2012 Trooping the Colour


2012

Live coverage of the Horse Guard's Parade in London, where the Colour of the Coldstream Guards is trooped to mark Her Majesty the Queen's official birthday.


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Every year on a Saturday in June, the Sovereign's official birthday

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is celebrated with the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. And this year

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many uniforms will feature the Diamond Jubilee Medal, as the

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soldiers of the Household Division present their own birthday tribute

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to the Queen. The custom of honouring the Sovereign's birthday

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with a grand military parade goes back 200 years to the early 19th

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century. Some 1,200 troops will feature in today's event. The

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Escort, lead by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards whose colour is

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being trooped today, it's their first opportunity to provide the

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Escort since 1999. The guards are assembled in two ranks, a tribute

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to Wellington's tactics in battle and a reminder that these soldiers

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on parade today are trained and ready to fight. British forces have

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sustained more losses in Afghanistan in recent weeks

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bringing to 418 the number of British Forces personnel who've

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died while serving there since operations started in October 2001.

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Some 8,000 people are watching from the stands and around Horse Guards

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Parade today. Those invited include ambassadors and diplomats from the

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Commonwealth and beyond. Senior military figures and senior

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government ministers including Philip Hammond, who's attending his

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first birthday parade as Defence Secretary. There are more than 250

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soldiers lining the processional route along the Mall they're made

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up of 12 Foot Guards half-companies, comprising 14 officers and 240 men

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from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion Irish

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Guards. In a short while, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and other

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members of the Royal Family will leave for Horseguards.

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This year's coverage will be slightly longer than yuerbl in the

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Diamond Jubilee year. We are staying on air to give you live

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coverage of the balcony appearance after the parade and the fly-past,

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the most spectacular for years and continuous unedited coverage on the

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Red Button. There have been two full-scale practises for the

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Trooping of the Colour today. This is an underground car park, a

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temporary home for the King's Troop who relocated from their base in St

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John's Wood to wool wish. They have been here for a few weeks, they

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have been up early, making the horses look great and the guns that

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have been rebuilt, cleaned inside and out. The tackle here it dates

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back to the First World War. Rachel has been on this one for about an

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hour to clean it. These are small, chunky, sturdy

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horses. Different to those in the Household Cavalry. They have the

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mames hocked and chalks used here to ensure that all marks are gone.

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Also aiming for perfection are our Escort. We join them to see how

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their preparation has been going. The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

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has had a busy summer. Receiving new Colours colours from Her

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Majesty the Queen. Providing a guard honour in the state opening

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of Parliament. At all times staying focused on the next deployment.

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The demand is always focused on the operations coming up, past and

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present, but a director from the garrison the other day was to get

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everyone have the operations out of their heads, this is about the

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ceremony. Don't mess up. Get it right. Don't let anyone down. Too

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much work has gone into it. I would feel awful if I did anything wrong.

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The main thought this year is to make sure that the dressing left

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and to the right is immaculate. Without the straight lines when we

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are going around it throwing everything out.

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I'm not great horseman. I started to ride in September of last year.

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I am definitely struggling, but hopefully it should come right on

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the day. Everybody knows the Parade, the format. Everyone is getting

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into the right position at the right time. Then you have to get

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into the individuals, to tweak them, to ensure that the hands are in the

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right position, the chins, maybe raising your voice slightly on the

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odd occasion. To be able to go out there in front of millions of

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people to perform the Escort for the Colour it will be an absolute

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honour. I am likely to be thinking about

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what a huge honour it is to be taking part in the Parade, but I

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will be concentrating on stayingen the horse! There is no better

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motivation than getting it right than the Queen taking inspection on

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the day. I would like to think that all of us are thinking that today.

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Holding honour as fine Coldstreamers do.

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A sense of the intense build-up to the parade. So the Escort provided

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by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. It is the oldest regiment

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intownous service in the British Army. One of seven regiments in the

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Household Cavalry. These are the personal troops of Her Majesty the

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Queen. The 1st battalion is providing an elite service. The 1st

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Battalion Coldstream Guards priing Nos two and three guards. We have

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No.6 Guard found by F Company Scots Guards.

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80% of them are new to this parade. Then the 1st Battalion Irish Guards,

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over the summer they are providing lots of the security force for the

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Olympic rowing and canoeing down in Windsor.

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A look at No.4 Guard, Grenadier Guards. On top of ceremonial duties,

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the companies providing support to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

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serving in Afghanistan. They are serving with the Willie

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Walsh who deployed to Helmand province earlier this year. They

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sent a brief message for the parade. From all of us in Afghanistan, we

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wish you the best of luck on the parade today. We are looking

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forward to taking sentences next year.

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"Cymru am Byth"! A rousing "Cymru am Byth" as the Colour parties

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settle in. Let's say a few words about the regiment al Colour. The

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new colour presented by the Queen a month ago. The Queen's Colour of

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1st Battalion carrying 44 of the regiment's 144 battlements. It is

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the 16th June of it marks the 269th anniversary of the Battle of

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Dettingen. Colour Sergeant Paul Baines was awarded the Military

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Cross for his braery in Afghanistan in 2010, when he came to the aid of

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two comrades injured in a roadside bomb attack, despite being under

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intense enemy fire. One of four Military Crosses awarded to

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Coldstreamers in recent years. We are talking to his family later on

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in the programme. He is planked by Guardsman Gareth Etherington and

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Guardsman Kyle Dunbar. And the Officer Commanding today's

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parade, the Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, the formal title

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is Lieutenant Colonel Robin Sergeant. He has been talking to

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Clare about the challenges he is facing today.

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I am back stage with a real professional. This is Burnaston.

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She is 20 and knows what she is doing. Rob, that is a comfort?

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really is. She is not the flashy horse of the stable, but steady. I

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can rely on her. For an infantryman like me, it is fantastic to be

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doing the parade with her. How proud a day is this for the

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battalion? It is very proud. On the one hand, Trooping the Colour for

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the Queen is something that we take seriously. Of course this year the

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world's hies are on London with the Diamond Jubilee and with the

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Olympics as well. So a challenge and a different one

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for the guardsmen? There have been challenges this year that are extra.

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There is no question about that. We have played a large part in a

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number of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, that has made the

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preparation more disruptive than it might have been. The boys have work

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very hard around that. We are set for a good parade.

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I know that the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards had a number of

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really good candidates for the role of Ensign it was Rob's task to

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choose who should have it. One young officer takes centre stage at

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the Queen's birthday parade. We went to Sandhurst to meet the

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Coldstreamers competing for the role of Ensign.

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To be in front of the Queen will be overwhelming. It is not something

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that you take lightly it will be a nervous time for me, yes. My father

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was an Ensign in the 76 birthday parade it will mean a lot, having

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seen the photos, to hear his memories of it, to have my own.

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will mean a huge amount to me. There is a great responsibility if

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you are filling in the rather huge boots.

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Whoever gets to be the Ensign it will be a very well done, friendly

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pat on the back and we will catch up with a drink after.

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I am looking for someone who has proven professionally, but who also

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has a great sense of humour and is able to look after his men and lead

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from the front. On leaving Sandhurst, the officers

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are sent on infantry training. The perfect opportunity to show the

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qualities needed to be the ideal Ensign.

