2013 Trooping the Colour


Live coverage of the Horse Guard's Parade in London, Huw Edwards introduces the world's most famous military parade where the colour of the Welsh Guards is trooped.

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1953, members of the Royal Family gathered in this room to watch the


first big military parade of the Queen's reign. It is not just a good


vantage point, it is also a place steeped in history as the office


once occupied by the Duke of Wellington. The family will be back


here today following events from this window as they enjoy the


ceremony of Trooping the Colour to mark the Queen's Official Birthday


reign took place on 11th June, nine days after the Coronation. All the


decorations were still in place. It was the first official engagement


for the new Queen. 60 years on, the Birthday Parade features some


rousing Welsh tunes as the Prince of Wales Company, 1st Battalion Welsh


Guards, provide the Escort and a very prominent part in today's


ceremony. This time last year, the soldiers were deployed in


Afghanistan, which reminds everyone watching that they combine these


ceremonial duties with life on the frontline. Since last year's parade,


25 members of the Armed Forces have lost their lives serving in


Afghanistan. Five of them from the Household Division, three Grenadier


Guardsmen, two Welsh Guardsmen. A vast crowd of #,000 in the stands.


There were more than 17,000 applications for tickets from all


around the world. -- 5,000 in the stands. Here too, heads of the Armed


Forces, along with representatives from many foreign nations, including


the Commonwealth member states. In line with tradition, The Mall is


lined with Union Flags to celebrate the Queen's Official Birthday. There


are 200 soldiers lining the route. Their ten officers provided by 1st


Battalion Grenadier Guards today. Along the route, poignant reminders


for the Queen of the loss of her father, King George VI, and her late


mother. At Buckingham Palace, the Sovereign's Escort and the Mounted


Bands waiting to accompany the company and other members of the


Royal Family to Horse Guards Parade. This year, we have extended coverage


on BBC One. We will be staying on air to see the balcony appearance


and a fly-past involving up to 32 aircraft, including the Red Arrows.


We are providing continuous unedited coverage on bbc.co.uk/trooping. Not


long to go before the processions get under way. Let's say a good


morning to Clare Balding. CLARE BALDING: I am on the roof of


the Horse Guards Building. It is breezy up here. Alongside me is


Lance Sergeant Martin Turner, known as Big T. You can see why! What is


your responsibility today? responsibility today has been


sorting out the dais. My main responsibility is to crack Her


Majesty's Standard. What does that mean? When Her Majesty comes on


parade, I will pull a cord, three stitches will pop and it will spring


out. This is your last Queen's Birthday parade? I am retiring. My


family and friends have come down to see me. Well happy with that.


wish you well. Hope it goes perfectly. Thank you. My special


guest today knows everything there is to know about this parade. He was


formerly Colonel of the Irish Guards, he was succeeded by Prince


William two years ago. There he is. He is Major-General Sir Sebastian


Roberts. It is a great pleasure to have you with us. Good morning.


morning. What are you looking forward to? Like everybody, that


extraordinary combination of ancient tradition and modern professionalism


embodied in these young men and women on parade today. All soldiers


who have achieved the same remarkable standards in ceremonials


in all their other duties and all coming together in this world-famous


celebration of our Queen's official birthday. The last time the 1st


Battalion Welsh Guards trooped their colour was in 2008. Since then, they


have deployed twice to Afghanistan. They provide today's Escort and


Numbers 2 and 3 Guards. We have been speaking to some of them about their


recent tour. All soldiers need to be adaptable. For Guardsmen, that


adaptability is stark. We go from wearing our combat clothing into


scarlet very readily. On our most recent tour of Afghanistan, the


majority of the battalion formed the Police Mentoring Advisory Group.


They were there to train and advise the police. We get up at dawn. We


set off to our patrol base. As soon as we get there, we go into our


security measures. We would then build a rapport with the police.


is quite hard because you have that language barrier. It is trying to


understand people from a different culture. After a while, they are the


same as you. You build-up bonds. They do look after you. On one of


these patrols, we went to the checkpoint, as we always did.


Unfortunately, two of my Guards were shot dead by a rogue Afghan


policeman who was unknown to the checkpoints. The situation was a


commander's worst nightmare. He had casualties. More than that, a


volatile situation which was threatening his mission. He was only


six weeks into it. We were back out on operations with the Afghan police


soon after the incident occurred. Two weeks following this, I became a


casualty from a gunshot wound. essence of good leadership is that


you can rise above that sort of chaos and that is what Ben did. For


that, he was very deservedly awarded the Queen's Commendation.


Queen's Birthday Parade has served as a recovery vehicle for me. Me


being on parade today is a tribute to the recovery I have gone through.


It is a sincere form of flattery. They are done by hard, fighting men


who have been at the tip of a spear and we are very proud to have both


roles. The men of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards sharing their frontline


experiences with us. And Captain Ben Bardsley has made a remarkable


recovery from those life-threatening injuries. He is here today as


Subaltern of No 2 Guard. He can be sfoR given if he is a little


distracted today - he is getting married to his fiancee in a week's


time. We wish them well. The Escort provided by the Prince of Wales


Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The 1st Battalion also providing the


men for No 2 Guard and No 3 Guard. Let's have a look at the far end. No


7 Company, Coldstream Guards, providing No 6 Guard today. Next to


them is No 5 Guard, provided by F Company Scots Guards. No 4 Guard


provided by Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards. Later this month,


the Queen will present new Colours to the company at Buckingham Palace.


The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, started their six-month deployment


to Afghanistan in April. A successful Birthday Parade depends


on hundreds of men and women setting the highest standards of precision


and drill. The man in charge is the Field Officer, Lieutenant Colonel


Dino Bosi. He is with Clare. This must be a proud day for the


battalion? I must admit a bit nerve-wracking. We hope we will be


able to live up to the high standards that our predecessors have


set. It is all about team work and about you and your Stead. This is


Winston. Hello. You can look happier than that if you like! What sort of


a relationship have you built up? He's a real old stager. He is 22. He


hasn't done a parade before. This is a new experience for both of us.


is quite elderly? He is. He is 22. His birthday is in dispute. He can't


tell us! Other than counting teeth, we are not sure. He is immensely


calm. You will find he is still frisky. There is life in the old dog


yet. He will bounce along with the band. He seems to enjoy the music.


