2011 Trooping the Colour


2011

Huw Edwards presents coverage of the world's most famous military parade, where the Colour of the Scots Guards is trooped to mark Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday.


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This is the Warrior, one of the family of armoured vehicles being

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used by British forces in the harsh conditions of Afghanistan and, over

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the past 12 months, the 1st Battalion Scots Guards have been

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among those on active service there. But today, they are swapping the

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Warrior for the smart tunics and bearskins as history is being made

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on Horse Guards Parade. For the first time ever an armoured

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infantry battalion is taking pride of place at the Queen's Birthday

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It is a proud day for all of those taking part in the 59th Birthday

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Parade of the Queen's reign, but especially for the 1st Battalion

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Scots Guards, accompanied by the pipers in their splendid Royal

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Stewart Tartan because they have the honour of tripping their colour

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today. It is the first time for nine years that the 1st Battalion

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has provided the Escort. Let's not forget this time last year, they

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were not here, they were serving in Afghanistan. They are due to return

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next year. But for 2011 we have all seven regiments of the Household

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seven regiments of the Household Division present in London for the

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birthday Parade, the first time for a long time that has happened. And

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of course they will be remembering all of those members of the armed

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forces, 77, who have lost their lives on active service in the past

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12 months. The thousands who attend this event every year do so to pay

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tribute and of course to enjoy the unbeatable display of military

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drill and music. Among those in the stance, heads of the armed forces,

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veterans and their families, diplomats, a senior politicians

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including the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary. There will

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be thousands watching along the Mall, they will be kept in place by

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the street liners, men of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, who were

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dip -- deployed to Afghanistan until a few months ago. It is a

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very special day for the Irish Guards. Their newly appointed Royal

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Colonel will be riding on parade for the first time. That is Prince

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William, the Duke of Cambridge, who will emerge from Buckingham Palace

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in a short while. His wife Catherine will watch the parade for

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the first time as a member of the Royal Family. Those of you wanting

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to watch live unedited coverage of this year's parade, especially the

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fly-past later, press the red button on the handset. The hallmark

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of the parade year after year is that careful preparation, that

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that careful preparation, that attention to detail. Clare Balding

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can tell us more about it. This is one of the most important -

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- impressive sights, this is Achilles. It is his 5th time on

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parade. He has had an early morning bath and a hairbrush and he is

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going to show the way to this fellow. This is Celt, he is six

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years old, it is his first time. He will be looking perfect. They have

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to have a lot of training and this guy, Digger, is still a novice. He

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is 20 hands high, he is the biggest horse in Great Britain, but they

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have to get used to the weight and the vibration of the jumps. There

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are no horses for the Scots Guards, they are a Armoured Infantry

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Battalion, and their chosen charger We're on day three of our initial

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rehearsals for the Queen's Birthday Parade. You're sort of getting rid

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of the cobwebs, getting the format of the Parade back into the heads

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of the Guards so they'll all be thinking and singing from the same

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song sheet. Escort to the Colour... The last time the Battalion trooped

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the Colour was in 2002 and I'm hugely conscious of the history and

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tradition that has gone before us and all that we will be

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representing on the day. Good. Although we are Guardsmen we are an

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armoured infantry battalion serving in an operational deployable

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brigade. So we have to bring the boys back to basics, you know, arms

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swinging together, basic foot drill. All these little movements we'll be

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trying to achieve. Force the left arms in against the body! This is

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the first time ever that a non- London District Guards Battalion

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will troop its Colour. So the boys need to put that extra bit of

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effort in because there will be a lot of eyes on the Battalion.

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Personal drill has got to be immaculate, very smart. All the kit

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has got to be done perfectly, boots have got to be gleaming, brasses

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have obviously got to be shining. It is quite daunting having very

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limited ceremonial experience to being in front of the eyes of the

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world and Her Majesty as the Ensign. Trying to make sure that the

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Colours are presented gracefully whilst not being dragged along the

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ground is a bit of a challenge for myself, being not the tallest of

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The drill just now and the Queen's Birthday Parade is the number one

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priority, but you need to keep on top of your, like, soldiering

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skills because I was on the drill square yesterday and now I'm doing

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the gunnery because as soon as we've finished doing the Queen's

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Birthday Parade in June we'll be preparing for our next tour of

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Afghanistan again. It will definitely be a lot more

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challenging for us, the boys preparing with the Warrior vehicles,

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they're gunning, they're driving, they're commanding and then they're

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back on the drill square the following day. As Guardsmen we

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never say we're nervous, but I'd be lying if I'm saying I'm not nervous

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for the boys. This time last year I was always nervous for the boys

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when we were in Afghanistan. Knowing them as Scots Guardsmen

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then we'll stand tall and we'll show Her Majesty where our Third

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The other aspect of their work, 1st Battalion Scots Guards are the only

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Armoured Infantry Battalion among the Foot Guards, they are trooping

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their colour today. A few specks of rain, let's hope they clearer way

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for up the battalion stationed in Catterick in North Yorkshire. The

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Catterick in North Yorkshire. The senior company is Right Flank,

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providing the Escort today. Another of those companies, B Company, is

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providing No 2 Guard today. No 3 Guard is provided by F Company

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Scots Guards. Let's have a look at the far end of the parade ground.