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They will be tired, stressed. You can't see much. So they will be

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working hard to identify what is going on. Around here this is

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important for the role that we can do. If we can get this right, it

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will be good for the person on the day of the Troop. The role of the

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Ensign, many people think is it a ceremonial role, that is all that

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it is, but it is a battle soldier. It is May, we are in Pirbright, the

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location where we practise for the Troop. We have selected the Ensign,

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it is 2nd Lieutenant Hugo Codrington, he will be out on the

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parade for the first time today. is wonderful news to discover I'm

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the Ensign. A great way to start life in the regiment. Hopefully I

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will not mess it up on the day for the guys who will be working hard

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over the next month. I think that Hugo is a very

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accomplished young officer. He has good people skills. He cares

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passionately about the men. That has come across in spades. I am

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confident that the drill will go well as well.

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So, the proudest of days for 2nd Lieutenant Hugo Codrington. We are

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hearing more about his family's links with the 1st Battalion

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Coldstream Guards later on. Someone who knows every detail of this

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event is my guest once again this year. He commanded the parade

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himself back in 2009, he is Colonel Ben Farrell. A warm welcome, Ben.

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Thank you, Huw. A very good morning and good morning to the viewers and

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to those watching us from Afghanistan.

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Let's talk about the Field Officer. You have been there and done it,

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what is going through his mind now? I've been talking to Rob. He seems

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relaxed and confident. Way -- I was feeling this way myself at this

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time. I have to say the Chief of Defence Staff, you know that the

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hierarchy of the nation, you begin to feel with all of that pun you,

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this is a bad day to fluff your lines! The first of the Royal

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carriages will be arriving in a few minute's time. That departure is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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The Duke of York and his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess

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Eugenie of York. In the second carriage there, and the first

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carriage we saw the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of

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Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Duchess of Cambridge who presented

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shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on St Patrick's Day

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this year. Representing her husband, the Duke of Cambridge. He will be

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riding today as Colonel of the Irish Guards. So as the Sovereign's

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procession is about to get under way. Let's join Clare Balding once

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again. I m right outside of Buckingham

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Palace with Captain Roly Spiller. A busy summer for you.

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Yes, most of the soldiers on parade today were on parade last week for

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the procession of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee now we are back

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here for the birthday parade for the Queen. It is very special and

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in the Jubilee Year we are looking forward to taking part.

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The horses have to concentrate hard. We will take them to Norfolk. We

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take them down to the beach and we ride them bare back in the waves

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which is a really different experience for the horses. Most of

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them won't have seen the sea before until we take them down and it

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develops the trust and a chance to cut loose a bit.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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The Royal salute sounded by the Field Officer's trumpeter as The

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Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh depart. They make their way towards

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Horse Guards Parade and a new development for us this year

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because The Queen and the Duke travelling in the glass coach today.

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Buckingham Palace says this is because of the unpredictable nature

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of today's weather. A glass coach which has been in regular use over

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the past century for many Royal weddings including the wedding of

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the young princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The

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Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 91st birthday last Sunday and he

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missed some of the Jubilee celebrations because of ill health

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and we have the Royal Colonels following.

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A great scene along the Mall. The short journey, just under a mile,

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to Horse Guards Parade from Buckingham Palace.

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The Duke of Edinburgh who left hospital a few days ago, after his

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ill health and the Palace say say he was determined to attend today's

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parade. Last night he host add dinner at Buckingham Palace --

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hosted a dinner at Buckingham Palace in his capacity as Colonel

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This is the scene along the Mall as the first carriages approach Horse

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Guards Parade. The Duchess of Cambridge, in the past year she has

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carried out her first solo Royal event and that was seen to be a

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great success. And Prince Harry, he has spent the last week on

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predeployment training in srving. In Suffolk. He is a fully

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operational pilot with the Army Air Lots of cheering from the crowds

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who have gathered here for the past two or three hours before the

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parade got underway. The first glimpse of the of the Duchess of

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Cambridge and Prince Harry. So these are the first carriages

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approaching Horse Guards Parade. What will happen, as they approach,

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we saw earlier that Number 3 guard had parted to make way for the

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first Royal guests. When they arrive on the parade ground, there

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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will be the National Anthem to Prince Harry salutes the Colour,

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wearing the uniform of a Blues and Royals officer, decorated with the

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medals of the Army Air Corp. The Royal party will have the best view

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in the house. They will be watching the parade from the Major General's

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Office which overlooks Horse Guards. It is the office once used by the

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Duke of Wellington as commander-in- chief of the British Army.

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Both sides of the Mall decked in Union Jacks as they were for the

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jubilee events. The the flags will be flying on all Government

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buildings until sunset and that's to mark the sovereign's birthday in

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the traditional way. Leading the parade is Andrew Speed. It is his

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job to make sure everything is up to scratch for the Queen's birthday

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to scratch for the Queen's birthday parade.

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It is our demonstration to the monarch of our commitment to her

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and it is a celebration of the fact that she has dedicated herself to

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the military and to the nation for 60 years. Sadly, this is my last

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year as the Brigade Major. I have been lucky enough to work with a

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really good team who hard work hard to produce these events. I am

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looking forward to what will be a cracking parade.

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Today, the Brigade Major is wearing a precious bearskin. It is on loan

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from the varn Varney family. Andrew Speed has promised to return it in

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perfect condition. The Blues and Royals was formed in

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1949. The Blues and Royals with their

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dark blue tunics and they are wearing the State helmet designed

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by Prince Albert back in 1942. They are followed by the glorious sound

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of the Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry, whose appearance

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is one of the high points of the birthday parade.

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The band directed by Captain Jason Griffiths. It is his first time in

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this role at Trooping the Colour. There we can see at the heart of

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the procession, the Queen's carriage, a bit further back,

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proceeded by the first and Second Divisions of the Sovereign's Escort,

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provided by the Blues and Royals. The Life Guards in their red tunics,

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well, we will see them later because they are providing the

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third and fourth divisions of the third and fourth divisions of the

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A remarkable thing to note today that The Queen, as sovereign and

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colonel of chief, has taken the salute every year really and

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certainly since that first time after the accession in 1952. Her

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first major ceremonial event since her father's death. Her Majesty is

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taking the salute at every single parade that was held, there was one

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cancelled in the 50s because of a rail rail strike, but every one

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that's been held since the accession 60 years ago.

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A glimpse for us there of the Royal Colonels. The Duke of Cambridge who

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will be celebrating his 30th birthday this month, on 21st June,

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The Prince of Wales, colonel of the Welsh Guards who has been awarded

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the highest rank in all three military services by The Queen.

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The Duke of Kent, of the Scots Guards and the Prince the Princess

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Royal, colonel of the Blues and Royals.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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We mentioned the Royal Colonels, we have the non Royal colonels too and

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have the non Royal colonels too and Ben has a word to say about them.

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It is nice to see General James Buck nel who is a friend of mine.

