Trooping the Colour

Happy “official” Birthday Your Majesty.

(c) Buckingham Palace Press Office

Today the Queen celebrates her official birthday with the Trooping the Colour parade in London.

After yesterday’s post about how little the Monarchy costs when compared to a litre of petrol, I thought it would be good to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, and also show an example of a tradition that has become a very popular event with tourists. I remember watching Trooping the Colour on the BBC as a young boy, and even today the event brings feelings of pride in my British heritage, and in the hard work, loyalty and duty of our armed forces. This year’s ceremony is also important because for the first time a woman is the commanding officer of The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and will lead them past Her Majesty. Major Erica Bridge is the first female commanding officer in the 350-year history of the Household Division.

You can see photographs from Trooping the Colour 2008 on the BBC Website here, and also a short article on the BBC News website.

You can read more about Major Erica Bridge in the Telegraph.

You can learn about the role of the Monarchy in modern Britain at The Monarchy Today which is a section of the official website of the British Monarchy.

Image (c) Buckingham Palace Press Office

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