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Trooping the Colour

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St. James's
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Address: Horse Guards Parade, London SW1A 2AX, England
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+44 20 7414 2479

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Queen's official birthday celebration second Saturday in June

The ceremony takes place, rain or shine, on the second Saturday in June, but there are two dress rehearsals on the previous two Saturdays. All the pageantry of the troops and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2016
Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The ceremony takes place, rain or shine, on the second Saturday in June, but there are two dress rehearsals on the previous two Saturdays. All the pageantry of the troops and massed bands only absent the royal family. I was fortunate in securing a seat for the ceremony six years ago but for the past four visits to London have... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Fifteen years ago our family had seats at Horseguards Parade for the Trooping, this year I braved the crowds and stood along the Mall to watch the celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. While six to seven people deep, the crowds were cheerful and friendly. On that sunny Saturday morning, the British superiority in staging ceremonies with pomp and circumstance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We were able to watch this take place on television while we were aboard the ship Queen Elizabeth in June. It was such an impressive display of pageantry to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

You can pre-book seats on the Mall or just turn up on the Saturday morning in May. It is a rehearsal so no Queen or flypast, but so worth while for pomp and ceremony and colour and sense of occasion. We arrived on HorseGuards about 9.30am and secured a good position to see the procession. Then moved between Horse Guards... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

The very image of what one thinks of when one thinks of England... The pageantry... The formality.... The tradition..... For any Anglophile.... This official celebration is a must. Scope out a spot on The Mall the day before and get out here early.... I was there at 7AM in a spot down close to where the procession turns to go... More 

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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We were lucky to secure 2 tickets through the ballot system, it was an amazing morning, the British doing what they do best. Will certainly be trying for tickets again next year.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

What a fantastic day out. All the organisation going into this event does not take away any of the enjoyment. Superb atmosphere all Day. I can't wait to get tickets for next Year

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

While we didn't get tickets to the actual ceremony at Horse Guards, we stood outside Buckingham Palace to see the royals on their way to and from the Trooping ceremony (and after seeing the Trooping ceremony on TV later, I can say that we almost certainly still would have enjoyed viewing everything from the mall more than going to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

After watching on tv so many years it was even more magnificent in person than I could have imagined. I wasn't at Horse Guards but on The Mall and I got there just before 8am and had a good choice of where to stand at the front of the barrier. There are lots of trees and posts so picking a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

This event always gives me goosebumps and makes the hairs on my arms stand up. As always us Brits know how to put on a show. The soldiers and cavalry are incredible and you can see the horses are well looked after. A must event in your lifetime. Makes me proud to be British.

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Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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