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He made an enormous contribution to our operations. He flew back from

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Afghanistan last year to attend and One of the regular fe features of

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the birthday parade, cheers of hundreds of children in the youth

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enclosure and we can hear them clearly today. This year's

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invitations were sent out to the boys and girls brigades and the

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The Queen's head coach man is Mark Hargreaves who spent 23 years in

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the Army including nine years with the kings troop. They will be

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making a dramatic entrance later on on the parade ground. As I say, the

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glass coach today, a new departure for us at the birthday parade, we

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have never seen it before and that's because Buckingham Palace

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says that the weather is rather unpredictable. Of course, The Duke

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of Edinburgh, who has not been well recently, it gives him a greater

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degree of protection as well. The Chelsea Pensioners represented

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by ten pensioners today with a combined service of 211 years, led

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by the Captain of Invalids, Major Philip Shannon who used to be

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Director of Music of the Irish Guards.

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On to the parade ground itself and Mark Hargreaves is preparing to

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produce his distinctive salute of the Colour using the whip.

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The Royal Colonels saluting as they pass the Colour and the non-Royal

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colonels, Lord Guthrie and and Lieutenant General James Buck nel

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will do like wise. The Queen will step on to the

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saluting base. The Royal standard Royal Royal Standard will be

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released and the National Anthem The the Lieutenant Colonel prepares

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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So, the Queen's first duty is to inspect her troops. This is

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Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell's first birthday parade as

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the senior Director of Music, appointed in November of last year.

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Just in time for the enormous challenges of 2012 with the Diamond

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Jubilee and the Olympic Games. He is kicting (Slave chorus from

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Nabucco) -- conducting. MUSIC: 'Va Pensiero' (Slave chorus

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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MUSIC: 'Va Pensiero' (Slave chorus The music changes to West Country

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songs. An arrangement of songs associated with the West Country,

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where the Royal Horse Artillery have a tradition of selecting music.

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The Queen travelling in the glass coach. She will be wearing the

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brooch of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

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Ben a lot is said about the very deep and meaningful relationship

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between these troops on the parade today and Her Majesty. Can you shed

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a little more light on that? Yes, Huw, the Queen is the Colonel-in-

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Chief of the seven regiments of the Household Cavalry. The five

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regiments of Foot Guards and the two regiments of the Household

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Cavalry. She has had an enduring and very

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special relationship with the Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry

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for many years. Of course, perhaps, even stronger these days, when we

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witnessed three generations of the Royal Family on parade. Of course,

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not forgetting that bother her grandsons are serving with the

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Guards. They take a pride in being the personal bodyguards of Her

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Saluting the kiengs troupe. The Royal Horse Artillery, whose lead

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gun financials at their Colour. That is why they are given their

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salute as the procession passes that point.

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In charge of all of the soldiers on the parade today is Major-General

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Norton. He commanded this parade himself in 2003 and 2004. He's been

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sharing his thoughts on his new role.

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My personal experience began in 1985 as a young officer fresh out

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of Sandhurst when I commanded a half company of street liners. Most

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recently it saw me commanding the parade both in 2003 and 2004.

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I was the Commanding Officer. A successful ceremonial calls for

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teamwork, attention to detail, discipline and alof these qualities

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translate directly to the battlefield. Albeit that the days

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of marching in straight lines on the battlefield are long gone.

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George Norton is one of several key figures taking part in the parade

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in a new capacity. The senior Director of Music, his musicians

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are making such an important contribution to this event.

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To be the senior of the Director of Music is the Queen's birthday is a

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dream come true for me. When a regiment of guards march past, the

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shoulders go back, the chest is out. The pride is bist bristling through

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the whole of their body language. It is really state ceremonial at

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its height. The Scarlett and the gold glinting. The Massed Bands and

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Her Majesty the Queen to preside over the proceedings. It is a

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wonderful occasion. So, the parade stands by for one of

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the most popular military marches known everywhere in the world.

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First played back in 1869. Is a big moment for the Massed Bands Of The

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Household Division it signifies that the Queen's birthday parade is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Massed Bands, by the centre, slow MUSIC: Equitum Aduentu.

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The raised trombone of Sergeant Charlie Hancock, gives the signal

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Massed Bands, by the centre, quick march! Nothing like it for rousing

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and stirring music. Now these quick marches, with an American flavour

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have been included at the request of Major General George Norton.

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Recognising the close co-operation of British and US forces in

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Afghanistan over the past 11 years. The lone drummer, Lance Sergeant

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Blake lock brakes away. He is from Tyne & Wear. He has served in

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Northern Ireland, Iraq and Long live our noble Queen, God save

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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The drummer's call, a command for the officers to take post. A signal

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that the next phase of the parade is about to start. The command of

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the escort is passing because in days gone by it was the subitor's

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Richard Crook was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. The escort

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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take up their escort in close order So the he is escort steps off. It

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is a proud moment on the way to escort the Colour. A remind We We

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mentioned the Light Infantry, define that? The infantry role has

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been to close with the enemy and in the closest, combat, but this role

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has become sophisticated over over recent years and units like the

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Coldstream Guards who are in Afghanistan, are engaged in

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training, mentoring and supporting the Afghan forces and passing the

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message to the population of Afghanistan that their purpose is

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there to provide a safe and secure future for the Afghan nationals.

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They have to be ready to operate in demanding and complex circumstances.

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Halt. Escort for the Colour.

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The Director of Music will move through to the front of the massed

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Guards, change. Change arms. Arms. What a moment for regimental

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Sergeant Major Daniel Morrell. He is ready to hand it over to the

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So he has taken possession of the Colour from Paul Banes and prepares

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to hand over possession to the Ensign. Second Lieutenant Hugo

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Escort to the Colour. NATIONAL ANTHEM

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Escort to the Colour. Slow. Arms. The Trooping of the Colour through

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the ranks is about to start. The regimental Sergeant Major returns

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to the rear of the guard. The two centuries take up position in the

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Escort to the Colour. Change. Arms. Escort to the Colour. By the centre.

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Slow march. So the escort is in slow time. That

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Here we have the vivid illustration of the challenge facing the bands

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when they need to change direction. They have They have little room for

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manoeuvre. They exercise a spin wheel. It is the most baffling move

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of the parade. Lots of stepping forwards and standing still and

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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suddenly, as if by magic they are So as the escort marches forward,

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every guardsman aware of the significance of what is about to

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happen. And for the Ensign, of course, bearing the colour, no

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doubting the honour for him and for doubting the honour for him and for

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his family. The Codringtons are a military

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family and there have been two Coldstreamers. This is The Next

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Generation to carry on this tradition and I am proud to be a

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part of and I hope it will continue long after I have gone too. Being

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an Ensign on the Queen's birthday is something that only comes around

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every few years. It is not something I ever expected I would

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be doing. So no doubting the Coldstream

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So no doubting the Coldstream credentials of the Codringtons, Ben.

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Indeed. As we look now at the formal process of Trooping the

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Colour, what does that signify? These parades have practical

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origins and formally within the Army, date back to 1746, but before

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that, barons and chief tans used to use their flags or banners as

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rallying points on the battlefield and they used to troop the flags

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through the ranks of their soldiers in order for them to recognise.

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What we see today, although very much a ceremonial occasion, has

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historical and practical roots. Often today we see colours, despite

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having no practical purpose, deploying with regiments overseas

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and I served with Coldstream Guards with Bosnia where we deployed with

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Lots of the guardsmen on parade today, highly decorated including

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the is service Medal which involves Iraq and Afghanistan. Some more

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medals today. Neil Lowry has been awarded the Service Medal today as

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has David Rogers, who is on parade. And he will shortly become the

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Queen's Piper. So a fantastic fantastic day for both of them.

