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London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

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London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

My wife and I will be in London on the day of the Trooping of the Colour (Jun 15). We are not interested in standing along the street for 4 or 5 hours so trying to see some part of the parade is out of the questions. We are wondering how this event might impact other sites and services during the day. Would this be a good day to take in Windsor Castle and avoid all the commotion in London?

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1. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

Trooping The Colour affects nowhere in London except for The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.

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2. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

And Buckingham Gate/Buckingham Walk, Birdcage Walk, Horseguards Road and possibly Whitehall...

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3. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

>>>"Would this be a good day to take in Windsor Castle and avoid all the commotion in London?"<<<

Yes.

Her Maj and all the other tourists will be in London. You might get lucky and have the place all to yourselves.......now there's a thought! ;-)

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4. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

Both will be busy - as they are every other day of the year. Away from the main bit around The Mall and Horse Guards, which is a ton of London you wouldn't know it was going on. No need to make serious plans to avoid.

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5. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

I once went to see the gun salute in the park, and my recollection is that that was not at all crowded. If that is the case, it could be a way of seeing something of the event without having to get in place on a pavement first thing in the morning. In general, I tend towards the view that there is a lot more worth seeing in London that has nothing to do with the monarchy.

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6. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

There are some restrictions at Windsor that weekend. I copied this from their website:

14-17 June 2013: St George's Chapel closed

16-18 June 2013: State Apartments closed

17 June 2013: CASTLE CLOSED

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7. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

"it could be a way of seeing something of the event without having to get in place on a pavement first thing in the morning."

Though Trooping the Colour has no impact on London, apart from on traffic in the area immediately surrounding it, it's impossible to be within 100 yds of the processions or the parade ground without being surrounded by huge crowds. The gun salute from Hyde Park is a far-distant sound effect, utterly unconnected (except by radio signals to ensure synchronicity) with the main event.

Crowds elsewhere in London are no greater and no less during Trooping the Colour than on any other day of the year. The whole point of a real city in a benign climate zone and protected by the sea from physical invasion is that no one single event short of full-out aerial bombing raids has ever done more than scratch the surface of daily life since the Great Fire of 1666..

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8. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

Check out London's road closures

www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/events/default.aspx

You will see that Trooping the Colour affects fewer roads that other less publicised events

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9. Re: London or Windsor on Trooping of the Colours?

flanner, the point was that the OP may enjoy seeing the gun salutes. For the Queen's official birthday the salutes are fired in Green Park, rather than Hyde Park, and the Tower of London.

royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/GunSal…

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