know you and your men have been extremely busy. For those based in


London, one of their jobs have been to provide the Queen's guard. We


sent a camera behind-the-scenes to find out what this key role entails


at Buckingham Palace. The Queen's Birthday Parade is an incredibly


complicated and intricate parade. The standard that is required for us


on that parade is nothing short of excellence. The drill is very much


our bread-and-butter while we are in London. When the guys do it now, it


is all about getting experience, to work together as a team. When they


step out of the gates, the crowds will have started to build-up and it


is six to ten-deep down The Mall. It doesn't phase the guys. The guard


Room at Buckingham Palace, it is an opportunity for the guys to take


their bearskin off, have something to eat, before they go back out.


is quite nervous when you see a couple of hundred people watching


you. All the faces are looking at you, wondering when you are going to


move. Concentration is the hardest thing. You focus on your job and try


and do it right. There are little things they can miss - a button may


be turned the wrong way and a belt might not be sitting correctly.


new here. This is my first Troop. I have a lot to live up to. It is


really nerve-wracking. Being Welsh, the camaraderie within the battalion


is fantastic. We get knives and forks today! Everyone mucks in. We


are altogether. My daughters think it is very funny, I have a bearskin


on my head, but they are very proud of me. The last time I was in


Trooping the Colour, my girlfriend came down with my father and mother.


That was one of my proudest moments. This year, will be better. I love


it. The Welsh Guards taking pride in their heritage. They trooped their


colour for the sovereign in 1928, that was for King George V. The


Colour Party is in place. We have just seen some of the preparation.


It is a great honour to be selected for such a central role in the


Parade. At Buckingham Palace, the first Royal Procession is leaving


Horse Guards. -- is leaving for # God save our gracious Queen.


# Long live our noble Queen. # God save the Queen.


# Send her victorious. # Happy and glorious.


# Long to reign over us. # Long to reign over us.


# God save the Queen. In the first carriage we have the


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


of York and his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess


Eugenie. In the third carriage, we have the Earl and Countess of Wessex


and their daughter, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor. This is the


final public engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge before the due


date for her baby, which is next month. The Duchess of Cornwall - we


have seen her profile growing steadily over the last year. She


attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time a


couple of months ago. A great scene along The Mall. We will see more


crowds later on as they arrive here for the balcony appearance and the


fly-past after the Parade is is just under a mile from Buckingham


Palace to Horse Guards Parade. Once the three carriages are on their


way, we will be ready for the Queen's departure from Buckingham


the breeze above Buckingham Palace. One of the great sights along the


ceremonial route, which of course is so familiar to members of the royal


family, but especially the Queen. The 60th anniversary year after the


child will be third in line to the throne regardless of gender and


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Officer's trumpet. The Duke of Kent, the Colonel of the Scots Guards,


cousin of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, missing the parade this


year. He missed very few over the years as he recovers from his recent


operation. The Duke of Edinburgh marked his 92nd birthday this week.


Of course his absence will be keenly felt by the Queen, the royal


family, but also the Grenadier Guards, whose Colonel he is and with


vehicle at these state events. We last saw it at the State opening of


Parliament. It is used by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of


turning into the approach road. Just a few yards away from Horse Guards


think, the Duchess of Cambridge. Everyone knowing that she is one


month away from that first baby. The child will be third in line to the


throne. As we can see, the guards have opened up. They have been


positioned and that is to make way for this first section of carriages


will be a national anthem to greet them.


It's Blues and Royals uniform decorated with the wings of the Army


Air Corps, his Diamond Jubilee medal, and his Afghanistan campaign


medal. The carriages approach the Horse Guards Building, where the


royal party will watch the parade from the room we saw a little


earlier, the office once occupied by the Duke of Wellington, and they


have to say by the man sitting next to me. The Major-General's offers,


of course. What can they look forward to? Apart from anything


else, one of the most beautiful rooms in London, it is said, and I


am sure that is right. It has the most extraordinary articles in it.


The Major-General's desk is now called Wellington's desk from when


he was commander in chief. Wonderful Gainsborough portraits on the walls


and a bust of Marlborough. Wonderful military history. Well, it was in


1748 that it was decided to make this parade of birthday event for


the Sovereign, after George III came to the throne in 1760 it became very


much an annual event. Leading the procession along the Mall is the


brigade major, four Troopers of the Lifeguards. This is his first


Queen's Birthday Parade in this role. I am looking forward to


leading the progression smoothly. Getting the timing is right is so


important, delivering Her Majesty to the dais exactly on the stroke of 11


o'clock. I will be making sure that the crowds are having a good time


but mostly I will just be enjoying myself, I think. The brigade major,


now responsible for delivering ceremonial and public duties. Quite


a responsibility. The four Troopers provided by the Lifeguards this


year. They are chosen from the top finishers of the Princess Elizabeth


cup, the annual competition for the Regiment. Among them, one of the


youngest of the Regiment, just 19, Mounted Bands of the Household


Cavalry. This blend and in their gold state kit. Rightly known for


their high standards of musicianship and horsemanship. They are led by


the director of music, who is Major Paul Willman of the Lifeguards. He


started his career more than a quarter of a century ago as a


flautist. It is a nice story that he Sovereign's Escort this year


provided by the Lifeguards. The distinctive red tunics, white


plumes, raised by the exiled Charles II in 1658. They are the senior


Regiment of the British Army. By the way, the tradition of using the


Household Cavalry to Escort the Sovereign to the parade is a


relatively recent thing, introduced in 1937 by George VI. We have the


Lifeguards providing the first and second divisions, meaning that this


year the third and fourth divisions of the Sovereign's Escort are


provided by the Blues and Royals. They have dark blue tunics and red


plumes and state helmets designed by way slowly along the Mall. Mark


Hargreaves, the head coachman, he knows this route very well. Is his


sixth Birthday Parade. A long career in the Armed Forces. Just a glimpse


there of the Princess Royal. The Colonel of the Blues and Royals. One


of three Royal Colonels in this start the music on the approach


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probably 100 yards before Admiralty at the turn right. Along the


approach road, under the great line of Union flags. That reminds us that


the Queen first took part in the parade back in 1947 at the age of


21. That was the first parade after the war, arriving as Colonel of the


Grenadier Guards them. The youth participants, we can hear them, from


the boys Brigade, and the scouts, and they have a very good review on


the corner. 60 years since the Coronation. We can reflect a little


as well on the Queen's service and sense of duty. She has undertaken


260 official overseas visits, including 96 state visits in that


time to 116 different countries. Representatives of lots of those


countries, especially the parade ground. The head coach man,


Mark Hargreaves, very soon will provide his own special distinctive


immediately by the three Royal Colonels, the Duke of Cambridge, his


father the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, and then the two


is about to begin and at the stroke of 11 o'clock, the Queen and the


Duke of Kent this year, will step onto the saluting base. The Royal


Standard will be broken or released. The Field Officer will


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give his command. And then the # God save our gracious Queen.


