2014 Trooping the Colour


Live from Horse Guards Parade in London, Huw Edwards introduces the world's most famous military parade, marking Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday.

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birthday is celebrated with the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. The


parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along the Mall, to Horse


Guards Parade and back again. Rousing music, immaculate drill and


spend did colour, stand-by for the Queen's Birthday Parade.


2014, a remember of notable events, we have commemorated the 70th


anniversary of D-Day and we are preparing to mark the centenary of


the outbreak of the Great War. A blend, if you like, of past,


present, and indeed, future in the shape of today's escort found by


Nijmegan Company Grenadier Guards. Many of the Guardsmen are new


recruits. In fact, the officers and Guardsmen in the Escort today, it is


their first time on Horse Guards for the Queen's Birthday Parade. Some


8,000 people are watching the ceremony today. Many of them have


applied successfully for tickets. It is a competitive process. They are


joined by diplomats from Commonwealth States and beyond along


with military leaders, and senior ministers, heads of the armed forces


are here, not just from the UK, but from the USA and other countries


too. The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond and other Cabinet


colleagues. Mag nificent sight along the Mall,


decked with Union Flags to celebrate the Queen's birthday. The street


liners were involved on Horse Guards last year when the 1st Battalion


Welsh Guards trooped their colour with great style. A look at


Buckingham Palace. The Mounted Bands, the Sovereign's Escort


waiting there to accompany the Queen and other members of the Royal


Family to Horse Guards. This year, once again, we are providing full


coverage of today's parade on BBC One and we will be staying on air to


see the balcony appearance and the big fly-past and there is continuous


unedited coverage for you on the Red Button. I'm delighted to say we have


a new member of the BBC team at Trooping the Colour, Suzi Perry is a


the Royal Mews seeing how they put the finishing touches to the


preparations. Well, it is calm down here. This is Philippa, she is the


Coachman, the first female Coachman at Buckingham Palace. She is


beavering away polishing the saddle and they have spent weeks preparing


and they have to polish because the heat plays havoc with the brass.


Sheer are the Cleveland bays that will be pulling the carriages later


on. They are taking part in the parade. This is Perth, Stephen is


putting the last touches to him. They have been out this morning for


their ride, but it is very calm which is good because the horses


pick up, of course, on the atmosphere, but they're certainly


ready down here. Back with Suzi later. Someone who understands every


twist and turn of today's ceremony is my special guest, Brigadier


Roland Walker. There he is commanding the parade in 2010. That


was the last time the Grenadier Guards trooped their colour on Horse


Guards. Your Majesty's Guards are ready to march off now. That was


four years ago. Today, he is with me in the commentary position high


above the Parade Ground. Roland, welcome to you. What are you looking


forward to? Well, thank you very much, Huw. I'm looking to watching


this from the comfort of your commentary box and seeing it again.


My memory was quite a blur because we had just come back from


Afghanistan and as you will see, it generally all happens behind you


when you are in charge. So I'm excited for the troops on parade and


for their families watching. It is a big day for them. A chance to show


their respect for the sovereign in front of such an impressive audience


of We look forward to it. Let me say, all Guardsmen joining the


Grenadiers begin their careers in Nijmegan Company. The majority of


those in today's escorts are new recruits. We joined them a few


months ago for their first parade rehearsal as they began to


understand the demands of taking rehearsal as they began to


finishing school. 17 and 18 years old, turning up and into a battalion


of 600 men can be extremely difficult. Some of the


of 600 men can be extremely two or three days ago, they


of 600 men can be extremely taken down to the clothing


of 600 men can be extremely they are pass add bearskin. --


passed a bearskin. They have got me screaming and shouting at them. We


are keeping it at today. I joined Nijmegan Company six


weeks ago. It was a shock to the system going from a month to doing


this. expect mistakes. I'm not going to


shout at you. It is better to get it wrong now than get it wrong on the


day. We're here and there wrong now than get it wrong on the


point in crying about it. Let's get on with it. A five minute break.


That's all we had and straightaway you forgot it. It is all about


giving 100% and being keen at all times. It is hard work and


determination. You must keep up with the front-line. You get the few


arguments here and there. Someone stepped on my boot. Being the


front-line it makes me nervous and you need to be switched on at all


times. Everything has got to be pitch perfect. It has gone wrong at


that end. There will be a bit of pressure on the day especially when


Her Majesty is sat only a few meters away from you, but it is an honour.


