The Queen's Birthday Parade

9 June 2018

The Queen's Birthday Parade

Seated tickets: Tickets for The Queen’s Birthday Parade are by online ballot only. The online ballot will close on 1st March 2018, with successful entries being selected and notified in March 2018.

Wheelchair tickets: Purchase wheelchair tickets (maximum of two) below for The Queen’s Birthday Parade. All wheelchair tickets are accompanied with a free carer ticket.

Standing tickets: Standing tickets to The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be available from 2nd March 2018, after the ballot for seated tickets closes.

Ticket Prices
Seated £35 Wheelchair £35 Standing £2
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Overview

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will Troop their Colour in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on 9 June 2018. 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. Over 240 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish 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 9th June 2018.

How to watch

Members of the public can watch from the stands on Horse Guards Parade by applying for tickets through the ballot.

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. On the day of The Queen’s Birthday Parade only (9th June), the fly-past by the Royal Air Force takes place (only on QBP 9th June) 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 9th June 2018.

Tickets and prices

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:

Major General's Review

Standing: £2
Seated: £5
Wheelchair (+ carer): £5

Colonel's Review

Standing: £2
Seated: £10
Wheelchair (+ carer): £10

The Queen's Birthday Parade

Standing: £2
Seated: £35
Wheelchair (+ carer): £35

Please note: there is no group purchase of tickets for multiple events. Tickets for each event must be purchased separately.

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 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.

What to wear

The Queen’s Birthday Parade:

This is a formal State Ceremonial Parade in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. Those attending are required to dress accordingly. As a guide, you should dress in a similar manner as you would for attending a wedding.

Morning dress , 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.

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