2013 Trooping the Colour


2013

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

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

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

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

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here today following events from this window as they enjoy the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghanistan, which reminds everyone watching that they combine these

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forces, along with representatives from many foreign nations, including

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

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

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

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Battalion Grenadier Guards today. Along the route, poignant reminders

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

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

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Bands waiting to accompany the company and other members of the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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your responsibility today? responsibility today has been

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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extraordinary combination of ancient tradition and modern professionalism

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

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who have achieved the same remarkable standards in ceremonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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majority of the battalion formed the Police Mentoring Advisory Group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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volatile situation which was threatening his mission. He was only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to Afghanistan in April. A successful Birthday Parade depends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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# Send her victorious. # Happy and glorious.

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

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

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

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of York and his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess

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

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

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final public engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge before the due

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

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

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attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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will be a national anthem to greet them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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now responsible for delivering ceremonial and public duties. Quite

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a responsibility. The four Troopers provided by the Lifeguards this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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provided by the Lifeguards. The distinctive red tunics, white

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

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

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Household Cavalry to Escort the Sovereign to the parade is a

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

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Lifeguards providing the first and second divisions, meaning that this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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260 official overseas visits, including 96 state visits in that

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time to 116 different countries. Representatives of lots of those

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

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Mark Hargreaves, very soon will provide his own special distinctive

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

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

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

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

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Standard will be broken or released. The Field Officer will

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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# Send her victorious. # Happy and glorious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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as the GOC London District. Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Massed Bands preparing to play one of the most enduringly popular

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Afghanistan earlier this year, Major Christopher Rees from Maesteg in

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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they will shortly be escorting the Colour, which records Battle

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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the Grenadier Guards Slow March, MUSIC: "Scipio"

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By Handel. This is the Scots Guards Slow Marsh,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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from Afghanistan. That support is of enormous significance to every

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the kettledrummers crossing their sticks as they pass the saluting

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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

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

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

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

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

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# God save the Queen. # Send her victorious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in North Wales, the Company Quartermaster Sergeant of the Prince

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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making their way to Wellington Barracks and being dismissed. They

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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increasingly popular so it was decided to provide an even more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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several Commonwealth countries. The exact date of the commemoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Royal Procession Blair is cards and limousines accompanied by a

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

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cars and limousines. People looking carefully at the Birthday Honours

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

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

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

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

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

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just been wonderful to walk through the crowds and people saying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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one of the explanations for its enduring appeal.

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Her Majesty the Queen attends the traditional ceremony of the Trooping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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then perhaps a little more formally dressed. Probably fewer tourists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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see the Duchess of Cambridge appearing in public ahead of the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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bands kettledrummers saluting in their usual way. The Queen takes

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

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

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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.

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# God save the Queen. # Send her victorious.

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

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE So, the Queen returns home, back

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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advised 12 Prime Ministers, and travelled the world representing the

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

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

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

:05:10.:05:20.
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tea maker. Even in the pouring rain, thousands of families waving their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:06:29.:06:32.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:07:21.:07:25.

experience of state papers and Government than anyone else alive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:09:15.:09:22.

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

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

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

:09:32.:09:39.

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

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

:09:44.:09:48.

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

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

:09:52.:09:58.

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

:09:58.:10:04.

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

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

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

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

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

:10:32.:10:35.

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

:10:35.:10:40.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:11:28.:11:31.

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

:11:31.:11:36.

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

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

:11:45.:11:51.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:13:51.:13:58.

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

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delegation carrying on throughout the summer until His Royal Highness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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

:17:13.:17:20.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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balcony. It is the most extraordinary atmosphere. Many of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Absolutely, historically on the birth of the Royal Prince and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buckingham Palace that Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth,

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

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cameraman secured these latest pictures of Prince Charles beginning

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one of his daily outings in the together again to celebrate

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

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

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the very important and significant piece of legislation which changed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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today. Boy or girl, one day many years into the future that baby will

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be experiencing the events that we see here today. They know that

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within a few seconds the Queen and members of the royal family will be

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appearing on that famous balcony. And that will tell them that the

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five passed by the Royal Air Force -- the flypast by the Royal Air

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Force will be just a few moments away because these things are timed

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precisely. I was saying that because of volatile weather conditions,

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notably the wind, the Spitfire and the Hurricane will not be with us,

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but we are hoping to see a Lancaster as part of the RAF Memorial flight.

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They will be towards the front sections of the flypast when we have

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it. There will be some impressive elements following that. And the Red

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Arrows, of course, will be the climax of the flypast, as they

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always are. A very important year for the Lancaster of course. The

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70th anniversary of the dambusters so it will take a prominent place.

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And the Queen, with huge cheers, leading the royal family onto the

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balcony. Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry,

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still very much a captain in the Royal Army Air Corps. The Duke of

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York, the Duchess of Cornwall on the left. And all the rest of the family

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filing into place. This is one if not the biggest appearance of the

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royal family. And if we look in the distance, we might see the

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aeroplanes. The 95th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. We think 30

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aircraft, 30 different types. Eight elements, 30 seconds apart. The

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first element, the support helicopter force. Currently

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providing vital equipment for forces City of London, across central

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London, down the Mall, over Buckingham Palace and then out

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towards West London. And there, the lovely sight of the Lancaster. Part

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of the RAF Memorial Flight. One of only two airworthy Lancasters still

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going. One in Canada and this one. Very well looked after in

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Lincolnshire. Broad smiles from the Queen. We normally see the Lancaster

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with the Hurricane and the Spitfire, but we are happy to see just the

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Lancaster today representing they RAF Memorial Flight. The third

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element, Tornadoes. The 70th anniversary of the famous dambusters

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these based at Brize Norton. You cannot convey the thundering noise

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of this flypast making its way over central London and over Horse

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VC10. The Tri-Star is carrying 50 air cadets as passengers, so a great

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massive Voyager and two Tornado aeroplanes and two Typhoons. The

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Voyager will replace the Tri-Star force. The biggest commission ever

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The Royal Air Force aerobatics team. Nine Hawk T1s of the Red Arrows. A

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magnificent sight in red, white and blue over Buckingham Palace for the

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and cheering. In this, the 60th anniversary year of the Coronation

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in 1953. She looks very happy. Prince Harry looking an and the

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Duchess of Cambridge smiling, too. She is preparing for a very

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important month ahead. The Royal Standard flying in the breeze about

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Buckingham Palace. The Queen and three generations of the royal

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family making their way back into the Palace. The Birthday Parade of

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2013 is at an end. Another superb display on Horse Guards, led by the

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Welsh Guards and an equally impressive display by the Royal Air

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Force to round off the events. Don't forget, you can enjoy it all again.

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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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