I always wanted to be part of the Queen's Birthday Parade and here I


am. The first one they do, they will be the Escort. They will probably


never be the Escort again in their Army career. That makes me extremely


proud and it should make them extremely proud as well. Get away.


Get away. And they're standing proudly with


their men, is Colonel Sergeant Major Brooks. The Escort are provided by


Nijmegan Company, Grenadier Guards. A very prominent Grenadier Guards on


Horse Guards this year. No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards providing


number six guard and next to them number five guard provided by F


Company Scots Guards. The Irish Guards have musicians in the Massed


Bands. Over 200 Irish Guards men deployed in Cyprus. They sent us


this message. From all soldiers in the 1st


Battalion Irish Guards, we would like to wish the soldiers on the


Queen's Birthday Parade today all the best of luck. Have a gleaming


parade. Three cheers for Her Majesty. Hip-hip. Hooray. Hip-hip.


Hooray. Three cheers from Cyprus. The officer commanding today's


parade is the Field Officer in brigade waiting, Charles Broughton.


He has been talking to Suzi. 18 years of service and here you are on


your first ever Birthday Parade and you are commanding it. Anything you


feel anxious about? We are as well prepared as we can, I'm concerned my


voice won't hold out. You are in good hands with Winston, all 6.1 one


of them. He is a dab hand at this? He has done the parade eight times.


Six as a regimental horse, he knows the parade better than I do. He can


go up steps? He has done that numerous times. But it is his last


one. This is his last parade and his last day in the Army. Well, let's


hope it is a good one. How proud do you feel to be doing this today?


Immensely. To be in front of 1300 troops and Her Majesty, the Queen,


is a day in the life. I know your daughters are watching. Good luck


and have a fantastic day. Thank you very much indeed.


Thank you. Back on horse Guinness Book Horse Guards, the Colour Party


is in place. A great honour to be selected for a central role in the


parade. The sergeant of the escort is Sergeant Gregory Mann. The colour


being trooped today is the Queen's colour, Nijmegan Company Grenadier


Guards. One of those hard won honours for the Battle of Nijmegan.


It is # 70 years ago that the Grenadiers fought to liberate the


Dutch town. I was a regular soldier before the


war. I joined in 1938. We didn't land until after D-Day and the first


battle we had was near Cannes. We never had a bale before. -- battle


before. None of us enjoyed it. I think we got better after that and


we became really a good battalion. All the other bridges up to Nijmegan


were taken easily by the airborne troops and it was a bit of a mess.


We were supposed to go straight through and over the bridge to


Arnhem, but when we arrived there, the bridge had not been taken and it


was quite clear that they were prepared to blow it up rather than


for us to come over, but the man who was really splendid was the Sergeant


Robinson who went over in the first tank. He was a splendid man and over


he went and I don't know, I was in the fourth tank or something. I felt


I was near enough to Sergeant Robinson to get into trouble if the


bridge did go up. So much of the war, you never saw the end product


of what you did, but our end product was two bridges and really a


successful battle. I think it was a good Grenadier occasion. The


Nijmegan Company is called that and I think they are splendid. I really


do. I think it is rather nice to think that you know, it is a very


minor skirmish, but at least it is remembered after all these years.


Lord Carrington, the former Foreign Secretary, sharing his memories of


the Battle of Nijmegan and almost 6,000 mems of the household --


members of the Household Division lost their lives. The memorial


damaged during the Blitz and the war, much of the damage left


unrepaired as a powerful reminder of the losses. Buckingham Palace, the


first Royal Procession is about to leave for Horse Guards.


The first carriage, the Duchess Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of


Cambridge and Prince Harry too. Making their way around the Queen


Victoria Memorial and past Canada Gate and St James' Park, the second


carriage, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of


Wessex too. In the third carriage, the Duke of Kent and


Wessex too. In the third carriage, Princess Alexandra. The crowds are


gathered already near Buckingham Palace. They are waiting for the


fly-past later on, but obviously enjoying this first Royal


Procession. Of course, as we see the first carriage here and the Duchess


of Cambridge, we're thinking of this time last year, tremendous


excitement at the prospect of a royal birth and just over a month


after last year's parade, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcoming


their first child, Prince George of Cambridge. He was born on 22nd July.


Prince Harry, who turns 30, in a few months time on the 15th September.


