The Major General's Review is almost identical to the full The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), with the exception that it excludes the Guardsmen Street Lining on the Mall.
Taking part will be 1400 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with 400 Musicians from the Massed Bands, all of whom will parade on Horse Guards for the first of two formal Reviews.
The soldiers will be inspected by Major General Ben Bathurst CBE, Major General Commanding the Household Division.
Members of the public can watch from the stands on Horse Guards Parade by applying for tickets.
Alternatively, a limited view can be obtained by standing on The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards (their view may be somewhat obscured by troops in this position) from 9.00am. These public vantage points are indicated on the map with black dotted lines.
The Parade begins at Horse Guards at 10.00am and will finish by 12.25pm.
The Major General's and Colonel's Reviews have a restriction on the number of tickets purchased to no more than 100 per application; if a group requires more, please contact us. Wheelchair tickets are limited to a maximum of 2 per booking. Each wheelchair ticket includes a space for a wheelchair and a seat for a carer.
For The Queen’s Birthday Parade, tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade are allocated by ballot. Up to a maximum of 4 tickets can be applied for. Successful ballots will be notified in March 2018. Unfortunately, if you are not successful in the ballot you will not receive an email.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Wheelchair (+ carer): £5
Wheelchair (+ carer): £10
Wheelchair (+ carer): £35
Please note: there is no group purchase of tickets for multiple events. Tickets for each event must be purchased separately.
Arriving by Train:
The nearest Railway Stations are Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria.
Arriving by Tube:
The nearest Tube Stations are Westminster, Embankment, Charing Cross, St James’s Park and Victoria.
Arriving by Car/Taxi:
Access to Whitehall will be via Parliament Square. On arrival at the junction of Parliament Square and Parliament Street, please have your tickets ready for checking by the Metropolitan Police and Household Division soldiers. Vehicles will be allowed to drop off at Horse Guards entrance but not to park. All vehicles will then be directed to leave Whitehall via Horse Guards Avenue.
On Arrival in Westminster area:
Depending on which stand you have been allocated, you will need to go through the correct security checkpoint as follows
- Seated Stands A, B, C and Standing Inner Line of Sentries North - via The Mall, Horse Guards Road (north) and Admiralty Citadel.
- Seated Stands D, E, F, G, Wheelchair (Special Enclosure North) and Special Enclosure South – via Whitehall and Horse Guards Arch.
- Seated Stands H and J - via Downing Street and Treasury Passage (for the Major General's Review and Colonel's Review only). On the day of the Queen's Birthday Parade please use the same directions as given for stands K-N below.
- Seated Stands K, L, M, N and Standing Inner of Sentries South - via Birdcage Walk/Great George Street and Horse Guards Road (south) and Churchill War Rooms.
Basic toilet facilities are available between stands C and D and G and H.
Please check the map provided on your ticket to view the entrance points for each Stand/enclosure. You must use the entry point for your stand. If you try to use a different entry point, you may be re-directed to the correct one which will involve more walking and take more time.
Please arrive in good time (minimum of 50 minutes in advance) to allow for security searches. Children over the age of 2 cannot be admitted without a ticket.
Major General's Review:
This is a formal Parade and those attending are encouraged to look smart.
Lounge suit or jacket, tie and trousers; equivalent for the ladies (no denim please).
Serving Military personnel may wear Ceremonial Day uniform (with medals) or equivalent.
NON COMPLIANCE WITH THE DRESS CODE MAY RESULT IN REFUSAL OF ENTRY.
Hats are optional but are recommended for paying the necessary compliments to Her Majesty and the Colours as they pass, as well as giving the necessary protection from the sun.
Please also consider bringing a coat as the Stands are not covered and the weather can change during the course of the Parade.