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That is No 6 Guard, formed by Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards.

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Next to them we have No 5 Guard, provided this year by Prince of

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Wales Company Welsh Guards. No Welsh Guardsman on parade for the

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past two years so good to see them back. No 4 Guard provided by

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Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, most of the soldiers passing out of

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basic training spend time with Nijmegen Company. There we have the

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focus of the parade, the Queen's Colour of the 1st Battalion Scots

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Guards, bearing no fewer than 41 of the regiment's 91 battle honours.

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The Colour Party is protecting the Colour. The Sergeant of the Lescott,

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Colour Sergeant Chris Millin, 24 years of service in the Scots

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Guards, his fourth and final birthday Parade. For centuries with

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him, Guardsman Christopher Veevers and Thomas Hyams. Everybody taking

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orders from one man who has been talking to Clare Balding. We a

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whiff Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp. Very proud moment for you and

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your Battalion. It is and we have some great weather and hopefully we

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will put on a fantastic parade for the Queen, our families and the

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great British public, all of whom have been incredibly supportive of

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us in Afghanistan and now that we are back. You have to form a very

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strong bond with this lady, Burniston, she is 19 now. She knows

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what to do. She does, she has done the parade more times than I have.

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She came up to Catterick in North Yorkshire in January and I have

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tried to ride her pretty much ever since. She is the apple of my eye.

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You have bonded. That is fair to say. Is there any particular aspect

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of the parade that has been going through your mind? The field

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officer always has half the night on the rein back, that is a moment.

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I don't really start to enjoy the parade until that is over. But I am

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determined to try to enjoy it as well as do my job. We wish you the

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best of luck and thank you. Thank you. Someone who knows (will turn

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off -- Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp well is my special guests.

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Commanding this parade himself in 2009, so he is very familiar with

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every detail. He is Colonel Ben Farrell, who until last year it was

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Commanding Officer of the Irish Guards. He led the 1st Battalion on

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operations in Afghanistan. It is a great honour to have you with us.

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Good morning. What are you looking forward to? I am hugely looking

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forward to seeing my very good friend Lincoln, as commander of

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parade, putting in a stunning performance. We see him considering

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what is before him, and the responsibility, what do you make of

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that? I remember this moment very well, under the arch and ready to

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come out. Recently riding up with Prince William, Lincoln was, before

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coming today. Prince William says my grandmother knows this parade

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extremely well, knows the details of what everybody should be doing

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and saying. No pressure! We will be measuring the pressure a little

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later. We are looking forward to a birthday Parade with a distinctly

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Scottish flavour. Boosted by the President -- presence of no fewer

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than 28 pipers and drummers, a very special quality to the parade. They

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have been sharing their shop -- He When they hear the bagpipes and

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they're away from home all Scotsmen always think of home. We do take

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our pipes to Afghanistan with us and we take the drums which gives

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us the opportunity to be able to play some morale-boosting music to

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the troops. We put the music together for the Queen's Birthday

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Parade whilst still out in Afghanistan. I spoke to Major

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Robertson and via e-mail and we put the tunes together. The music will

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be played by the Massed Bands of the Household Division and then

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indeed the Pipes and Drums. What an amazing mix. Because I'm the junior

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piper, I am really looking forward to performing on the Queen's

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Birthday Parade. I feel really proud wearing the Royal Stewart

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Tartan which is a Tartan of the Regiment and parading of course for

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Her Majesty the Queen. Each member of the Pipes and Drums is a fully

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trained infantry soldier. I think quite often when people see us on

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parade they don't actually even realise that we are soldiers at all.

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We are not just musicians. First and foremost, we are fighting

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When I was in Afghanistan, part of my job was also as an interpreter,

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speaking to locals, we'd sit down and we'd have a cup of tea and a

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chat. The relationship with the locals helped the Scots Guards

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because they would come up to us and tell us where IEDs were.

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Pipes and Drums deployed with the battle group to Afghanistan during

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2010. Unfortunately, Corporal Monkhouse was killed in operations.