So the red surface of the Mall up to Admiralty Arch and a lovely green


expanse of St James' Park there. Field officers trumpeter of the


sovereign's escort. This is the 62nd year of the Queen's rain, it has


been a busy time for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. In the past


few weeks, --. The Royal Colonels the Duke of Edinburgh. In the past


Salute in their way as well. The Duke of Cambridge, the Prince of


Wales and the Princess Royal. In the past few weeks, the Queen has


attended the State Opening of Parliament, there has been the


attended the State Opening of visit to France, very successful,


and the D-Day Commemorations, with the full schedule continuing into


next week with the Garter ceremony on Monday. The Queen, who celebrated


her 88th birthday on April the 21st, quietly at Windsor. Today's events


on a much grander scale, and a celebration of her official


birthday. Today, the Queen and the Duke, travelling in this cabbage,


the first time we have seen it -- travelling in this carriage. They


used the glass coach last year. The first three cabbages in the


procession making good progress now along the Mall, past the cheering


crowds as they prepare to turn onto the Approach Road and travel down to


Horse Guards Parade itself. Lots of MPs yesterday cheering from


the Youth Enclosure, which is just to the right of these images. We


will see more of them in a short while.


The Duchess of Cornwall was also commemorating the D-Day


Commemorations last week, meeting the veterans of the Glider Pilot


Regiment. We have more than 1100 young people in the Youth


Enclosure. Some of them from Stirling, some from Pontypridd, this


year. The formation has changed, No three Court has opened up, ready to


welcome the first of the world guests.


When the first of the cabbages passes on to the parade ground, the


bands will play the National Anthem. Prince Harry saluting on Horse


Guards Parade, he has retained the rank of captain in Household


Calvary. Wearing his Diamond Jubilee and Afghanistan medals as well. The


cabbages approaching the Horse Guards building, where the Royal


party will watch the parade. They have the best vantage point to see


what is going on. At this point in the preparations, looking ahead to


the Queen's arrival, Roland, how did you feel at this point? There is no


going back from this point. You know they are on their way, you can hear


the cabbages and the horses clattering down the Mall. I was


rehearsing all the lines over and over again.


Such an impressive sight along the Mall. The sovereign 's escort


leading her major e-commerce the Duke of Edinburgh, to the parade


ground. The brigade major leading the way, Simon Soskin of the


Grenadier Guards. Troopers of the blues and royals. They are leading


the way. The brigade major is responsible for delivering state


ceremonial and public duties in London. His second Queen's Birthday


Parade, after becoming the parade major in 2012. He is riding Oscar.


The Mounted Bands, the Household Calvary, one of the great from


horses. They will be really performing later, they have a


starring role today. Captain David Hammond, the director of music for


The Mounted Bands. His first Queen's Birthday Parade. A great honour. But


quite a challenge for him, too. We have four divisions of the sovereign


's escort. The 1st and 2nd divisions provided this year by the blues and


royals. Their distinctive plumes and tunics, the state helmet gleaming,


they are designed I Prince Albert, back in 1842.


Then, the 3rd and 4th divisions of the sovereign 's escort. Provided by


the Life Guards, a splendid sight in there eventually next and white


plumes, the senior regiment of the British Army, the roots going back


to 1660, Charles II, at the time of the monarchy.


The Head Coachman, Mark Hargreaves. It is remarkable, to realise the


Queen first took part in 1947, at 21, the first parade after the war,


writing as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. She had a first reviewed


detachments of all six battalions at Windsor Castle on her 16th birthday.


The Duke of Edinburgh, he celebrated his 93rd birthday in the past week.


The Grenadier Guards. That is a position he has held since March


1975. The uniform of the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. He was


visiting the 1st Battalion at Aldershot, he presented long service


and good conduct medals and posed for the odd photograph. He enjoyed


his strong link with the regiment. The Mounted Bands of the Household


Calvary, 50 men, 51 horses. The musicians wearing state dress, the


embroidered gold tunic with the dark blue jockey cap.


The Head Coachman making sure that the Queen is arriving in comfort and


on time. the Queen is arriving in comfort and


hand horse is Daniel. He is very experienced, his seventh birthday


parade as Head Coachman. The cheers filling the air from the


Youth Enclosure. The cheers filling the air from the


participants enjoying the pageantry and colour and music. The boys


Brigade, girls Brigade, guides and scouts.


The Queen is wearing an outfit by Angela Kelly, first worn on the


state visit to Australia three days ago, a powder blue satin silk


outfit, wearing the approach of the big aid of guards. The Head Coachman


leads the way on to Horse Guards Parade, towards the building for the


birthday parade of 2014. Standing with dignity, the Chelsea


Pensioners, their combined age, 832 years, the oldest being 92.