# Long live our noble Queen. # God save the Queen.


# Send her victorious. # Happy and glorious.


# Long to reign over us. Guard Guards, slope arms. -- guards,


the line of Guards. It is also an opportunity for the Massed Bands to


entertain, of course. The man in charge is the Senior Director of


Music, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell, of the Welsh Guards. The


first piece is Great And Glorious, composed by Major Leslie Statham. I


am told he composed the original Match Of The Day theme tune. There


will be a total of 48 pieces of MUSIC: "Great And Glorious"


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Colonel-in-Chief of all seven regiments of the Household Division.


This is Her Majesty's opportunity to inspect the troops who constitute


regiments allowed to present a Sovereign's Standard on today's


parade. This year, it is the Sovereign Standard of the Life


Guards. The standard-bearer is Colour. The Royal Colonels do


likewise. Towards the King's troop, their lead gun is treated as the


Colour. It enjoys the same status as the Colour being trooped by the


Norton's last year as General Officer Commanding London District.


He is soon to take up a post in Italy as Deputy Commander of NATO


Rapid Deployment Corps in July 2013. George has had two marvellous years


as the GOC London District. Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell,


this should be the best parade of them all. I am retiring this year in


November so this is my last time Trooping the Colour. It is very


special. Doing this parade, as the Senior Director of Music, they


always say if you are holding the stick, it goes much quicker. That is


very true. I want to savour this. It has been a joy working with the


musicians serving in the bands of the Household Division. To have


control as a conductor over such a powerful and talented force as that,


it is the epitome of any musician's career serving in the military.


Massed Bands preparing to play one of the most enduringly popular


military marches, Les Huguenots. One of the highlights of the Birthday


Parade every year since 1871. Some people say they come to hear this


piece of music, it is that good! Once the Senior Director of Music is


ready, the Queen is back on the saluting base with the Duke of Kent,


the Glass Coach taken away, we will ESCORT: Massed Bands by the Centre,


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the centre, quick march! The quick march is Heroes Return by Arnold


Steck. Aptly chosen from the Welsh Guards, who returned from


Afghanistan earlier this year, Major Christopher Rees from Maesteg in


South Wales. He joined the Welsh Guards in 2008 and has completed two


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MUSIC: "Heroes Return" the days when all battlefield


commander given by drumbeat. Orderly Guardsman Byron Clarke moves to take


the stick. That signals the next phase of the parade. Change arms.


Stand at ease. Escort for the Colour, in close order, left dress.


Captain Fred Lloyd George gives the order for the Colour to take up


their dressing in close order. Escort for the Colour, by the left,


quick march. They step off very smartly to the march of the British


Grenadiers. They are taking centre stage next to show the result of


weeks of hard work. Enormous pride, as you say, in the culmination of


weeks and years of hard work. Pride is not only in their Regiment but of


course in representing their nation, this year Wales. And knowing that


they will shortly be escorting the Colour, which records Battle


Honours. It gives a great tingle, I must say. My own father and brother


were both in the Welsh Guards and bought in battles which are recorded


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on those colours. It matters a great order, right dress. About turn.


Guards, turn. Change arms. Slope regimental surgeon officer Martin


Topps, because he is now preparing to take possession of the Colour.


Protecting it with his sword, ready to hand it over to the Ensign,


second Lieutenant Joe Dinwiddie, who is following him. Ready for the next


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young Welsh Guardsman second Lieutenant Joe Dinwiddie. The Ensign


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receives the Colour ready for the the Colour, having taken possession,


has now become the Escort to the Colour. The Colour party joins the


Escort. They prepare to advance in slow time. Escort to the Colour,


turn arms. Escort to the Colour, by and the formal ceremony of the


Trooping the Colour is about to begin. 180 musicians on parade


supported by 45 members of the core of drums. And there they are


performing the complex spin wheel as it is called, to change direction


without changing formation. Quite a challenge but they always accomplish


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Slow March. And this is the real test, watched around the world,


Colonel Joe Dinwiddie. I never thought I would be the Ensign. It


came as a real surprise to find that actually my drill was slightly


better than other people in rehearsals. I have been carrying a


practice colour in rehearsal, which is much heavier than in real life,


but it allows me to steady my shoulders and get the movements


correct for on the day. My family will be sitting in the stands


somewhere. My hope they will be thinking of me. I will certainly be


keeping them at the back of my mind. A rather modest Joe Dinwiddie


sharing his thoughts on today's duty. The Colour is trooped down the


ranks, an echo of the early days when colours will used practically


as rallying points. Today it is all about powerful symbolism. Rated


indeed. These colours presented by the Queen. -- it is indeed. During a


presentation, they are blessed. They have for every Regiment sacramental


significance, as well as being the record of the history of great


battles, of many brave men who have fought and given their lives. And


also a rallying point, no longer in battle, but certainly at the beating


number two guard. And the Sergeant major, one of his cadets at


Sandhurst was Fred Lloyd George, the great-grandson of Lloyd George. He


is sub Alton of the Escort today. -- sub altern. Hole! Escort to the


Colour, left turn. Escort to the post. Quick march. The officers take


post, ready for the march past. The Colour moves to the rear of the


retire. About turn. Numbers one to five guards at the halt, right form,


Drum Major Tom Birkett, played by The Corps of Drums. Drum Major Tom


Birkett is from 3rd Battalion Numbers 1 to 5 Guards will advance.


About-turn. No 6 Guard, close order. March! Move to the left in threes.


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MUSIC: "Grand March From Rienzi" March From Rienzi by Wagner. The


Guards prepare for the march past. A real sense of relief, the ability to


stretch legs? You are right, Huw. At this stage, the Guardsmen have been


standing for the best part of an hour, changing arms a couple of


times. There is no question, it is relief. For them, they feel they are


getting into this parade. They are enacting the battle drills of 200


years ago, which defeated Napoleon. It is important to reflect that they


are carrying the weapons that many of them have used in action in the


first trooped their colour for the Queen in 1965. They are immediately


recognisable. Their buttons grouped Cameron, enjoying the sunshine, the


music and the Parade today. Surrounded by some African leaders,


including the President of Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, they are


all there. It is part of a conference before the G8 talks which


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are taking place in Northern Ireland Colonel Dino Bosi, and the Major of


the Parade, Major Henry Bettinson. A change of music tells you that these


are Men Of Harlech. This is the the Queen. That's the Flourish. Then


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they will Recover, or raise the Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the


Prince of Wales and the three Royal Colonels. The music now changes to


the Grenadier Guards Slow March, MUSIC: "Scipio"


By Handel. This is the Scots Guards Slow Marsh,


Garb of Auld Gaul. -- Slow March, Garb of Auld Gaul.