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And in this Diamond Jubilee, 440,000 Diamond Jubilee medals have

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been awarded to those in the Turn. Escort to the Colour. Change

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arms. Guards, show arms. Officers take post.

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Quick march. The officers ordered to take post.

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Only the captains remain in front of the guards and the Colour moves

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Members One to Five will retire. About turn. At the halt. Quick

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So, the line opens up. A moment of relief, too, probably for lots of

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the guardsmen. They've been standing still for well over an

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hour, but it is not a moment to relax. The march-past is about to

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take place. Trying to keep that line of so many men straight is a

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precision task, really. It requires a lot of concentration and

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confidence. It is the embodiment of Members One, Five Guard will

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surveillance. About turn! Member Six Guard, close order, march! Move

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to the right in threes. These! Right. No.6 Guard have their own

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special manoeuvre to get into line. Quick time. By the left slow march.

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So, the splendid march-past begins with Cold stream Marches by Trevor

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MUSIC: Coldstream Marches. As we appreciate the precision and

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the Colour, a moment, Ben, to reflect on how long the Guards are

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allowed to prepare this year for the parade? We have always had a

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period described as spring drills, where the regiments could prepare

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for several months before the Queen's birthday parade. Over the

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recent years as the army has become increasingly busy, this time has

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been limited. None more so than this year when the 1st Battalion

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Coldstream Guards have been involved in so many different

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events before today. So they have no time for spring drills. We were

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warned of peaking early in our preparations for this parade. I

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think in my discussions with Rob, he said there was no danger of them

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peaking early, that he was hoping that they would peak today. Looking

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at it so far, I think they are achieving that here.

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Field Officer with the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. The

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major of the parade, Major Mark Lewis of the Welsh Guards.

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The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who first trooped their Colour for

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the Queen in 1954. This is the sixth time they've been given the

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honour. The last time was back in 1959.

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Guardsman Dowler, he is 6ft nine inches, one of the tallest members

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on the parade today. The Prime Minister and Samantha

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Cameron enjoying the parade with lots of other people in the stands.

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The Colour moves to the front of the Escort. Making the position

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ready for the formal march-past when the Queen will take salute.

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The timing is critical here. They have to get it off in perfect shape.

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This slow march is deceptively easy. The experts say it is very testing.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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On this gravel surface, it is Field Officer at the parade. The

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Queen acknowledges to the famous tune of Figure row, the cold cold

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slow march. -- the Coldstream march.

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The Ensign acknowledges the flourish.

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Decked with the laurel. Remember the Battle of Dettingen.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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The Ensign raises the Standard in The majestic slow march of the

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-- Handel. The Duke of Edinburgh, the Colonel

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of the Grenadier Guards. The Irish Guards slow march.

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Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, the Colonel of the Irish

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Guards. The music changes to the Scots

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The adjutant of the parade, Captain Frederick Wells of the 1st

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Battalion Coldstream Guards salutes the Queen.

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Captain Frederick Wells, the classmate of Prince William at Eton.

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One of the few Old Etonians serving at the moment, but it has a rich

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tradition of many being Old Etonians.

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Field Officer has ridden out to salute the Queen to show that the

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slow march-past is complete and the A very proud day, of course, for

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everyone on parade. Without exception and for their friends and

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families. Clare has been speaking to one proud mother a little

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earlier. Yes, I'm with Susan Baines, whose son, Paul is the Colour

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Sergeant today. What a day for you? Yes, it is really special to see

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him doing something like this instead of dangerous! He was

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awarded an MC? Yes, in Afghanistan on the tour of 2011, but he

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accepted, he wanted to ensure he accepted the award on behalf of his

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battalion, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards as they all do a

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special job. It is not just him.

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So, deflecting the personal attention for you. You have a

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personal link with the Queen? I was born on.coronation Day. So my

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mother named me Susan Elizabeth. Have a wonderful day.

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That little exchange, Ben, underlining for us, how important

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it is, when we think about the support and the backing provided by

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autumn of the families? Yes, Huw. It is often described as the unsung

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heroes, but of course, today, No1 in the charts is the Military

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Wives' Choir, but I think that I have support of everyone in the

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parade of everyone recognising that a critical part of being a soldier

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is the support of your wider family. A vital cog in the success.

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So, we have the Red Feathers. The neutral quick march. I'm not so

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sure how neutral that is. It does really allude to the red plumes,

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worn by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards when you see them

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on parade. The march-past was last MUSIC: Red Feathers.

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What is more apparent than anything, today, Ben, is the pride. The pride

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involved in putting on the best possible military display than

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anywhere in the world? That is absolutely right, Huw. I always

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like to reflect that what you are seeing today is the ceremonial

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occasion performed to the highest standard by battle-hardened

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soldiers. Looking at them today, the only part of the parade that

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has changed over the years are the weapons. They are carrying the bay

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nets that they deploy with. They are hugely proud much the dual role.

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You can see the highest standards today, reflected again in all that

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they do overseas. Since the operations began in Afghanistan and

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Iraq, the Household Cavalry troops have deployed on multiple occasions

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and made a vast contribution. The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

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have distinguished themselves on operations both in Iraq, recently

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in Afghanistan with two tours in the last few years and another tour

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imminent next year. Of course, the Scots Guards will

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deploy in October, 2013, as will one of the companies of the Irish

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Guards and the Household Cavalry will do so as well.

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I would also like to reflect on the fact that on parade today we see

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some of the most senior officers who have made a vast contribution,

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thinking about General James Bucknall. George Norton, both of

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whom have contributed three years of their lives to Afghanistan. That

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extends to the most junior of men. It really is a one-army effort.

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Some of the medals reflect that. There are a number of soldiers

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The quick march of the Coldstream Guards. A real sense of dynamicism

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and energy now. The Queen acknowledging the Colour

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at the rear of the escort this time, The quick march of the British

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girlfriend Grenadiers. St Patrick's Day, a quick march for

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Into the neutral quick children. Children of the Regiment.

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A moment for the Commanding Officer to pause a little to check the next

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stage in the parade. He has been telling us what the day means for

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telling us what the day means for him.

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Well, I feel proud to be representing the regiment and to be

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on the parade with my soldiers. I also feel I have a degree of

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trepidation as well, wanting to ensure the parade is of the

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standard that the forebearers in the regiment expect and Her Majesty

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expects as well. The message I give to my soldiers is one I'm going to

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give to myself which is to enjoy. It is wonderful part of it.

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The Field Officer's thoughts a few days ago. What will he be thinking

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days ago. What will he be thinking at this stage? Relief. Their motto

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is second to none. They set themselves high standards. He has

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not had any difficulties out there and they are doing a great job and

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they will be enormously proud of what we have seen today and it is

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all looking good for a great parade, Huw.

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The parade, of course, has so many elements which never change and

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that's why people love it. I have to say Horse Guards Parade has

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looked rather different over the decades, certainly since The Queen

:19:25.:19:29.

came to the throne. There is a sight for you. That goes back to

:19:29.:19:33.

the 1950s when Horse Guards Parade was used as a car park and that

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carried on for many decades, well into the 1980s.