Pensioners, their combined age, 832 are 11 of them. The coachman will


salute the colour with the whip. One of several forms of salute we will


see today, and then the three Royal Colonels Salute Inc as they pass.


The Duke of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, followed


by the two nonroyal kernels, Lord Guthrie and James Buchan.


The Queen's birthday parade is about to begin at the stroke of 11am. She


will step onto the saluting base, the Royal standard will be unfurled


and the field officer will be his command -- give his command for the


national anthem to be played. Lieutenant Colonel Charles Broughton


preparing to order the Royal Salute. Well, the Queen's first duty is to


inspect her troops and to do that, there is going to be some rousing


music. A new Senior Director of Music this year, Wayne Hopler of the


Irish Guards. The first piece he is going to conduct is composed by a


former band member of the Coldstream Guards.


The music changes to first finest -- the music changes to First Finest.


The title First Finest reflecting the pride in the regiment.


The sovereign standard of the Blues and Royals. The Queen presented new


standards to the Household Cavalry at the end of May on Horse Guards.


It only happens once a decade. The Coachman saluting the sovereign's


standard. The Royal Colonels too. And the non-Royal Colonels. The


King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery ready for their dramatic appearance


on the Parade Ground later on. The lead gun


on the Parade Ground later on. The Colour. Equal to the colour


on the Parade Ground later on. The trooped today which is why it is


saluted. Colour. Equal to the colour being


trooped today which is why it Major General commanding the Household


Division is Major General Smyth-Osbourne. Then Commanding


Officer in the Household Cavalry and he commanded Prince William


Officer in the Household Cavalry and Prince Harry when they joined the


Household Division. It is a huge Prince Harry when they joined the


honour to be involved in Prince Harry when they joined the


Birthday Parade, not least because as a parade, it captures the essence


for many of the Army. But it is also for me a personal


for many of the Army. But it is also back to command an organisation that


I joined over 30 years ago and it is perhaps old-fashioned, but


interesting to say that the discipline and the precision that


underpins a parade on Horse Guards encapsulates exactly the same values


and standards that underpins an effective operational soldier.


Edward Smyth-Osbourne, Major General. Roland a word on the


importance of his role today? Yes, I worked for him when I


importance of his role today? Yes, I He is every inch the operational


soldier having commanded at every level and operations. So this is a


new thing for him. His first Birthday Parade having just come


back from the NATO head quarters in Afghanistan. So it is a big day for


him. The Massed Bands are ready and the Senior Director of Music leading


a band of 200 musicians, there are some ten ranks and 20 trombones, it


is a magnificent sound and they are preparing to play a firm favourite


of the Queen's Birthday Parade, one of the best loved military marches.


It is an opportunity for the Massed Bands to take centre stage. The last


time it wasn't played was back in 1936.


Quick march. The quick march is Captain General composed by


Lieutenant General Dunn. It marks the Duke of Edinburgh's association


with the Royal Marines. It is about showing that today is about all


three services and not just the household troops.


The lone drummer leading the Massed Bands march to go a position to the


right of the escort. He joined the Grenadiers back in 2011 and what he


is doing now is signalling the next phase of the parade.


the pace stick. That is him to draw his sword, ready to protect the


colour later. This ball turn of the escort.


Dash-mac the subaltern. The escort steps of crisply and


smartly, marching to the June of The British Grenadiers. Quite a moment.


Quite, this is where all eyes are on the escort, this is the essence of


the parade. They go forward the escort, this is the essence of


escort the colour with all of its implications, to a great rousing


tune. They will be standing tall, ready to march off, moving forward


with pride and conviction. Rather daunting if you were facing them


down. The senior director of music making


his way through to the new position close to the front.


It is a splendid moment for Warrant Officer Darren Westlake, the


regimental Sergeant Major. 20 years ago, he was also in the escort, of


the second Battalion. He trooped their colour. Here he is again


today, preparing to take possession of the colour, detecting it with his


sword, ready to hand it to the ensign.


The ensign joined the week before the training began. He has received


the colour. The birthday parade enters a new


phase. The Escort for the Colour has been changed into the Escort to the


Colour, having taken possession of it.


Escort to the Colour will advance. Slow march!


