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Trooping The Colour

12 June 2021

REVIEWED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

In the interest of fairness we will not be running a ballot for 2021, instead inviting those winners of the 2020 ballot who completed their bookings but were unable to attend due to the events having to be cancelled. We hope to return to running a public ballot for Trooping the Colour 2022.

Limited standing tickets may become available to purchase at a later date

Ticket Prices
Seated £40 Wheelchair £40 Standing £10
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Overview

F Company Scots Guards will Troop their Colour in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on 12 June 2021, we hope, subject to the national situation. Taking part will be up to 1450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with up to 400 musicians from the Massed Bands. Over 240 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will line The Mall.

The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have been first performed during the reign of King Charles II (1660–1685). In 1748 it was decided that this parade would be used to mark the official birthday of The Sovereign. It became an annual event after George III became King in 1760. Guards taking part are drawn from the Regiments of The Sovereign’s Household Troops. It has become the practice for them to troop their Colours in turn.

Her Majesty The Queen has taken the salute at every parade since her accession to the throne in 1952 other than in 1955 when there was a national rail strike. Her Majesty‘s actual birthday is 21st April. The Sovereign’s official birthday is marked by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, which this year falls on the 12th June 2021.

How to watch

A limited view can be obtained by standing on The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards (the 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. On the day of The Queen’s Birthday Parade (12th June), the fly-past by the Royal Air Force takes place at 1.00pm and can be watched from the Mall.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade is also broadcast live on the BBC in the UK on 12th June 2021.

Tickets and prices

Trooping the Colour reviewed by The Major General and Trooping the Colour reviewed by HRH The Duke of Kent have a restriction on the number of tickets purchasable at any one time. Customers will only be able to make a booking for a single section of between 1-4 seats for each event. If you require more than a single section of seats, for example you wish to purchase a section of 4 seats and another section of 2, you must first select your chosen section, complete checkout and then return to the website to purchase the second desired section. Wheelchair tickets are limited to a maximum of 1 per booking. Each wheelchair ticket includes a space for a wheelchair and a seat for one companion.

For Trooping the Colour reviewed by HM The Queen tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade are allocated by ballot. In the interest of fairness we will not be running a ballot for 2021, instead inviting those winners of the 2020 ballot who completed their bookings but were unable to attend due to the events having to be cancelled. We hope to return to running a public ballot for Trooping the Colour 2022.

Ticket prices are as follows:

TROOPING THE COLOUR REVIEWED BY MAJOR GENERAL C J GHIKA

Standing: £5
Seated: £10
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £10

TROOPING THE COLOUR REVIEWED BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT

Standing: £5
Seated: £20
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £20

TROOPING THE COLOUR REVIEWED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

Standing: £10
Seated: £40
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £40

There is no group purchase of tickets for multiple events. Tickets for each event must be purchased separately.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, tickets purchased can be refunded up until the day of the Queen’s Birthday Parade. For all events taking place, ticket holders will be temperature checked. Anyone who fails this temperature check you will not be permitted to attend and will be given instructions on how to claim a refund. If you choose to print your tickets out please be careful with them when attending the event you have booked for as we are not liable for lost or stolen tickets and cannot replace them.

Origins of Trooping the Colour

Regimental flags of the British Army, historically described as ‘Colours', are consecrated and display insignia worn by the soldiers of respective units. The primary role of a Regiment's Colours was to provide a rallying point on the battlefield. This was vitally important because, without modern communications, it was all too easy for soldiers to become disoriented and separated from their unit during conflict.

For soldiers to recognise their Regiment's Colours, it was necessary to display. This was done by young officers marching with the Colours held high between ranks formed up in lines. This is the origin of the word ‘trooping'. So, what today is a great ceremonial tradition began life as a vital parade designed to aid unit recognition before a battle commenced.

The Foot Guards are amongst the oldest Regiments of the British Army and have served as the personal bodyguards of The Sovereign since the restoration in 1660 following the English Civil War. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have been performed first during the reign of King Charles II (1660 – 1685). In 1748, it was determined that this parade should mark the official birthday of The Sovereign, becoming an annual event when George III ascended the throne in 1760.

Although Her Majesty The Queen's actual birthday is the 21st April, the spectacular ceremony of Trooping the Colour remains the single national celebration of The Sovereign's official birthday.

How to get there

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 Trooping the Colour reviewed by The Major General and Trooping the Colour reviewed by HRH The Duke of Kent only). On the day of Trooping the Colour reviewed by HM The Queen 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.

Limited toilet facilities are available (please refer to what to expect section) 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 will 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.

What to wear

This is a formal State Ceremonial Parade in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. Those attending are required to dress accordingly.
Morning dress, lounge suit or jacket, tie and trousers, equivalent for ladies (no denim, shorts or sandals).
Serving Military personnel may wear Ceremonial Day uniform (with medals) or equivalent.

Children are also to be dressed smartly.
Sports shoes, T-shirts, denim, flip-flops & casual shoes are strictly not allowed. If you do not adhere to this dress code, you will be refused entry.

Final say regarding dress code lies with the ticket scanners/ushers. The Household Division reserves the right to refuse entry to those who are inappropriately dressed. The lead name on this booking is responsible for informing all guests of the above.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 please ensure you have a face mask on your person when attending these events.

NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE DRESS CODE WILL 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. Umbrellas/parasols are not permitted to avoid obstructing views.

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