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My friend Stephen Monkhouse was unfortunately killed during an

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ambush. He was posthumously awarded the Military Cross. It is something

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that the Pipes and Drums have had to bear and it's something that

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The music from the Pipes and Drums will breathe a sense of passion and

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pride to those listening and marching to it. The minute that

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music strikes, there will be no doubt in anyone's mind that this

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could only have been a Trooping the The crimson pipe banners on parade,

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reflecting the rich heritage and traditions of the pipers in the

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Scots Guards. At Buckingham Palace, the first Royal procession is about

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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In the first carriage we have the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of

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Cambridge, the Duke of York and Prince Harry. The Duchess of

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Cambridge, of course, the first time at the Queen's Birthday Parade

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as a member of the Royal Family. Her first ceremonial occasion as

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the Duchess of Cambridge. Six weeks ago she was the centre of attention

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on her wedding day, today still plenty of interest in her presence

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and appearance, but the centre of attention today will be Her Majesty

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the Queen because it is her The crowds already voicing their

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enjoyment and appreciation. Clare Balding is with them. To get in

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this position with the perfect view of the carriage procession you have

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to be very early. What time did you get it? 7am. Your accents suggest

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you have come from further away than down the road. We came all the

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way from Michigan in the United States and we are here studying for

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a couple of weeks and we had to be here. What is it in particular

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about trooping the colour that has grabbed you? We are excited to see

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the members of the Royal Family. Excited to see cage and William.

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Kate and William. Where have you come from? Cambridge. Did you watch

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the Royal Wedding? We watched on the television and came down the

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day after. Fantastic. Are you now going to move elsewhere? We will

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probably wait to see the horses going backwards and forwards. It is

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fantastic to see the horses. We are waiting to see Prince William, the

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Duke of Cambridge. He will come past for the first time in Trooping

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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The Royal Salute is sounded by the trumpeter of the Sovereign's Escort

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Lance Corporal Benjamin Ruffin. The Queen's official birthday is

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celebrated seven weeks after her actual birthday in April. Edward

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VII created the official birthday in June. There we have Prince

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William, the Duke of Cambridge. His first appearance at the Birthday

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Parade as Colonel of the Irish Guards.

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The other Royal Colonels, Prince of Wales, the Welsh Guards, Duke of

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Kent and the Princess Royal, Blues and Royals.

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The Duke of Edinburgh who celebrated his 90th birthday

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yesterday. The Queen and the Duke have had an

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incredibly busy few months, going back to mid-May when they made that

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historic state visit to the Republic of Ireland, the first ever

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by a British monarch to the Republic. Then just a few days

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later they hosted the state visit by the President of the United

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States, and Mrs Obama. As part of that ceremonial arrival the Scots

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Guards provided a Guard of Honour by that state visit by President

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Obama and they'll be much in evidence today, of course.

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To underline how busy the Queen and the Duke are going to be, in the

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autumn we already know that they'll be making a rift to Australia -- a

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visit to Australia, the Queen's 16th official visit to Australia

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and that will include the Commonwealth heads of Government

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Along the approach road, not far from Horse Guards Parade, the

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Duchess of Cambridge and other In the second carriage we have the

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Lady Louise Mountbatten winder, -- Windsor, and her father, the Earl

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of Wessex there, too. Number 3 Guard has opened up ready

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to welcome the guests, when they cross on to the Parade Ground The

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Prince Harry saluting The Colour as they cross the parade ground here

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at Horse Guards. Already in the stands we have the

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Prime Minister, some of his guests clearly prepared for the wet

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weather. Hopefully they won't need those tops and acres of plastic as

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There they go towards the Horse Guards Arch because they'll be

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watching the Parade, from the windows above the arch we can see

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they're dressed ready for the occasion, and the office once used

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many years ago by the Duke of Wellington, it is the best view of

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the parade ground. A magnificent sight along the the

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Mall and the Brigade Major leading the way. Lieutenant Colonel Andrew

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Speed, it's his first parade in this role, he took over the role of

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Brigade Major from Jeremy Bagshaw, who is now serving in Afghanistan

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but Jeremy was keen to send a message to his successor today.

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have been a Guardsman for 20 years and it's been a enormous privilege

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to have been a Brigade Major and run the state ceremonial and the

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Queen's parade is the pinnacle of that. I just say don't fall off,

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too many people watching and you might be late for the parade. The

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other one is that enjoy it. Enjoy it. I did. You rehears so much,

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there's not very much to worry about, you just go with the flow

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and it's a cracking day. Jeremy's advice to Andrew Speed of

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the Scots Guards who is leading the Sovereign's Procession today as

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Brigade Major. This year we have an international retinue, three South

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Africans, two of whom are brothers, the fourth member is. I am always

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struck by the two person as asof the parade. The diversity of

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society and the contribution of the Commonwealth nations to our armed

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forces are represented. Also reflects in a way the interest

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in the parade which seems to get greater every year. It does. I was

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very interested to fine out that over a million Germans tuned in to

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watch this last year. No doubt, they'll be doing the same again

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this year around the world, not to mention the many members of the

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British armed forces deployed Captain Kevin Davies, director of

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music of the Life Guards, leading the Mounted Bands of the Household

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Cavalry, the Queen's Birthday Parade, of course, famous for the

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appearance of the Mounted Bands and it's the second time captain Davies

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has directed the Mounted Bands for The Sovereign and Colonel-in-Chief,

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the Queen has taken salute. In that first time back in 1952, it

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was the Scots Guards providing the Prince William, the Duke of

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Cambridge, with the other Royal Colonels, as the Mounted Bands turn

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into the approach road and they tell the thousands waiting in the

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stands that this parade will begin in a few minutes' time.