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It is quite a thought then that on this very parade ground later this

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summer, there will be a different event taking place. Yes, Huw, on

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Monday the preparations for the Olympic Beach Volleyball commence

:19:53.:20:00.

here and I understand that there will be around 2,500 tonnes of sand

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laid and it was transform itself -- it will transform itself into an

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Officers take post. Quick march. The officers take post in front of

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the Guards again and to complete the formation of the line, they

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will take up their dressing once again. The Colour will be taken to

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the front of the escort. In open order. Left and right.

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Massed Band, one move to the right. Right turn. Massed Bands, quick

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Now the mag nif Now magnificent bands of the Household Cavalry.

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Training the horses take three to to four years. There is a strong

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wind out there. It is getting under the horses tails and they are being

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tricky to handle. We have Mercury and Achilles. Achilles has been

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Now this was a sight that was missing from last year's Queen's

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birthday tread. The Troop had to miss the parade. In all their

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German chancellor European Commission this is the 15th time

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they have been on parade. They join the parade by request from the

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Royal Family. The request took place in 1998. They have moved home.

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They spent 65 years in St John's Wood and have moved to Woolwich and

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over 8,000 people welcomed them on their first day. I had a look at

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their new stables there. They are stunning. They are built from brick

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and timber and they have high ceilings and the ventilation is

:24:12.:24:19.

much better and the vets are saying the horse that had respiratory

:24:19.:24:23.

problems are finding it easier in their new home and have proved a

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Commanding Officer Major Mark Edward. He took part of the King's

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Troop in August 2011. It is his first time at the the birthday

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The lead gun, treated as the Colour of the Troop.

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The same respect paid to it as the Guards Colour. The guns first saw

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Each of the six 13lb quick fire The Field Officer of the

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Sovereign's Escort. He was deployed to Afghanistan as second in command

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in 2010 as part of the Household The music changes to the Regimental

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Slow March of the Life Guards. Captain Anton Wallis who is riding

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Connery today. The Life Guards originally were

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raised in 1616. The Life Guards the senior regiment of the British Army.

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And in their distinctive dark tunics, the farriers with the black

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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The field officers and the the trumpeters and the the trumpeter

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would always be on a grey horse so so they can be seen in battle.

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With the King's Troop we have 75 horses on on parade today. And the

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saddles are the same standard issue British Army saddle that was used

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in World War I. And horses actually recognise the

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music and their ears will prick up as soon as the first few bars are

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The Commanding Officer there, Major Mark Edward, he is riding Lucy. All

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the horses in the the King's Troop are graded through according to

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colour, from A to F. A is is the lightest and brown is the darkest.

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The Duke of Edinburgh salutes them as they go by and each gun is

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pulled by six horses. The three on the near-side are riden and the

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three on the off-side are held in hand by the near side jockey who is

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known as the driver. The front pair are the leaders. They are the

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taller, bolder, slightly more athletic horses. They act as the

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accelerator and the smaller pair offer draft power. The wheel horses

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act as the brakes. They are usually thick set as they are required to

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stop the tonne-and-a-half of gun The Household Cavalry going past in

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a sitting trot. It is not the most comfortable, but it looks neater

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than rising trot. And once those horses have Majesty,

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which is one of the newest horses. This year the Household Cavalry

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opened up the naming for the first Kettle drummers crossing their

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sticks, that is fair form of salute for Her Majesty at this birthday

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parade. They are led away by Captain Jason Griffiths, the

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Director of Music of the Blues & Royals in a successful first

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appearance here in this role at the A magnificent state coach of the

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Mounted Bands. The oldest ceremonial uniform in the regular

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army. It can only be worn if a member of the Royal Family is

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present by permission of the Sovereign. Or in fact at the

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request of the Lord Mayor who traditionally paid for the uniform.

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So those are the conditions. The Director of Music will turn

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inwards as a signal to the Field Officer that the Household Cavalry

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Guards, royal cluet, present. -- Guards, Royal Salute, present

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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arms. Guards, now arms.

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In close order. Left and right. There we see the dressing and then

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the eyes front with no word of The Mounted Bands of the Household

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Cavalry make their way back to the Approach Road to accompany the

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first of the Royal carriages as they return to Buckingham Palace.

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Quick march. Each guard will form into two

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divisions for the march-off as they march off down the Mall in line. So

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it is a narrow space so they must reform.

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The adjutant is the tune. It is composed by Major Tom Birkett.

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Guards, will advance, about turn! Guard on the es court, close column.

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-- Escort. By the left, quick march! So to the

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music of the drums. Turning about with the First Division with the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Escort to return to the Sergeant Guards, shoulder arms.

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The Garrison Sergeant Major Mott. His ferocious attention to detail

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that is always evident at these great ceremonial events.

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So, the Field Officer approaches the Saluting Base. He will seek the

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Your Majesty's Guards are ready to march off, ma' am.

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Lieutenant Colonel Robin Sergeant, the Field Officer in Brigade

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Waiting, turns to his position at the centre carriageway.

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It is along the Mall, some of the Royal guests we saw earlier were

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watching. They are already back, on their way for that balcony

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appearance and the fly-past. The Duchess of Cambridge, who

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accompanied the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on the first day of

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their Diamond Jubilee Tour this year. That was to Leicester.

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It was the first full day of engagements for the Duchess of

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Cambridge alongside the Queen. We saw another of those days recently.

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There is Captain Harry Wales. And the same carriage... And the

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glass coach has been brought back to Horseguards parade for the Queen

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and the Duke of Edinburgh to return to Buckingham Palace.

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And when we consider some of the weather that was inflicted on us

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for part of the Diamond Jubilee events, today has been a great day.

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It has been sunny at times and dry throughout. So perfect conditions

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for the Queen's birthday parade of 2012.

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The Royal Standard flying above the Horseguards building. Garrison

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Sergeant Mott. Who is ready to give the signal that all is ready for

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the Approach Road and the signal is The marching music, Northumbrian

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Airs. Arranged by Trevor Sharpe. The glass coach, built in 1881.

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Bought by the Royal Family for the coronation of King George VI in

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1911. We have seen it many times since then, including several Royal

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weddings. Including the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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Attending a week after being discharged from hospital after that

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Her Majesty leading her personal troops.

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From Horseguards Parade on the way back to Buckingham Palace where the

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day will continue for some of these guardsmen. They have other work to

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The Prime Minister, and Samantha Cameron applaud at the end of this

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parade. Other ministers are also present and the heads of the armed

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forces too. The Queen who celebrated her birthday at 8 in

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April of this year, the Duke who was 91 last weekend.

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The Queen who's having her 60th parade this year. She knows what to

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expect. She will be taken to outside of Buckingham Palace, then

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a slight pause and then the entire Royal Family emerge on the balcony

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for a fly-past. We had an impressive fly-past for the Diamond

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Jubilee, but I will dare to say that today's is possibly even more

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spectacular. Colonel Ben Farrell is till with me.