The Slow March of the Coldstream Guards, Figaro. The Adjutant of the


Parade is Captain Christopher Davies of the Welsh Guards, who joined in


2007. He's completed two tours in Dino Bosi, riding out to salute the


Queen. The sword is drawn, but it's a special form of salute which


conveys no threat at all to Her Majesty. A neutral Slow March this


time, Thievish Magpie, taken from Household Cavalry had no operational


tours in 2012. The regiment is now committed again, with a third of its


force in Afghanistan. The Irish Guards there, too. Many of those


seen at the Queen's Birthday Parade last year are in Afghanistan today.


Given the timetable for withdrawal, this could be their last deployment


there. We spoke to some of them in the past few days. This time last


year, I was getting ready for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. That was


really good fun. We were on the forecourt with people on The Mall.


Trooping the Colour, the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding.


not every day you get to stand there and be in front of such a large


crowd. It is probably as hot in a tunic and bear kin as it is in body


armour. --Bearskin as it is in body armour. Best of luck from everyone


out here. We will be thinking of you. You are probably sweating as


much in a bearskin as we are in body armour. It is your day. Enjoy it.


Sit deep. Ride strong. Follow your lines. Drive them heels in strong.


It is a special day when the Queen comes out on parade. From the heat


of the desert, a real sense of pride, Major-General Sir Sebastian


Roberts. That pride shared by the families here today? You are right.


The families here today supporting the soldiers on parade and there is


no question when one is away on operation, the thing that matters


most is that you have the support of your own family and the people all


soldiers serve. To see crowds filled with families here is moving and


are ready to march past in quick time. The tempo increases. A new


sense of energy now. The Neutral MUSIC: "The Champion"


a time to reflect on the profile and the status of the Armed Forces. And


events in recent weeks have given us a sharp focus on that, too? Indeed.


I spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bosi, the Field Officer, two weeks'


ago. He was amazed, as was the rest of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards by


the reaction of the local population at their barracks in Hounslow to the


appalling killing of Drummer Lee Rigby. They were festooned, their


gates, with floral tributes from all sections of a multi-national and


multi-ethnic community. He also said that he had been stunned by the


"meteoric reaction" of the locals in Hounslow to their return last year


from Afghanistan. That support is of enormous significance to every


soldier and to their families to know we have the support of the


nation in very evident and very with style. Given the reference you


made to the Welsh Guards earlier, viewers will be watching what about


-- wondering about the Irish Guards. My father was extremely good at


Rugby, your national sport, and he was a barbarian he was that good. I


could not play rugby to save my life. I did not want to be a


disappointment to him. I am sure you are modest. No, true! So I joined


the Regiment from my mothers side. This is the march of the Welsh


Guards. The Queen acknowledges the tells us it is the British


Grenadiers next. The 1st Battalion British Grenadier Guards. Now the


Scots Guards's quick march. That rising tune, Highland Laddie.


done. The Field Officer saluting the My first saw the troop when I was


three years old and I wanted to do what I am doing today. And it is


mere luck that I am able to do it. I feel hugely privileged to be able to


do that. It is the closest honour to the honour of commanding your


Battalion on operations, which I have also been able to do during my


time in command, so I am a very lucky man. Dino Bossi, his childhood


dream. Sebastian, one as to say that is a huge ambition fulfilled.


Indeed. Quite a lot of us who have had a great honour to serve on this


parade and in these regiments have probably had our first dazed as


young children, watching this parade, here at horse guards and on


the television, and I know it was probably the beginning of my


ambition as well so I absolutely share what Dino Bosso has just said


and I am sure it applies to many hundreds of people involved today.


Pleased with the result so far? believe so. I've is just reflecting


that the shade of that Welsh wizard David Lord George can be pretty


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pleased with what he helped to Quick march. The Colour is now taken


right breast. -- dress. Massed Bands, moved to the right. Right


The foot guards have reformed. We have cool weather for the horses.


The Massed Bands move away, clearing the way for the Mounted Bands. The


drum horses are the only horses to hold the rank of officer. They are


majors. They are owned by Her Majesty the Queen. Big, heavy


horses, Shire or Clydesdale. They need to carry the weight of those


heavy kettledrums. Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry move to the


North side of Horse Guards Parade, by Major Paul Wilman, Riding Arial,


to ride a horse and play at the same time. As you know, horses are not


always perfectly behaved. Last year poor Achilles, one of the drum


horses for the guards, had to be removed. We thought he was


misbehaving, but in fact he was stung by a bumblebee. And the 16th


year that the Kings Troop has been on parade. They joined the ceremony


by request from the royal family. They first took part in 1998. Very


impressive sight. And a high standard riding in the Kings Troop.


Many of them compete in eventing, team chasing and showjumping.


Looking back on the history of the Kings Troop, you will find it


includes the Olympic gold medallist the King strip in August 2011. It is


his second time an parade as commanding officer. -- the Kings


acknowledges. They are the Colour of the Kings Troop. They are the real


thing, used in action in the great War. Only 25 of these in existence


today worldwide. The Troop itself has kept the title Kings Troop on


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the order of the Queen in memory of They date back to 1969 when the


Royal Horseguards, the blues, were amalgamated with the Royals, to form


the new regiment, the Blues and Royals. There Colonel is the


Princess Royal. The farriers dressed in their dark blue tunics with


glinting actors. Adam Bliss from the Lifeguards joined the Army eight


years ago and he has been a farrier Prentice what the last three years,


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due to qualify in January. -- see everyone trying to maintain a


steady sitting trot, the most comfortable gate. Good control from


is riding Lucy, and over 24 months, she has been very lucky recovering


from a life-threatening leg injury and a suspected temporary blindness.