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It's William's first ceremonial duty on horseback, the first time

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we have seen him in a bearskin as well. Ben was telling us he's been

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We are watching the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh making their way

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to this Birthday Parade. As we see the Duke there, it's worth

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remembering we have grandfather, father and grandson on parade as

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Colonels of Foot Guards Regiments. I think this is the first time in

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history this has ever happened so a very special day, not only from my

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point of view as an Irish Guardsman but to have Prince William on

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parade, but also very much from the point of view of the Royal Family

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and the uniqueness of the occasion for them. Prince William riding

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Wellesley and Clare was telling us a little about the preparations for

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the horses earlier. You know Wellesley rather well, don't you?

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do. What a brilliant horse he is. I think that the essence of Lincoln's

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presentation reflected the fact that you have to get to a point

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where you can ignore the fact that you aren't necessarily confident on

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the horse, but you are practised to a degree that you know you can

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concentrate on the parade and not worry about what the horse is going

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to do next and some of these horses are superbly schooled and it's a

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huge ask for them really to tolerate the crowds, the flags, and

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all the other movement on the day. So, they are remarkably well

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A great sight of the Sovereign's Escort making their way along to

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the parade ground. The Life Guards in their red tunics, the Blues and

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Royals will follow later, in their dark blue tunics. We can hear some

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kwroupbg voices shout -- young voices shouting, I am told there

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are 1,000 youngsters from Scouts and Brownies from all over the UK

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lining that route. There is a youth enclosure there. Groups are invited

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to attend in uniform as representatives of their respective

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organisations and there will certainly be some of those

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encouraging Prince William and the Queen as they pass on their way to

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Jack Hargreaves as the head coachman, his fifth time on parade,

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spent 23 years in the army, today riding McCarthy, the head horse is

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Jasper. Among those in the stands today there are ten inpensioners

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from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Pension he isers who --

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pensioners who always get invited and to enjoy the spect spectacle

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today. And now enjoying a little bit of sunshine on Horse Guards

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Then we have the non-Royal Colonels following, Lord Guthrie Colonel of

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the Life Guards and Lieutenant General James Bucknell of the

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stream stream -- Coldstream Guards. At the stroke of 11.00am the Queen

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will step on to the saluting base, the Royal Standard will be released.

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The Field Officer, Lincoln Jopp, will give his command and then The

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The Queen's first duty is to inspect the line for food Guards,

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that is traditionally a company by the Massed Bands and there we have

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the senior director of music, Lieutenant General Graham Jones,

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his fourth and final Birthday Parade after a long and

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He is preparing to conduct a fond Kiss. That is a selection of

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melodies associated with the Bard, Robbie Burns. Arranged by Major

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Douglas Robertson, who is in amongst the band, that he is

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director of music for the Scots Guards, another one of these

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distinguished musicians, he has a long career of 40 years behind him.

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A change of Music, to act and be done, arranged by Major Douglas

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Robertson. The Queen inspecting the line as her capacity as Colonel-in-

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Chief of fork seven regiments of the Household Division. These are

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the personal troops of the Queen. The Queen today wearing the brooch

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of the regiment, 1st Battalion As the inspection continues,

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important underline again what the relationship there is here, the

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strength of that relationship. it is a huge leap Europe -- proud

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day for all Guardsman today. For household troops, and it is also

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worth reflecting, these parades have their origin on the

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battlefields. The soldiers would wish us to emphasise that first and

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foremost they are fighting soldiers and they are carrying their weapons

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today, the weapons they carried in Helmand province and a rack before

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that. They are far as Bath first and foremost fighting soldiers who

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perform to the excellent standards of the British Army were on parade

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for on operations overseas. I have always felt there is so much

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rehearsal and preparation to get us to this point in the parade, but

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this date is about showing off and each and every soldier thinking I

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am the smartest soldier. Showing himself off to his sovereign and

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the public. A notable by their absence today, the King's Troop and

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Royal Horse Artillery, they have stayed away because of a recent

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bacterial infection affecting their horses. The first time they have

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missed it in 14 years. We look forward to seeing them again next

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year. The procession turns around, past the Major of the Parade, Major

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Ben Ramsay of the Welsh Guards. There is the Major General William

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Cubitt, his fourth and last time at the Birthday Parade as Major

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General Commanding the Household Division, preparing for his

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retirement we are told at a farm in Norfolk. You know him well. I do

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indeed. After 34 years' service he is retiring. I would like to take

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this opportunity to pay a personal tribute to him. Having served under

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him in Bosnia in the early 1990s and then successively through the

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last two decades and most lately as the Major General Commander of the

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Household Division, I think I speak on behalf of all those serving in

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the Guards as a whole, to wish him the very best for the future after

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a superb career and we look forward to all that lies ahead of him.

