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