As you can see, she is now in fine health. Her Majesty the Queen with


her great knowledge of horses, and also her affection for them,


watching carefully. There are 75 on the Troop this year. And they


include Harlequin, given to the Troop by the Queen last year. Only


five years old, so he has come a long way and this is his first


Household Cavalry, we will find Ink spot, adored by Troopers in


particular. If you bear your teeth at him, he bears his back, but not


aggressively! You will probably get Wilman salute in their special way,


the kettledrummers crossing their sticks as they pass the saluting


base. Among the musicians, Corporal of Horse, Fraser Hurman, he was


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telling me how much he was looking Director of Music will soon turn


inwards. That will signal he is handing back control to the Field


Officer and that the Household Cavalry is in position and settled.


FIELD OFFICER IN BRIGADE WAITING: Guards, Royal Salute, present arms.


# God save our gracious Queen. # Long live our noble Queen.


# God save the Queen. # Send her victorious.


# Happy and glorious. # Long to reign over us.


Guards, slow arms. Guards, in close order, left and right, dress.


Guards taking up their dress. It's accomplished with no word of command


Guard Guards will form three ranks. Form three ranks. Guards will


retire. About-turn. At the halt, by divisions, right form, quick march.


So the Guards closing up to reduce the length of the procession along


The Mall. The music is The Adjutant, Guards will advance. About-turn.


Guards on the Escort, form close Regimental Sergeant Major, Warrant


Officer 1 Martin Topps, by the Guards, left dress.


The Left Guide of the Escort, Colour Sergeant Graham Roberts from Bangor


in North Wales, the Company Quartermaster Sergeant of the Prince


of Wales Company. At the far end of the Parade Ground, Garrison Sergeant


Major Bill Mott, he is making his way along to the Approach Road,


ready to give the signal that all is clear for the Royal Procession to


leave. This is his 11th Birthday Parade in this central role. He is


the eldest of three brothers. They've all served in the Welsh


Guards. The Field Officer will ask Her Majesty's permission to march


off to conclude this parade of 2013 in the 60th anniversary year of the


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Your Majesty's Guards are ready to brings the formal part of the Parade


to an end. There is still plenty of colour and plenty of music to come.


We will be following the processions along The Mall, all the way down to


Buckingham Palace, where the crowds will be gathering right now, ready


for that balcony appearance and the fly-past. The Glass Coach being


brought back to Horse Guards. The Glass Coach was built in 1881, but


was bought in 1911 for the Coronation of King George V. It's


been used for many royal weddings since then. It is kept at Buckingham


Palace. Big windows, which allows spectators to see who is inside, so


it is a very useful vehicle on these occasions. Indeed, as the Queen


prepares to use the Glass Coach once again, it is worth remembering that


she and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled it on their wedding day in


1947. We are on The Mall. The first of the carriage processions are


returning to Buckingham Palace. In the first carriage, we have the


Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. The


Duchess of Cambridge expecting her child next month. This is her last


public engagement today before the due date. Her last solo engagement


was earlier this week, she named a new cruise ship, Royal Princess, in


Southampton. Back on Horse Guards Parade, the signal has been received


that all is fine and the music to start and the Massed Bands to play.


The Guards now march off. Marching off to a selection of music named


Arms Park, which takes us back to the great days of the 1970s in rugby


terms - great days for me that is and other Welsh people! They include


Cameron, and some of their guests from the African Nations today. They


have been enjoying a great parade, led by the Welsh Guards. The Duke of


Kent, Colonel of the Scots Guards, has accompanied the Queen today to


the Parade. The Duke of Edinburgh is Approach Road towards The Mall.


Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts is with me with some thoughts on the


end of the Parade and what that normally means for lots of the men


and women involved. Well, they still have to return to the end of The


Mall, to Buckingham Palace, and salute the Queen once more, before


making their way to Wellington Barracks and being dismissed. They


can all go confident that this has been a memorable Queen's Birthday


parade. I am tempted to say "Wales forever" has been resoundingly


proved by a magnificent parade on the part of all those Guards of the


Welsh Guards, Coldstream, Scots and Grenadiers, Household Cavalry and


the King's Troop. I think that they all deserve that lovely moment when


they remove their bearskins and helmets and can again relax. This


tradition of the monarch leading the Guards back to Buckingham Palace was


established by George V in 1914. The Parade at that time had become


increasingly popular so it was decided to provide an even more


impressive experience for thousands of spectators. That is why we see


this particular format today. It being played in a slightly more


jaunty way. The street liners, 200 of them, 1st Battalion Grenadier


Guards have been doing a good job today. Colonel James Bowder. A word


on them? It is one of the thankless tasks, unsung tasks, of every major


parade. They are known in the trade as the guttersnipe, those standing


in the gutter. That is where usually find myself, rather than standing on


this glorious square, and they have every respect and sympathy for those


who have spent a long time guarding the route. And framing that


magnificent view as the Queen returns to Buckingham Palace. One of


the world's great parades. Those street liners are an integral part


and have every reason to be enormously proud of themselves. Not


only the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, but every soldier in the


London district in that picture, and all of them can have enormous pride


in what they have taken part in today. A good moment for me to say


that the Queen's Birthday Parade is celebrated as a public holiday in


several Commonwealth countries. The exact date of the commemoration


varies, it has to be said. In Australia, it is celebrated as the


second Monday in June. In Western Australia it is slightly different,


late September or early October. The Canadians have a different way of


doing it. The public holiday on the Monday on or before the 4th of May,


Victoria Day. And malaise era, they performed their version of Trooping


the Colour on a Saturday in June. -- Malaysia. Instead of carriages, the


Royal Procession Blair is cards and limousines accompanied by a


motorcycle Escort instead of horses. -- the Royal Procession there is


cars and limousines. People looking carefully at the Birthday Honours


list today. The head of the Army is one of those receiving an honour


today. There are some members in the Household Division as well. We have


two Coldstream Guards as well. Two guards getting the MBE. And someone


closer to home, so the entire team wants to say well done and


congratulations to Clare Balding on her OBE. Thank you so much. It has


just been wonderful to walk through the crowds and people saying


congratulations, which is lovely. More importantly they have been here


since 7:15am this morning to get a good spot to watch the whole of the


Queen's Birthday Parade. At this point on the Mall the procession


comes past the two statues that mean more than anything else to the


Queen, that of her mother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and her


father, George VI. That was unveiled in 1955 and her mother in 2009. The


Queen was looking up at them as she came by and the crowds were cheering


madly of course. The wonderful sight of the Massed Bands. Resplendent in


lace, pretty much unchanged since 1865. As we enjoy these images,


joining us again in the BBC commentary box this year, the


author, commentator, Daily Mail writer, Robert Hardman. A very warm


welcome to you again. Thank you. Your impression so far? You referred


to it as a Birthday Parade, and it is nice to see the jauntiness. We


are at that point now where we all remember that it is a celebration.