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fewer than five drum majors on parade, their distinctive state

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dress, positioned at the head of each band, responsible for keeping

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time. That is that senior Drum Major, Ben Roberts, appointed in

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September last year. This is a very big day for him, his first Birthday

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Parade. This is my first Queen's Birthday

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Parade as a Senior Drum Major. To wear the state dress jacket is

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probably the most rewarding thing, especially on Trooping the Colour

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as well. This is what my career's all about, you know, I have dreamt

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about this job ever since I joined the Army. Being in charge of four

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Drum Majors and probably the best Massed Bands in the world on parade

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Quite a responsibility for Ben Roberts. Previously in the Corps of

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Drums Of the battalion, he returned from Afghanistan in April. His

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first duty is to lead the Massed Bands as they play one of the most

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famous and popular pieces, Les Huguenots, arranged by Dan Godfrey.

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A big moment for the Massed Bands, it signifiers that the Birthday

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either raised a trombone gives the single for the massed bands to

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The quick march is the Glaswegian, a much written by Major James

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Howell, director of music at the Scots Guards between 1959 and 1974.

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The lone drummer, Lance Corporal Gordon Prescott, has broken away,

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marching to a position right of the Escort, preparing to beat the

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Drummer's Call that will signal that the next phase of the parade

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is under way. Lance Corporal Prescott, who served in

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Afghanistan's last year in the The drummer's call, an echo of the

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day when all battlefield commands Remainder, change arms. Stand at

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ease. Escort for the Colour in close

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The eyes front, which is achieved with no word of command given.

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Escort for the Colour will advance. By the left, quick march.

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Subaltern gives the order. The familiar tune of the British

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As we enjoy the Escort on the move, Ben, it's worth thinking about the

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logistical problems they've had in recent months. Yes, it is, Huw. I

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remember the year that we did it in 2009 we started our first rehearsal

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on 27th April in order to get us properly prepared for today and the

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Scots Guards being based in Catterick have had to move to

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Pirbright where they conducted rehearsals over the last six weeks

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or so. And, I am sure they're very much looking forward to returning

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to North Yorkshire in the coming The Escort, will stop 20 paces from

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the Colour Party. The music stops, they'll be ready for that transfer

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Escort for the Colour, halt. Escort for the Colour in open order, right,

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dress. Massed Bands will retire, about turn. The senior director of

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music moving through the band to the front ready for this next phase

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Guards attention. Change arms. The regimental Sergeant Major,

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Warrant Officer Ali Mackenzie marching from the rear of the

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Escort, he will be collecting the Ensign. They will then collect the

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Colour. Ali Mackenzie, when he was an instructor at Sandhurst had as

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one of his cadets, Officer Cadet MUSIC: The National Anthem

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Escort to the Colour, slope arms. The Ensign, Sergeant Major resume

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their positions. The Escort for the Colour previously has now become

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the Escort to the Colour, ready for Escort to the Colour, change arms.

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Escort to the Colour will advance, The Escort advances in slow time.

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The tune is Escort to The Colour, arranged by Lieutenant Colonel

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Richard Ridings. A mesmerising manoeuvre, the spin wheel,

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performed by the Massed Bands. Among those enjoying the spectacle,

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The Escort forming into line, very soon the band will cut out and then

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we will be ready for the formal Every eye on the parade ground

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trained on the Colour. To the tune of The Grenadier Slow March the

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Escort does its duty today. The young Guardsman chosen to carry the

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Colour is Lieutenant Tom Ogilvy. He was commissioned into the Scots

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Guards in December 2009. He deployed to Afghanistan last year.

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He is conscious of his family's military heritage. His great-great

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uncle, Sir Gilchrist Ogilvy, served with the Scots Guards, he lost his

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life in the Great War. Being the Ensign, it's a huge honour to carry

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the Colour of the Battalion and with that goes an expectation to be

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the smartest man on parade and really it's a tremendous honour for

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me because it's the Guardsmans' colours they put everything into

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fighting for them and the pressure I feel is really just doing a job

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worthy of them. My primary focus on the day will just be trying to

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ensure that I stay in step with everyone behind me, that the

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Colours remain off the ground and are presented properly and also I

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will probably keep a beady eye out for my mum, give her a little wink

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or a nod. Very proud moment. Proud moment for

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Tom, including his mother in the stands today. The Colour presented

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by the Queen at Windsor back in 2002, the year of the Golden

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Jubilee, of course. After the Falklands conflict, and Tumble Down

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Mountain. In many ways, its origins are old-fashioned but today I

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always think relevance is as strong as ever in the sense it is the

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manifest representation of the contribution of a particular

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regiment, the history of the British Army and it's interesting

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to reflect when you look at the battle honours to see the army

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adapt and change to the differing circumstances of the nature of

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conflict required at that time and as a history and great story behind

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each one of those battle honours which they're enormously proud of.