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I will reflect at this moment, Ben, that Trooping of the Colour, the

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birthday parade, represents the core values and standards of the

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army? Well, it does, Huw. I think we could pause for thought about

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the army of 19523. That was the National Service army. 440,000 or

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so soldiers. They were de employed, 60,000 of

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them in the relatively newly formed army of the Rhin, globally there

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were troops in Egypt, mall aaire, Korea, East Africa to name a few,

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but we are moving now, as recently announced to an army much 82,000

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men and women strong. With very few overseas garrisons. So, if you

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track that through the history of the Queen's reign, the army has

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changed in structure, deployment, the nature of conflict. Of course

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1968 was the only year in the Queen's reign where a British Army

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member has in the been killed in combat. So the army has changed in

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structure and size, but one of the enduring features that marks out

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the British Army and in a way manifests the demonstration of that,

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we have just witnessed today. There is a great continuity that the

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Queen provides for the British Army. And the birthday parade is part of

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that enduring, guiding hand on the army.

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Given what you say, Ben, what is the Household Cavalry going to look

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like in the years to come? Clearly Yes, Huw, the Birthday Parade, we

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can trace it back many years. Next year, I would be surprised if we

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don't have a similar parade and many, many years. The recognition

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of the importance this occasion to the nation, to the Army and Her

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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Majesty, is appreciated by Of corks Huw, we can see the

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regimental adjutants and between them they have 200 years service.

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Andrew They wear medals. They play a very, very important part. It is

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nice to see them out there today and I'm sure they will have enjoyed

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a very good parade. We are provided extended live

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coverage of the Queen's Birthday Parade this year. We are staying on

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air to bring the procession along the Mall back to the Palace and

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then the balcony appearance and the fly-past when it happens.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh enjoying the sights along the Mall

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from the glass coach. It is the first time we have seen the coach

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in use because the Palace thought the weather wasn't reliable today

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and who can blame them? As we go along the Mall, Ben, I am sparing a

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thought fort street liners, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and the

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first battalion Irish Guards have been working hard? They are the

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first people out in the morning and the last to go in. They have have

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done nearly four hours standing on the Mall and guarding the route for

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Her Majesty as she travels to Horse Guards and back to Buckingham

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Palace and I was chat to go Colonel Edward Bowness and his Sergeant

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Major who was Prince William's instructor at sand Sandhurst and

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the Irish Guards are about to move on Monday in preparation of the

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Olympics. They are providing security and ceremonial duties

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during the Olympics. They are looking after the Eton and Dorny

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events where they are manning 44 different entrance points and

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checkpoints for spectators. Another varied task and proud to be part of

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the Olympics too. And joining us for this extended

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coverage of the Birthday Parade is the author and Royal commentator,

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Robert Hardman. Robert, welcome. What do you make of the parade?

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There is great continuity. Today is something of a breather and an

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extraordinary summer for The Queen. This is reassuringly familiar.

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There have been extraordinary sights over the last few weeks,

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today we have an anchor in the Royal Calne Royal en der. --

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calendar. We have the garter at Windsor Castle on month. These are

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events she knows and loves. While they are big events, they are

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stress-free compared to some of the things we have seen in the last few

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days and weeks. A word too about The Duke of

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Edinburgh, who looks maybe a little frail today and that's not

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surprising given what he has been through in the last few weeks. He

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wanted to be seen to be attending today? That's right. He recently

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turned 91. He regards this event as crucial. Last night, he was hosting

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the annual dinner of the senior senior colonels. He takes that

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seriously. And also, of course, he wants to be alongside The Queen.

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This is her Birthday Parade. It is a big day in her life. He more than

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anyone is well aware of that crucial bond between the monarch

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and the Armed Forces. There is glorious sunshine now.

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There is a great sense of pageantry and procession today as we see the

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Union flags decking the length of the Mall on both sides on the St

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James' Parkside and the north side and the scarlet and the gold Tudor

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coats glinting in the sunlight today. It is a magnificent sight.

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One of the features of this year's Diamond Jubilee, of course, has

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been the prominence of the Queen's grandchildren in the official

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events, not just in the UK, but throughout the Commonwealth and

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they have been paying their tributes to the Queen and they have

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been sharing their stories and memories with us.

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What The Queen has managed to do, she has managed to bring the

:51:40.:51:45.

monarchy into the 21st century as best she can. She has not had a

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blueprint. She has done it her own way and from my point of view, that

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has been hugely successful. She is timeless. She is this

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figurehead that, she is in touch with every generation instinctively.

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The world looks to her and follows her and the same as we do. She is

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this person who for 60 years has been there for everyone, in wars,

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in terrorism, everything. She has stood there and taken it all in her

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stride. Regardless of the time of day,

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wherever she turns up, she is full of life, smiling and able to go

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into a room and bring the room to life. These are things at her age,

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she shouldn't be doing, but she is carrying on doing not only in this

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country, but around the world. balance she gets between her public

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role and the private role of being a grandmother and great-grandmother,

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she has figured that balance out effectively.

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She is a good person to be leading the family and she does it from the

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front and we all have massive respect from her and love her to

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bits. She doesn't care for celebrity and

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she really minds about, you know, having privacy in general. It is a

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tricky line to draw between private and public and duty. I think she

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has carved her own way completely. My grandmother is The Queen. It is

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The Queen first thing and grandmother in public. That is your

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job. That's the way you behave and that's how you act and that's how

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you carry yourself out and she does that that immaculately. Behind

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closed doors she is my grandmother. She will put her foot down and pull

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out The Queen card. Pulling out The Queen card. A

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moment again to reflect after the voices, Robert Hardman on the young

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Royals and the way they are managing to transform perceptions

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of the Royal Family? Yes, they really come into their own during

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this jubilee. It has been a demanding year for The Queen and

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the Duke. It has been helpful to have the younger generation, the

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grandchildren coming out and helping The Queen on key occasions.

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Today, of course, but also through, as you mentioned, the first day,

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the big jubilee tour, there was the Duchess of Cambridge at The Queen's

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side in Leicester when it was the Royal Maundy ceremony, there was

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Princess Beatrice with The Queen there. And I think we will see more

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of them at these big occasions where there is a big Royal turnout

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and it is nice to be able to fall back on three generations.

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It is that tricky, balance isn't it, how do you maintain tradition and

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underline heritage? Yes, monarchy is about tradition and pomp on the

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surface, but it has to evolve. It has to remain relevant and

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accessable and it is a difficult juggling act and it has been one of

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the great successes of this reign. As we saw with Prince Harry for

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example earlier this year, representing The Queen on her

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jubilee tour overseas, he can bring a buzz to Royal events as can the

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which is crucial if you are reaching out

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to younger generations. Ben, what are we likely to see now

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the parade is over? There is still some military work to do and

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processional work to do at the Palace? Very much so. Inside the

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forecourt of Buckingham Palace, you have the guard who are formed by

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the first balance talion of the Irish -- battalion of the Irish

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Guards which are known as the old guard. The soldiers will continue

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with their duty for the next 24 hours.

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This is one of the few occasions when the cousins, the extended

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cousins turn out. At the Diamond Jubilee, we just saw, the core six

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if you like, just The Queen, her heir and his he irs. Today, The

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Queen has invited the cousinhood. The Queen being a great-grandmother

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of tworks not to mention -- two, not to mention the other family

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members. At the Diamond Jubilee when we saw

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the restricted numbers on the balcony, this was a more cost

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conscious Royal Family. What we saw at the Diamond Jubilee was a State

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occasion and it was almost a statement. This is the future. What

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we see today, it is a family occasion, it is the Queen's

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birthday party. Some years ago, her officials did suggest perhaps on an

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occasion like this, it might be wiser to trim down the numbers and

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The Queen wouldn't have it. She said, "I want all my family here."