This is in fact the 63rd, I think, Birthday Parade for the Queen, her


59th as monarch. Nobody on earth has seen it as often as she has, but she


will be impressed by the spectacle we have seen today. Every yard of


this grand ceremonial route along the Mall designed by Sir Aston Webb


in the early 20th century is of course lame to the Queen. It is


featured in every great event in her reign. And she travelled along it on


her wedding day in November, 1947, and vast crowds were cheering them.


And the royal weddings in the decades that have followed, it has


been a feature. Also on more sombre occasions, like a father's funeral


in 1952 and her mother's. And every year, the principal route. It was


decorated with massive correlation arches in the 50s, and the parade


was held in the 50s. Otherwise it has not changed and that is probably


one of the explanations for its enduring appeal.


Her Majesty the Queen attends the traditional ceremony of the Trooping


the Colour. The Massed Bands lead Coronation at his passes the parade.


-- under the arches passes the weather today. The sunshine has been


peeping through. A little bit of cloud but pretty good conditions as


Sebastian was telling us earlier. Otherwise over the years, apart from


the change of day from Thursday to Saturday, very few things that would


mark it out as being different in 2013 compared to 1953. The crowds


then perhaps a little more formally dressed. Probably fewer tourists


then compared to today, and there are plenty today. But otherwise many


constant features. That is why it is popular. People come to see familiar


sights, familiar uniforms, and glass coach making its way now right


along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. Why don't you tell us what


we should be expecting at this stage? As they continue down the


Mall they will be preparing the guards to go home to their barracks.


But the major participants will all be joining now to gather in


Buckingham Palace to have a deserved drink. And then to watch the flypast


of the royal Air Force. And that the Major-General and the Field Officer


in Brigade Waiting, a quick debrief from the Queen, whose birthday is


celebrated. As you have said, she has been on more of these parades


than anybody else on earth. And she has a renowned eagle eye. And she


will comment. I'm sure out of this one her comments will be enormously


positive. I suppose the question is whether she makes critical comments?


Well, I have known it, but always very forgiving. Remember my first


year on the parade, young trooping the Lifeguards lost his helmet as


they were trotting past. And he was obviously very embarrassed. His


commander was worried that he would get a rocket. The Queen observed


wasn't it a good thing that he had around the Queen Victoria Memorial.


The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Kent, today, just reminding us that


the Duke of Edinburgh is probably watching the parade in a London


clinic, Robert. Yes, sadly His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh


cannot be here today. It is not the first time he has missed it. There


have been a couple of occasions during the Queen's reign when he has


been abroad an official business. That was in 1968, the last time. The


Duke of Kent was invited to join her today. And it is a very fine site,


too. Normally the Duke of Edinburgh would be presiding at the Colonels


dinner the night before. Indeed, yes. When the Colonels joined the


Royal and the non-royal to look forward to the future. It is known


as the Senior Colonels Conference. He was deputised by the Colonel of


the Welsh Guards last night. It is at that conference that important


matters like who will be Trooping the Colour next year and so on are


discussed and arranged. We can see all the members of the royal family


on the balcony. One of the great, the largest assemblies of the royal


family in public every year. It is a great pity that the Duke of


Edinburgh is not there but everybody else's. This will be the last


occasion that we see the Duchess of Cambridge, as you pointed out. Here


come the Royal Colonels, the other members of the family, the Princess


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Royal, the Duke of Wales and the just cameras and mobile phones but


all kinds of tablets and the rest of it being used to record images and


video, too. One of the features of these public events now. Many


thousands and in some cases millions of individual records of these great


royal family on the balcony. It doesn't really invite us to think


about the future, too. Indeed. We will soon have that great moment


when the Queen can look, as it were, three rains ahead. When her hair,


regardless of sex, will be in line for the throne. We see extended


members of the family coming out onto the balcony. Lady Helen Taylor


in the background and the Duchess of the Countess of Wessex. The first


time she has written in the carriage. A very exciting day for


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the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. This is the last time we will


see the Duchess of Cambridge appearing in public ahead of the


birth of the baby next month. For many other members of the family, we


are entering the busiest period of the year, because next week we have


the great ceremonial events, and at the beginning of July the entire


court goes to the Palace of Holyrood house in Edinburgh for Scottish


engagements there. Very much a Birthday Parade but also the start


of some great royal traditions, the grace to stop -- the greatest of the


year in fact. The Queen celebrated her 87th birthday in April this


year, and of course that is the distinction. That was the actual


birthday and this is the official birthday, celebrated in mid-June. A


tradition established by Edward VII in the early 20th century. His


birthday fell in November and he did not really fancy the prospect of big


parades in November. So that the Life Guards, leading the Mounded


bands kettledrummers saluting in their usual way. The Queen takes


salute in front of the Palace. Her Majesty will retire for a few


minutes. And then she will reappear on the balcony in a short while


Majesty before she returns to the Glass Coach before the final Royal


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# God save our gracious Queen. # Long live our noble Queen.


# God save the Queen. # Send her victorious.


# Happy and glorious. # Long to reign over us.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE So, the Queen returns home, back


into Buckingham Palace. In a short while, Her Majesty will be leading


members of the Royal Family back out on to the balcony. They will all


reappear ready for the fly-past by the Royal air fors. They will be


joined by many thousands of people who -- the Royal Air Force. They


will be joined by many thousands of people who are making their way


along The Mall. Many of them might well reflect on the workload of an


87-year-old monarch who has dealt with mountains of Government papers,


advised 12 Prime Ministers, and travelled the world representing the


know not how, my parents scraped together enough money to buy a tiny


black-and-white television. The whole street crowded in. The living


room was packed with people. As the youngest person present, I was the


tea maker. Even in the pouring rain, thousands of families waving their


flags and shouting out, "Hooray!" was incredible. We were carried


away. We didn't notice the rain until it was all over. A sea of


faces and waving of flags and tremendous cheering. We are so


fortunate in this country to have the Queen as head of state, who has


done such a fantastic job for the last 61 years. Long may that


continue. Ceremonials are an important part of that. We are known


for our ceremonial the world over, the brilliant way in which we carry


it out. The Queen is committed to regular patterns within our national


life. Commonwealth Day, the Maundy Service. They are very important.