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Equally, I think that the medals are an interesting reflection on

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all that's been done by the British Army in the last two decades really.

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I was first on this parade in 1992 and most Guardsmen on parade had a

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single medal from their contribution to Northern Ireland,

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of course, and now many, many soldiers on parade have numerous

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medals, really reflecting the huge amount of conflict the army has

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been involved in and the contribution these soldiers have

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all made. Escort to the Colour will advance. Left turn. Escort to the

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colour, change arms. Escort to the Colour, present arms.

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Numbers 1-5 Guards will retire. At the halt, right form. Quick

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The Guards reposition and prepare for the march-past when Her Majesty

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will take salute. The music is Hazelmere composed by Drum Major

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MUSIC: "Hazelmere" by Drum Major Numbers 1-5 Guards will advance.

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Guards well-advanced past in slow and quick time. -- will advance. By

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The march past in slow time is under way, have the grand operatic

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slow march by Norma, composed by Bellini. If so what we call a

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neutral slow march. He at this stage, just wondering what kind of

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message people on parade of given before it starts? I think before I

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touch on that, it is worth reflecting that Nick is beginning

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to feel things are going for according to plan at this stage. I

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remember some relief coming to me as we went into the march past.

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Having reflective -- reflected of all that the parade means, and

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before the morning we did this, I gathered the guards together

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because I wanted to try to inculcate a sense they were much

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more than the ceremonial sword just you see here, they were rather like

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a gladiator is going into a Coliseum and they were going to

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show themselves off not only to the nation and our sovereign, but to

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our enemies, to see the British Army handle it means to be a

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soldier in the British Army. And we would like to send a strategic

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message to everybody watching that this army is here on parade, the

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way it has been for many years, with all the values and standards

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it has always had, reflected here Leading the way, field officer

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Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp, followed by the Major of the Parade,

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Major ban -- Major Ben Ramsay of the Welsh Guards, who received his

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MBE today in the birthday Honours. He has been second in command of

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the Welsh Guards since March last Right Flank, senior company 1st

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Battalion Scots Guards. I am told that almost Guardsman is David

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Crookedake, 6 ft 8 inches tall. -- the tallest Guardsman. It makes you

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think these men are big stature, not just physically. Her they

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really are. Traditionally the tallest men in the army have been

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in the Household Division, but in recent years that has changed. You

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can see some very, very tall men on parade and some not so tall men.

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They make a huge contribution nevertheless, whatever their size

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of their background. Or wherever they are from. Watching with

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interest, the Prime Minister, and Among those men, too, in the 1st

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Battalion Right Flank, there are brothers, Lance Corporal Steven

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Skakle and Guardsman Scott Skakle. They are both from Aberdeen. Steve

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in the reconnaissance platoon in B Company and No 2 Guard today.

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think they are representative of the many families on parade in so

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many ways. We can think of fathers and sons, Brian and Sam O'Gorman

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today, second and third-generation The Queen prepares to recognise the

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Colour for as the Scots Guards take The Queen acknowledges, the Ensign

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has lowered the standard, it is called the flourish. Colours which

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have undergone a bit of restoration this year. The Colour was taken to

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Afghanistan twice and Iraq once. The Major General decided in need a

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bit of repair work and it is looking magnificent today. The

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Ensign raises it, that is called the recover. We have No. 2 card, B

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Company, 1st Battalion Scots Guards. The Duke of Kent, Colonel of the

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Scots Guards, looking on proudly. He has held that appointment since

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1974. No 3 Guard approaching, F The music changes to the Grenadier

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Guards slow march, skippered by Handel. No 4 Guard, Nijmegen

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MUSIC: "Scipio" by Handel. The music changes again to signal

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the arrival of the Welsh Guards. A final change, Figaro by Mozart.

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Followed by the Adjutant of the The music changes to Balmoral

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Castle, composed by Major James Howe. Field officer rides out and

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He will inform the Queen that the first phase of the March Past is

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complete. It means he can prepare We are on the ground and you can

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appreciate the precision of the movements, the power of the parade

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and the richness of the music, which this year has a Scottish

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flavour. The pipers are looking resplendent in their Royal Stewart

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Tartan and all of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards have new tunics. They

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will be particularly grateful that today is not a particularly hot one,

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because on a very hot day a Guardsman can lose up to six lbs in

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weight. We have a slight breeze and we have had some rain, and it is

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very cool, which is a blessing for them and the horses, who are

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waiting patiently. The Household Here with a burst of energy and

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purpose and style, the March Past begins in quick time, a neutral

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much first of all. The Road To The Isles arranged by Major James

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Howell and then we will have Moray Firth, composed by Rod Mackenzie. A

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great moment in this year's parade as the pipers move forward, taking

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pride of place. 16 Scots Guards pipers, four Irish Guards pipers.