The escort advances in slow time, the band plays Escort to the Colour


by Richard Ridings. Here we have the most difficult


challenge for the bands, they have to change direction with very little


room for manoeuvre in this famously impenetrable move known as the spin


wheel. 63 new members of the Massed Bands this year, so it is even more


tricky. No written instructions. Prince Harry equally intrigued. One


of the most experienced voices among the hundreds of members, Steve


Staite, his 12th consecutive birthday parade, he is one of the


experts on the spin wheel. While all of this is happening, I suppose it


is easy to get distract it? Thank you for reminding me! This is where


I nearly got it wrong. We are coming to a stage where the band will cut


out, and that is the signal for the Brigade waiting to give the word of


command to present arms. I started daydreaming, looking at the crowd,


and I missed the cut out, and I had this awful feeling that something


was wrong. I realised it was me, I just managed to get the word in in


time. Nobody noticed, we will keep it between you and me! We did not


notice! Present arms! The music changes to the


Grenadiers Slow March, arranged by Fred Harris, and the moment has come


for Oliver Wace, as all eyes are upon him.


This is new for me, I'd joined on the 13th of December, when I was


commissioned out of Sandhurst, and the drill there is similar but very


different. It is a huge challenge for me. My grandfather fought for


the good idea cards in World War II, through North Africa and Italy,


where he was wounded. He was a large inspiration for me and the main


reason why I joined the Grenadier Guards.


A lovely story about his grandfather, who was wounded at an


epic battle in Italy in 1944. It was whilst recovering that he befriended


the man at the next-door bed, who became his father-in-law, having


introduced him to his daughter after the war. A lovely end to the story.


Such an important moment now. A good time for us to reflect on what the


colour signifies and what the battle honours signify. Indeed, there is


the obvious historical significance of the colours as a means to control


troops in battle, they have always been treated and guarded with great


reverence, and there are many tales of soldiers and officers protecting


their colours and risking it all. That will be recorded in pictures.


The last colour was carried in battle in 1881, so today they


represent the soul of the regiment, by recording their battle honours,


which are engraved on every officer's sword. It is a collective


recognition of the regiment's bravery and success. Thoughts today


as well for the family of Lance Corporal James Ashworth.


as well for the family of Lance Afghanistan. He was awarded The


Victoria Cross for his remarkable bravery. He was here back in 2007.


Holt! Escort to the Colour will advance! Left turn! Escort to the


Colour take arms! The tune is Hazlemere and composed


by Major Tom Birkett. Numbers one to five, guards.


Advance. Turn. Number six guard. March. Move to the


right in threes. Form threes. Right. Guards, march past and slow. By the


left. Slow march. So the Colour has been trooped and we move into the


march past. All of these troops will march past Her Majesty. This neutral


slow march is by Stuart Watson and John Lewis and written to


commemorate Captain Robert Laurence, a Grenadier Guards Officer killed by


the IRA back in May of 19 77 and awarded the George Cross.


This is what so many people come to see and what so many people admire


around the world, not just the colour, not just the music, but


really, it is the precision and it is that great military attention to


detail and of course, a great view there of the hallmarks of the


Guardsmen, the bearskin with all of its practical challenges. Roland.


Yes, this looks rather elegant and controlled, but I can assure you


particularly when they get into the quick march there, is all very hot


and noisy in the ranks with lots of Josling and cursing to keep everyone


on the move. As you can see, they are tightly packed in. They're


shoulder-to-shoulder, they're being pushed left to right. The hob nailed


boots and the bearskin gives you a curtain to mask your vision. As they


stand there, they will be relieved to get going and hopefully no one


has strapped an alarm clock inside their vest timed to go off during


the parade and there is nothing they can do about it. They have got a


good physical workout as anyone who has been drilled by an enthusiastic


drill sergeant will know and they will be straining to hear and react


to their own officers. So they have got a lot to think about and a lot


to concentrate on. Looking on with great interest, David Cameron, and


Samantha Cameron. As the march past gets underway, the


sun is creeping through the clouds. It looked rather grey and


threatening earlier today, but it opened up a little bit. The Colour


is being brought to the front of the escort ready for the march past.


So the Grenadier Guards today's escort is almost ready it now move


off and to march past in slow time. Led by the Field Officer Lieutenant


Colonel Broughton and Major Richard Led by the Field Officer Lieutenant


Green. The Queen acknowledging 98 and Company, they first trooped


their Colour for the Queen back in 2001. It was a rather wet day then.


It was just the second time they trooped their colour. The Grenadier


Guards recognisable there with their single button. The Queen


acknowledges again the first regiment. A single button. The white


plumes and the grenade collar emblem.


So the Ensign raises the Standard again having lowered it initially.