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This and Christmas is the two occasions when they all get

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The Duchess of Cambridge among those enjoying this scene.

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Princess Michael of Kent, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex

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too. And the immense Royal Standard flying both Palace signalling, of

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course, that The Queen is in residence.

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The Queen taking the salute and we will soon see the Mounted Bands and

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the King's Troop paying their As we enjoy this scene, Ben, it is

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worth reflecting on the fact for some of those who have taken part

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in this parade today and have put a lot of work into it, it is not a

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time to be take ago rest? No, it is not Huw. I highlighted many of the

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guards were continuing with their duties and those who are not

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involved in in guard duty this weekend will be back on Monday in

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some form or shifting on to worry about the Olympicsment the

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Household Cavalry Regiment, the kings King's Troop, the Irish

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Guards, to name a few, start training and preparing for the

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Olympic Games and the Coldstream Guards in particular are left

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holding the baton in London during the Olympic period for ceremonial

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 54 seconds

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duties. So a busy time ahead for The King's Troop formed in koorns

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with King George VI for state ceremonial occasions.

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The officers, the non-commissioned officers, the Troopers, come

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prizing the Sovereign's Escort. The first and Second Divisons of

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the Blues & Royals, the third and This is a moment where the Queen

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and the Duke of Edinburgh will make their way into Buckingham Palace.

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Ben you can reveal the secrets of what goes on in the reception room

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before the balcony appearance as of course you have been there as the

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Field Officer? I have, Huw. Taking it from where Lieutenant Colonel

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Robin Sergeant is now. In a way, he will be relieved to have gotten to

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this point. He is to ride out to salute Her Majesty the Queen, and

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now the Colonels and the Queen will all go inside Buckingham Palace. We

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dismounted inside the forecourt. I think that the quartermaster of the

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Irish Guards, had arranged for carrots to be given to the horses.

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I have to say, I was so hungry and exhausted by that stage, I ate one

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of them myself! As part of a beginning of a process of

:03:36.:03:41.

refreshing myself and very, very kindly, we are then invited in to

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Buckingham Palace to join all of the members of the Royal Family

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behind the room that you can see CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.

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Well, as the crowds grow, looking ahead to the balcony appearance we

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join claers once again. Well, this may not be the closest

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view, but it is one of the highest. Look at these people standing on

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the walls. We are down near Canada Gate. A family here, the youngsters

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have come for the first time. This is Annika, the youngest, you are

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how old? Six. Who is your favourite member of the

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Royal Family? The Queen. Good for you. You are very proud to

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be here? Yes, we are proud to be here.

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Now, what about you, the first time at the Queen's birthday parade?

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the first time. Came down for the Jubilee, I caught the bug. It is

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really proud to be British. It is great.

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That is great to see this. Having seen the dierpld Diamond Jubilee,

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the Jubilee saw millions of people coming into Central London to see

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some of the biggest events staged That is the view that the Queen and

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the Duke of Edinburgh and the rest of the Royal party have got as the

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Pageant is well and truly under way now.

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The atmosphere is a real carnival atmosphere down on the River Thames,

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and on the banks as well. There are still many, many boats to come.

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There it is on top of the National The people are a little more than

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just being a bit damp, but they are sticking with it. Well, we are

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British! The Queen is about to leave. She is still smiling. I hope

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she's had a fabulous day. # Let me entertain you

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# I remember when I was young... # We're celebrating the Diamond

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Jubilee # We're celebrating, the Diamond

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Jubilee # We're celebrating, the Diamond

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Jubilee. # # Our house in the middle of our

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street # Our house in the middle of our

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# Our house # In the middle of our street

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# Our house # In the middle of our...

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# Life goes on # And if you want some fun #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Your Majesty, mummy! Thank God, the

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weather turned out fine! As a nation, this is our opportunity to

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thank you and my father, for always being there for us. For inspiring

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us with your self-less duty and service, and for making us proud to

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be British. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.

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I don't think it is fanciful to say that in all of her public

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engagements, our Queen has shown a quality of joy in the happiness of

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others. All of the signs are that she is herself, happy, fulfilled,

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and at home in these encounters. # With you

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# With you... # # Sing it louder

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# Sing it clearer # Knowing everyone will hear you

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# It's a noise # Find your voice

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# Tonight # Sing it stronger

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# Sing together # Make this moment last forever

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# Old and young # Shout in love tonight. #

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# To hear 1,000 voices # Shout in love and light and hope

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# Just sing # Come on and sing

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# Sing it louder # Sing it clearer

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# Knowing everyone will hear you # It's a noise

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# Find your voice # Tonight

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# Sing it stronger # Sing together

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# Make this moment last fore ever... # Hear 1,000 voices shouting loud.

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# And a very similar sight it has to be said. Enormous crowds on the

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Mall today for the Queen's birthday parade of 2012. Far bigger than we

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have seen for many years. That reflects all of the excitement of

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the Diamond Jubilee. Some of that success recognised today here Yes,

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Gary Barlow is now an organiser of that concert, he was with Gareth

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Malone who put together the fantastic choir. They are riding

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high in the charts. I think we could see one or two other awards

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for those involved in that extraordinary weekend. There is

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evidence of the Jubilee Bounce. A vast crowd. We saw it in the week

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when the Queen was in the East Midlands.

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They were astonished by the size of the crowds. We are to see this as

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cross the country as the Jubilee Tour continues. It has a long way

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to go. Will the excitement we see translate into a permanent legacy?

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I think so. We have definitely seen a rise and rise in the popularity

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of the Queen and of the whole institution. It has been reflected

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in opinion polls since the Jubilee itself. One went out yesterday,

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putting the Queen's satisfaction rating, if one could call it that,

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at 90%. I can't imagine a politician in history has ever had

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it that height. The love affair between the British and the

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monarchy is on a high. You mention the events to come.

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The tour to Northern Ireland and Scotland and we will have the big

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events leading up to the Olympics. The opening of the Olympics. The

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Queen has the Olympic family coming round to the Palace and she will be

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watched by the Olympic planet as she declares the Olympiad open.

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The police, as they always do, controlling the flow of the crowd

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around the Mall and around The Queen Victoria Memorial on this

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sunny day, allowing them the best possible view of the balcony. They

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want to get close to the railings and close to the balcony to see the

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members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony today led by The

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Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, but they will get a good view of

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the fly-past which will come over the City of London and down along

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the Mall over admirality Arch and will fly over Buckingham Palace.

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That will be worth waiting for and that takes place in 10 or 12

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minutes time. Just imagine the scene, we have

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thousands of people here at Buckingham Palace, but, of course

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in St James' Park and Green Park there are many crowds too who have

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come into town today to enjoy the events of the Birthday Parade and

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there is the proof for you. Remarkable scenes and Robert, we

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haven't seen numbers like this for the Birthday Parade for many years?