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The Scots Guards pipers in full Highland dress, while Stewart

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There are 445 Guardsmen up on parade today and 225 of them are

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Scots Guardsmen. One of them, we have mentioned him already,

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Regimental Sergeant Major Ali Mackenzie from Stornoway, The Road

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To The Isles would naturally be his In among Number 2 Guard Jason

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Wharton, who was shot through the legs in Helmand, remarkably been

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able to make a full recovery. brilliant to see him on parade. I

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pay tribute to the Guardsmen, not only on parade, but widely and all

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soldiers of the British Army for their resilience and fortitude

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shown in Afghanistan in recent years. It's amazing to see some of

:15:48.:15:53.

them bounce back from very serious serious injuries so quickly and to

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show such utter determination to go back and join their colleagues and

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Ready for the march past in quick time, off they go. The Colour this

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time at the rear of the Escort. Right Flank. 1st Battalion Scots

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Guards. MUSIC: Hielan Laddie. Quick march of The Grenadier Guards

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MUSIC: The British Grenadier. The Rising of The Lark, which is

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Milanollo, the march of the And into the neutral quick march

:18:39.:18:45.

which is called Scottish Emblem, composed by Archie Ellis. The Field

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Officer rides out again and salutes the Queen, informing Her Majesty

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that the march past in quick time has been completed.

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The commanding officer, of course, marking a very proud moment, not

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just for him, but his family and his colleagues. He led the Scots

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Guards on operations in Afghanistan, leading them again today as they

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wish the Queen this happy birthday. Present arms.

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We are always striving to produce excellence in action, whether

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that's on the Birthday Parade or whether that's in Afghanistan.

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These men, they are quite, frankly, some of the most extraordinarily

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tough and resilient and brilliant men I have ever come across. These

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are the men that I took on operations. These are the men who

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received their Afghanistan medal and those same men with that same

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medal are going to have the opportunity to look their Sovereign

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in the eye as they march past and that's very special for me.

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His thoughts on today's duties. I wonder, Ben, how you were feeling

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at this stage. Well, Huw, about halfway or so, and you are not

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feeling overconfident but you are beginning to feel that it's gone

:20:08.:20:12.

well, it's going well. I think from all we have seen this morning it's

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been a fantastic parade, so far. The Scots Guards are doing a

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fabulous job and Lincoln is, too. He will be getting into the swing

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of it now, feeling very much it's an occasion to show off and put his

:20:24.:20:30.

Battalion firmly in front of the Queen. And allowing yourself the

:20:30.:20:34.

luxury of trying to stop someone familiar in the crowd? I remember

:20:34.:20:38.

trying to find my wife and children in the crowd. Eventually I did, I

:20:38.:20:44.

was probably more worried to see if they were behaving themselves, my

:20:44.:20:49.

children were paying attention or distracting other people. There's a

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serious element to the families being here to watch this parade,

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because the demands we ask of the soldiers and Lincoln mentioned it

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in his piece just now, these are extraordinary special people, the

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soldiers we see on parade, but they are supported by truly special

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people in their families who stay at home in many ways some of the

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easier part is to fight the Taliban, it's very tough to stay at home and

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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Shoulder, arms. Officers take post. In open order, left and right,

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dress. Massed Bands, move to the Now a change of pace as the Mounted

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Bands of the Household Cavalry move on to the parade ground led by the

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drum horses, I saw them being prepared this morning at about

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5.00am. They're the only horses in the British Army who hold an

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The Household Cavalry now making their way on to the ground led by

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the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals behind them. You can see how

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impressive they are in numbers. In battle this would have been a

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formidable sight. D squadron Household Cavalry regiment has

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recently returned from their tour of Afghanistan in May 2011. There

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are 250 horses in total in the Household Cavalry mounted regiment.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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235 black horses, 14 Grays and The Sovereign's Escort, the Field

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Officer today Major Nicholas van Cutsem. Some will remember him from

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Royal wedding day, he was Escort for William and Catherine as they

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Captain Simon Lucas riding Empress At the rear we have the Farriers

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and their dark blue tunics, carrying their glinting axes. The

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Life Guards Farrier there on the The trumpeter of the Life Guards,

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cueing the neutral trot, it's called Mondaymusk -- Moneymusk

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composed by Daniel Dow. That was Epernay ridden by Benjamin Ruffin.

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One in 20 of the Household Cavalry have have ridden before they join

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the regiment but what you are seeing here is the bond between a

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trooper and his horse, it's based on trust. There's so much to think

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about in terms of getting everything right that you can't be

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worrying about your horse. The best of them actually know and seem to

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learn the commands themselves and in battle that trust was crucial.