She is representing the nation by her presence in a very powerful way


for the nation as a whole. advantage of the ceremonial for the


State Opening of Parliament, there are two-thirds of the people present


who have done it before. That makes it run much more smoothly. Of


course, the linchpin of the whole ceremony is the Queen, who has done


it for 60 years. She is an expert. We are very lucky to have her there.


To get a decent seat, you have to be in two-and-a-half hours before she


arrives. It is amazing, you know, seeing her come in. It is an


incredibly special moment. It is a huge privilege to be part of


something which I think is so uniquely British. Her Majesty is so


good at carrying out her role. We forget how much work she does, what


she puts into the role. If you imagine as a young lady, since the


time of Winston Churchill, every day during that period she has a longer


experience of state papers and Government than anyone else alive.


No-one can match what she has seen. It is discipline that has driven her


right from 1947 and her commitment to what she was going to do for us.


I declare that my life shall be devoted to your service. Many people


wonder what motivates the Queen. I have not a shred of doubt about what


it is. It is duty. I don't think anything will ever change that.


NEWSREEL: His Majesty was accompanied by Princess Elizabeth...


It goes back to her upbringing. She was so well briefed by her father.


She spent hours and hours with her father, who discussed everything.


She would say, "My father told me this. He did it that way." That is


the basis of her knowledge. She has built on that. She's amazing. Her


Majesty knows the questions to ask. When there's 150 people being


awarded, that is a huge number of people to remember what they have


done. She just makes everybody feel very relaxed, very welcome and


hugely special. When you see the Queen at Windsor Horse Show, you


understand what an informal and private event to her and the Duke of


Edinburgh it really is. They can wander around their back garden and


nobody bothers them. They are amongst like-minded souls. It is a


very informal experience for everybody. The Queen has an empathy.


If you sit down and talk to her privately, you will be surprised how


much she knows of what is going on in everyone's life. It always starts


off very formal. That is what you expect. Then you find that Her


Majesty's so relaxed, you sometimes almost get carried away and start


asking questions. She is wonderful. She has a terrific sense of humour.


I remember once at Sandringham when the photographers were told by the


picture editors not to harass the Queen. The Queen turned up with her


dogs, got out of the Range Rover and she said to an aide, "Why are they


not taking any pictures?" He said, "Well, they have been told they must


not harass you." She said, "I don't know what is worse, being harassed


or being ignored!" LAUGHTER It is fantastic when you see Her Majesty


on the saluting base. You go another two inches, your chest goes another


four -- you grow another two inches, your chest grows another four


inches. Forever entwined. One voice. As members of the Armed Forces, we


serve for Queen and country, not for any one Government or political


party. It is Her Majesty that is our Commander-in-Chief and, therefore,


it is right when she leads the nation's tribute at the Cenotaph on


Remembrance Sunday. Most people would think at 87 and 92, that the


Queen and the Duke had every reason to say, "I have done my bit." But


they are still working on behalf of all of us. We have this anchor that


is there and all the changes that have taken place with technology and


so on. All that time as an anchor we have had the Queen. Throughout her


reign, she has carried out the role with great dignity, Majesty and


great love for this country and our people. We are extremely lucky to


have her and long may she go on being Queen. Wherever you go around


the world, if people speak of THE Queen, they mean OUR Queen. Her


status is recognised everywhere. would love to give her a hug, but


I'm probably not allowed. Me and thousands of others, just to say


thank you. She is there as a figurehead, as a leader, as somebody


who sets a tone and, for our nation, that is really important. The proof,


if you needed it, that the Birthday to young and old. Last year, the


Diamond Jubilee year, there was a vast crowd here for the Birthday


Parade. This year, in the 60th anniversary year of the Coronation,


it looks pretty impressive, too. Robert Hartman and Major-General Sir


Sebastian Roberts are still with me here. It is worth noting, Robert,


that, at this stage, people are beginning to think about the way the


younger Royals can share some of that burden. We are seeing some


examples of that already? Yes, we are seeing a young younger -- we are


seeing younger members of the family taking on some of the major roles.


It will be the Prince of Wales who stands in for the Queen at the


Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. The Queen is very much -


she's been very busy this week. She has held a meeting with the Privy


Council. Other members of the family have stood in when the Duke of


Edinburgh was needed. There is a big gathering of engineers at the Palace


for the Engineering Awards. The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be there


to talk to the crowds as well. So, I think we will see sensible


delegation carrying on throughout the summer until His Royal Highness


the Duke of Edinburgh is back on his feet. Last month, we saw the Prince


of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall attending the State Opening of


Parliament together for the first time, too. I don't think the Prince


of Wales has been there since 1996. We will come back to that in a


moment. We are in Green Park, the King's Troop preparing to fire their


salute. Today's will be a 41-Gun Salute. The ceremonial season has


included Royal Salutes to mark the accession to the throne, the Queen's


abbing shul birthday, the Queen's Coronation, the anniversary last


Monday -- the Queen's actual birthday, the Queen's Coronation,


the anniversary was last Monday. It is taking place in Green Park, that


is a Royal Park. They add 20 to the number which brings you to a 41-Gun


Edward and he will give the orders as they fire the salute. The


interval between each round of fire is ten seconds. It is normally


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but apparently they were just getting ready. The Royal Salute will


be fired in a few minutes time. We will go back to Green Park when that


happens. The crowd is now gathering in tens of thousands outside


Buckingham Palace. Robert, we were just saying a short while ago that


there were several examples of the burden being shared. Yes, and we


will see that carrying on. The court will go up to Edinburgh to Holyrood


House for that week of Scottish events and the royal family will


help the Queen with those events. She has been doing those things


longer than anyone. She very much knows the ropes. Now we are seeing


some of the crowds coming in here. It could start raining but I don't


think it will dampen the spirits. I have been in that crowd a number of


times and you meet an extraordinary number of people. One man flies in


every year from Australia just to be here. And I'm at the couple from


Canada who do the same. -- I met a couple. A few umbrellas and I am


just wondering what the atmosphere is like in that room behind the


balcony. It is the most extraordinary atmosphere. Many of


the people have been spectators and suddenly into that room, those who


have been participants, the Royal cannons and one or two of the other


players. I think there is an air of coming off stage. Then the plaudits


and the constructive criticisms are handed out. I have had links pointed


out to me for which I have been responsible which will not occur


again. But the atmosphere generally is one of enormous pleasure and


pride in a magnificent celebration. It is also a very rare day off of


sorts for the Queen. In that film we saw her going through the red boxes,


which pursue her around the country and around the world, every day of


the year. Her private secretary told me that she gets two days off,


Christmas Day and her birthday. So no red boxes tonight. It is also


when they hand out a complimentary glass of wine for lunch for members


of the royal household, so I'm sure there will be a party atmosphere in


the staff dining room later. should also add that there are


carrots for the horses in the see a few umbrellas up, which is a


little sad towards the end of this. I don't think it will affect the


enjoyment of the flypast, because whether it is raining or there is


sunshine, it is incredibly impressive. I've said there would be


200 aircraft in the flypast today. I think we will be a little


unlucky... Excuse me. No Spitfire or hurricane, but there will be a


an enormous crowd building up on the Mall and it is reminiscent of what


we saw at the Diamond Jubilee last year. Standing by in Green Park, the


Kings Troop, ready to fire the Royal Salute. Let's join Clare Balding.