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No, Huw. This does reflect, as we were saying that the jubilee has

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really raised the game even higher. The public really do want to feel

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they are part of this jubilee, if they couldn't make it to the great

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events a few days ago, a lot of people thought "I'm going to come

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along today." We will see that as The Queen continues her tours

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around the country. There are people who will have come from all

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over the world to see this. The scene in Green Park. The King's

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Troop are preparing to fire their 41 gun salute in honour of the

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Queen's birthday. It is worth explaining at this stage the

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Queen's birthday in reality is in April, on the 21st April when she

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celebrated her 86 birthday. Today is an official birthday. It is a

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practise that was introduced by Edward the seventh whose birthday

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took place in November. One can imagine the weather wasn't great

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for that, so he decided the official birthday should be

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instigated in June and for most part the weather has been kind.

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Today a good choice. So the basic Royal salute, 21 rounds, but the

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number of rounds depends on the place and the occasion and today,

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an additional 20 takes place because it takes part in Green Park

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which is a Royal Park so it will be a 41 gun salute.

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Later this summer, as we were reminded a short while ago, the

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area around Buckingham Palace, James' Park will become an Olympic

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arena. Clare Balding is one of the stars competing? This is Dave Weir

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and you will be competing here. It will be my last race of the

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marathon. It will be the last race of 2012. I hope the crowds will be

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like this. How do you feel watching this,

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knowing you will be racing here? It is special when you see the flags

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and the crowds. It has been a great year for the nation with the

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Diamond Jubilee and today now we have got the Olympics so it will be

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special. I love TI love it.-- I love it. I love it.

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You were awarded an OBE. We had a gathering at Buckingham Palace and

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I have met her a few times. She knew who I was and stuff and when I

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got my MBE, she said, "You are Here again, David." It was special, yeah.

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You look fit. Is training going well? I have had a good year. I had

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one crash in Switzerland, but I have got over that and yeah,

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training is really going well and I have got a couple of months to just

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tick over and get ready for the big one. There is nothing like a home

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Games to motivate you? It is a big motivational for me. I am probably

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at the end of my career now. One big push out m.

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. -- one big now. So watch out for David Weir.

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Good luck. Thank you very much.

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We look forward to it with great enthusiasm and lots of enthusiasm

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today along the Mall and there you see the crowds gathering outside

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Buckingham Palace. They know what to expect. An appearance on the

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balcony by the The Queen and other members of the Royal Family and a

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great fly-past which will involve helicopters and a Hercules and the

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new Vovager, the Battle of Britain flight is not able to be with us

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because of weather conditions. This year is all about celebrating 60

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years of the Queen's reign. Her Majesty's record of attending and

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taking the salute at the Birthday Parade goes back to 195 srks the

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year -- 195 srks the year before the accession when the young

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Princess Elizabeth stood in her for her George VI.

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Leading the procession, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and the Queen

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Mother, Prince Charles and Princess The Queen a picture of composure

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and elegance. The Queen, Colonel-In-Chief of the

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Scots Guards. The Queen in her silver jubilee

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year. She will receive the Royal The Queen's horse receiving a

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reassuring pat from The Queen, an What more lively and colourful way

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can you think of saying, "Happy Hip-hip, hooray.

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There we have Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. His first

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appearance at the Birthday Parade So The Queen's Birthday Parade of

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2012 in Diamond Jubilee year is reaching its conclusion. There will

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be a balcony appearance in a few minutes time and then we'll have a

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magnificent fly-past to mark the Queen's official birthday.

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In Green Park the 41 gun salute is underway. A ten second interval

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between each round of fire. All of the individual fire station counted

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and marked on leather pads in the traditional way.

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-- all of the individual fires counted and marked on leather pads

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The sound of the Royal Gun Is a salute -- royal Gun salute echoing.

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So far the King's Troop fired seven official salutes and 306 rounds in

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The scene at Buckingham Palace. Everything is ready for the balcony

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appearance and Ben Farrell, you have been in the room. You know

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what the atmosphere is like. Tell us what is going on right now as

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that appearance is about to take place? Huw, the Royal Family,

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extended Royal Family are gathered in the room with the colonels of

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the Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry regiments where they are

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really celebrating the Queen's birthday and a family occasion and

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there are grandchildren running around. There was plenty of

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hillarity and The Duke of Edinburgh approached me saying, "I didn't

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think your voice was going to hold out." They sort themselves out into

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an order in which to come out on to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

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are the first to arrive. The Prince of Wales is getting

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ready to appear on the balcony too along with Prince William and the

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Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge and the fly-past will

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take place within a minute, we think and the first things we'll

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see and the Royal Family know what is to expect, they will be looking

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up to the skies,ion the City of London, to spot first of all, four

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helicopters. Lady Louise Windsor holding her great-grandmother's

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And the four helicopters are on their way. The merlin, the first of

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a new generation of advanced medium support helicopters for the RAF.

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Captain squadon leader, we have a puma, battlefield helicopter, we

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have a Sea King from RAF Valley which is Prince William's base and

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we have a Chinook. It is the work horse of choice in Afghanistan

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carrying troops and equipment. The captain is Flight Lieutenant

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The four four helicopters are now passing passing directly above

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Horse Guards Parade. We have a great view of them. The Chinook is

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make ago great thunder ess noise. They were meant to be followed by

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the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, but sadly because of windy

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conditions that's not possible so we won't be seeing the Lancaster,

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But we are seeing the great Hercules, the King Air.

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Now on their way. The Hercules, of course, used mainly for moving

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personnel and equipment in operational theatres. The Captain

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today is Flight Lieutenant, Davey. The King Airs, are multi-engine

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pilot trainers. All of it being enjoyed by the

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Royal Family as they wait for the next group of aircraft.

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It is the V C10 from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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Flown by Captain Burlingham. The two Typhoons. This summer they are

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playing an essential role for protection from above in the skies

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in the Olympic Games. Now we have the E3D, a battle and

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management platform. The Squadron Leader Gunning is the captain.

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And the Tornadoes, the Tornado GR4, providing vital intelligence on

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And this is the voyager, the RAF's newest aircraft, the replacement

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for the long-serving and venerable, wing span. It is the RAF's biggest

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plane. It can carry almost 300 personnel over 6,000 miles.

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And the excitement for the crowd of seeing the streams of red, white

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and blu in the skies above, the Red Arrows. The Hawk 267891s, the Red

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Arrows formed in 1965. A fitting end to the Queen's

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birthday parade of 2012 in the Diamond Jubilee Year.

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Cheer. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

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acknowledge the applause of the crowd. A final thought, Robin, what

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you think this all meant? Well, the Queen has had a great Royal

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occasion and today another great family occasion in the middle of

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this extraordinary summer. And, Huw, I would like to say well

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done to the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Rob, on a great

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parade, inspite of the lack of time that they had to prepare for it.

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Well done. So, the Queen's birthday parade is

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over. The 60th parade of the Queen's reign in the Year of the

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Diamond Jubilee in her reign. Other events to mark the year will

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continue in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth in the months

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ahead. Don't forget that the highlights programme is on BBC Two

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this evening at.30pm, but from Colonel Ben Farrell, and Robert

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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 Coldstream Guards is trooped to mark Her Majesty the Queen's official birthday. Celebrations include the famous balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.


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