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Because over a million horses were employed by the British Army in the

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World War I. Sadly, only 6 2000 of There are currently 485 horses and

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610 dogs in service with the armed forces, the only animals still

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employed regularly on current operations are the dogs, tracking

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down and attacking the enemy and searching for the wounded and

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sniffing out explosives. Take a close look at the chin straps there,

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the way they're worn. The Blues and Royals, you can see there there

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wear the chin strap on the chin, the Life Guards wear it on the

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He the Mounted bands move forward to salute Her Majesty. Crossing

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their sticks in their special form Completing the second Birthday

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Parade for captain Kevin Davies as It is a great site, mounted fans

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wearing the oldest ceremonial uniform in the regular Army. It can

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only be worn if a member of the Royal Family is present and that is

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by permission of the monarch. There is an exception, at the request of

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A lot of interest above Horse Guards Arch, the Earl of Wessex and

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the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York,

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watching with amusement but Waiting for the signal, director of

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music turning his horse in to show that everything is ready. Guards,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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Here is the challenge, eyes front, no word of command, ripples down

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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My divisions, at a halt, right form. So to the tune of the Adjutant, by

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Tom Birkett, the guards forms into six divisions, ready to march off

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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Guards, on the Escort, form close The pace at stake is being returned

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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to the Regimental Sergeant Major Garrison Sergeant Major Gill

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knocked off the Welsh Guards, it is his sharp eye for detail which

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guarantees the success of so many of these events. Today, on his

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right arm, he is wearing a new badge, new officers badge of rank

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which was presented in time for the Field officer prepares to ask Her

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Your Majesty's guards are ready to Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp has

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sought and received Her Majesty's permission. He will now reposition

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himself on the St James' Park flank of Horse Guards Parade. As we make

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the final preparations for the end Some of the departures already

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taking place. Those members of the Royal Family watching the parade

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from the Duke of Wellington's of office have already left and are on

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the Mall. They are in lovely sunshine. There we have Prince

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Harry saluting, a very broad smile from Catherine, Duchess of

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Cambridge, her first Birthday Parade as a member of the Royal

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Family. Indeed her first ceremonial occasion since that wedding at the

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Prince Harry, who was promoted to captain within the Army Air Corps

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earlier this year in recognition of his service in the armed forces,

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now known as Captain Harry Wales in There we have the Earl of Wessex,

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Prince Edward. Today wearing the uniform of the London Scottish in

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his role of Royal Colonel of the London Regiment, that the

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appointment was made on 1st May this year. It is a Territorial Army

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infantry battalion with in the Guards Division. Lady Louise, of

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course, smiling and looking as if she is enjoying every moment of the

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day, as she did on the Royal Wedding when she was one of the

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Back on Horse Guards Parade. The Massed Bands leading the way for

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The march of music, the crags of Tumbledown Mountain, including the

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wonderful sound of the pipes composed by James Riddle and

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arranged by Michael Gray. A quick word about the tune because it was

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apparently composed in the days immediately following the Battle of

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Tumbledown Mountain in that effort If a word on those who were missing

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from today's parade, the space behind the wood normally have been

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filled by the King's Troop. We hope they will be back next year, and

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warm wishers in retirement as Bath diggers, who has done 16 birthday

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parades, now retired at the grave - - grand old age of 21. -- Spartacus.

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The crowds here was so looking forward to seeing Prince William

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riding and Trooping the Colour for the first time, and also Catherine,

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Duchess of Cambridge. They have not been disappointed and it has been a

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hugely enjoyable and impressive tomorrow the Queen and Duke of

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Edinburgh will be attending the service in St George's Chapel,

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Windsor. That is a special service to Mark Viduka's 90th birthday and

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will be followed by a reception at Windsor Castle. -- to mark the Duke

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A rousing cheer traditionally sounded when the drums stop playing

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in the black bear. Punctuating the They turn on to the Mall and it is

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a good moment to ask you, Ben, as you make your way along the Mall

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and as Commanding Officer, you are riding alongside Her Majesty, what

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is that experience? It is a mixture between relief and disbelief, I

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suppose, that you have successfully completed its without forgetting a

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single word, as Lincoln has done today. Without a horse managing to

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do something he should not have done. You're going down the Malc

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extremely happily, looking forward to going back into Buckingham

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Palace for a drink with the Royal Family. I remember going into

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Buckingham Palace and riding next to the Prince of Wales, he turned

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to me and said that must be a relief. He was right. I mustn't

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forget the fact that after the parade, many of the soldiers go on

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to duties and they mount the Queen's Guard for another 24 hours

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and will be guarding Her Majesty in As the Queen and the Duke of

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Edinburgh make their way back to the Palace, our coverage of the

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parade on BBC One comes to an end. But don't forget, as I mentioned

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earlier, you can see the fly-past, and it is today going to be very,

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very impressive, and the traditional balcony appearance,

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they will happen in a short while, you can press your red button and

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we will have continuing coverage. We will include all of that in the

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highlights this evening on BBC Two at 7:30pm. The 59th Birthday Parade

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Live from Horse Guards Parade in London, Huw Edwards presents coverage of the world's most famous military parade, where the Colour of the Scots Guards is trooped to mark Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday.


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