With me is the Adjutant, Captain John Gibson. The Queen visited you


two years ago for -- two weeks ago. Yes, she came to Woolwich Barracks


to present operational medals to two soldiers and to meet the horses.


will be firing a salute shortly and also a special one next month.


Absolutely, historically on the birth of the Royal Prince and


Princess we will fire within a certain time period to mark at


birth. A significant event which we are looking forward to. And a


special presentation after it? Yes, the first part which case fired will


be presented to the proud parents. How have things been going today?


think things have been going very well and we are in position to fire


now and we look forward to it. can you relax and enjoy the day or


are you under pressure? I rode on parade last year, which was a great


deal more pressure. Today, once the planning is done, it goes like


clockwork and you know what will happen and it is fantastic to be


part. Timing is being precise, that Royal Salute will be at 12:52pm. And


a special salute for the birth of the royal baby as well, which we


expect to be next month. Nothing excites the nation so as the birth


Buckingham Palace that Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth,


Duchess of Edinburgh, was safely delivered of a Prince at 9:14pm.


cameraman secured these latest pictures of Prince Charles beginning


one of his daily outings in the together again to celebrate


is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. Was it a very painful


experience? Have you ever had a baby? No, I haven't.Why should wait


and see! The new printable one day inherit, if not the earth, then the


United Kingdom. -- the new Prince will one day inherit. The Prince of


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by the Kings Troop is well under little more sunshine, thankfully,


many thousands of people, making their way down from Admiralty Arch


in the general direction of Horse Guards Parade. Through St James'


Park down towards Buckingham Palace. The great expanse of the Mall down


towards the Queen Victoria Memorial, glinting in the sunshine today.


Robert Hardman, there will be lots of people wondering when they see


the entire family the balcony, they will be looking at Prince William,


wondering what the next month will bring for him and his growing


family, and what the future holds. It is a very busy time for Prince


William and the Duchess with the baby due next month. He have to make


a decision very soon on what he does next. His three-year period as a


search and rescue pilot with the RAF in Anglesey comes to a close in


September. He have to decide whether he wants to renew that. He can do


another three-year rotation. You might choose to take on another role


within the Armed Forces. He has a third role option which would be to


leave the armed forces and take up full-time royal duties. We are


awaiting an announcement on that. People will be much more interested


in and another -- in another announcement that will be made next


month to the Commonwealth and the world. A good moment to underline


the very important and significant piece of legislation which changed


the succession rules. Absolutely. This child, boy or girl, will


automatically be third in line to the throne. That really does usher


in an entirely new era for real succession. Through history we have


been far more predisposed toward having Kings, we have had far more


Kings than half a dozen or so Queens, but the odds would seem to


be an 50-50. We might have many more queens and many more days like


today. Boy or girl, one day many years into the future that baby will


be experiencing the events that we see here today. They know that


within a few seconds the Queen and members of the royal family will be


appearing on that famous balcony. And that will tell them that the


five passed by the Royal Air Force -- the flypast by the Royal Air


Force will be just a few moments away because these things are timed


precisely. I was saying that because of volatile weather conditions,


notably the wind, the Spitfire and the Hurricane will not be with us,


but we are hoping to see a Lancaster as part of the RAF Memorial flight.


They will be towards the front sections of the flypast when we have


it. There will be some impressive elements following that. And the Red


Arrows, of course, will be the climax of the flypast, as they


always are. A very important year for the Lancaster of course. The


70th anniversary of the dambusters so it will take a prominent place.


And the Queen, with huge cheers, leading the royal family onto the


balcony. Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry,


still very much a captain in the Royal Army Air Corps. The Duke of


York, the Duchess of Cornwall on the left. And all the rest of the family


filing into place. This is one if not the biggest appearance of the


royal family. And if we look in the distance, we might see the


aeroplanes. The 95th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. We think 30


aircraft, 30 different types. Eight elements, 30 seconds apart. The


first element, the support helicopter force. Currently


providing vital equipment for forces City of London, across central


London, down the Mall, over Buckingham Palace and then out


towards West London. And there, the lovely sight of the Lancaster. Part


of the RAF Memorial Flight. One of only two airworthy Lancasters still


going. One in Canada and this one. Very well looked after in


Lincolnshire. Broad smiles from the Queen. We normally see the Lancaster


with the Hurricane and the Spitfire, but we are happy to see just the


Lancaster today representing they RAF Memorial Flight. The third


element, Tornadoes. The 70th anniversary of the famous dambusters


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these based at Brize Norton. You cannot convey the thundering noise


of this flypast making its way over central London and over Horse


VC10. The Tri-Star is carrying 50 air cadets as passengers, so a great


massive Voyager and two Tornado aeroplanes and two Typhoons. The


Voyager will replace the Tri-Star force. The biggest commission ever


The Royal Air Force aerobatics team. Nine Hawk T1s of the Red Arrows. A


magnificent sight in red, white and blue over Buckingham Palace for the


and cheering. In this, the 60th anniversary year of the Coronation


in 1953. She looks very happy. Prince Harry looking an and the


Duchess of Cambridge smiling, too. She is preparing for a very


important month ahead. The Royal Standard flying in the breeze about


Buckingham Palace. The Queen and three generations of the royal


family making their way back into the Palace. The Birthday Parade of


2013 is at an end. Another superb display on Horse Guards, led by the


Welsh Guards and an equally impressive display by the Royal Air


Force to round off the events. Don't forget, you can enjoy it all again.


Live from the Horse Guards Parade in London, Huw Edwards introduces the world's most famous military parade, where the colour of the Welsh Guards is trooped to mark the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Celebrations include the famous balcony appearance and flypast at Buckingham Palace in this, her Coronation Anniversary year.

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