The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards closes that


relationship, Roland. It is very close. He means a lot to the


regiment, as much as those serving today as to the many veterans, many


of whom, are his good friends. I found him very easy to host when he


came to visit. He is always teasing us about our army ways. But it is


great to see him on us about our army ways. But it is


has had a very long association with us. He lent his support for


fund-raising for those in need and he has been a very active colonel.


He vfted the battalion and hosted two regimental council meetings and


attended the first Cards Club dinner. The music is changing. The


Scots Guards slow march. And another change. The Coldstream


Guards slow march, Figaro by Mozart. The Adjutant of the parade, Captain


Paddy Rice of the Grenadier Guards with the flourish of the sword will


signal this march past in slow time is complete. Interesting story


because back in October of 2009 he survived being shot in the neck by a


Taliban sniper. After two weeks, at the Camp Bastion field hospital, he


returned to his regiment and completed the remainder of the tour.


That's Captain Paddy Rice. Field Officer rides out to salute the


Queen. The slow march is complete. Well, the 1st Battalion Coldstream


Guards are deployed on operations in Afghanistan providing force


protection in Kabul for British and NATO head quarters and the Afghan


military academy. Nearly 300 men left in February of this year. The


battalion's third tour of the Afghan campaign, and they will return to


their Windsor base in August and they will be the last of the


Household Division to serve in Afghanistan before combat operations


are brought to an end this year. They sent us this message. I know


the Grenadiers will do a first class job today. I wishes Lieutenant


Colonel Charles Broughton all the best of luck as well as those on


parade. Have a cracking time. Enjoy it. Her Majesty will be watching and


there is no standard, but perfection. I would like to wish my


father Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall and Geoffrey Bucknall the


best of luck on today's parade. We are a long way from home and our


thoughts are with everyone at home. We wish you a happy birthday today,


Your Majesty. Happy birthday Your Majesty. Happy birthday Your


Majesty. Birthday greetings for Her Majesty, the Queen from Afghanistan.


And your experience, Roland, will underline what is going on there?


That dual role and you returning in 2010? Very much so. We have all done


our time in Afghanistan and as you say, this show cases that almost


unique role as combat troops on the one hand and Household troops on the


other. It also, I think, shows how complementary the roles are in


representing the standards of the army in terms of commitment and


loyalty and the clip from the Coldstream Guards shows what a


strong bond exists between these Guards regiments. 90% common parts,


but we're distinguished by our differences.


Prince Harry is enjoying, as the neutral quick march gets underway.


It is called Nijmegan and Company. The Guards are going to march past


in quick time. A new sense of dynamicism. This march was composed


by Lieutenant Sergeant Hills a former Grenadier Guards. Last played


back in 2001 at the Birthday Parade when Nijmegan and Company were


trooping. purpose with this March in


QuickTime. Lots of enjoying the music. Some


Commonwealth heads of government here today as well, they have been


attending a conference at the Foreign Office. The Queens company


have all recently returned from the Falkland Islands, they will deploy


in Kenyan in November with the battalion. On the parade ground


today, two guardsmen with No two Court who were injured while serving


in Afghanistan in 2012. Benjamin Kumadey, they recently transferred


from The Royal Welsh Regiment, and among them as well, Lee Scanlon, he


served in the Grenadier Guards for 13 years, he was shot in Afghanistan


and made a full recovery, recently deployed to Brunei on a training


exercise. The Queen acknowledges the colour


once again. The June, the tune is the quick march of the Grenadiers.


No four Court, the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, the 160th


anniversary of the Battle of Inkerman during the Crimean War, in


1854. The music changes to the quick march of the Scots Guards, Hielan'


Laddie. The Coldstream Guards quick march,


Milanollo. The majority of the guardsmen quite


junior, 66 guardsmen on their first birthday parade today. Jack O'Hara


is the youngest, at 17. The field officer writes out a game,


salutes the Queen, the march passed in quick time is done. The


commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Broughton, a moment


to pause before the next phase. He told us how he has been preparing


himself. I started learning the words of


command for the praise about three months ago. Since then, it has been


about reverse, rehearse, brothers. Duke of Edinburgh is our regimental


Colonel, so to have him there is a moment of immense pride for us


Grenadiers to troop the colour in front of him. The key to the perfect


parade is good weather, a great atmosphere amongst the men,


immaculate drill and, having seen them rehearse so far, I am convinced


that they will deliver on the day. Plenty of confidence from Lieutenant


Colonel Charles Broughton. Let's have a verdict from you, Roland. The


interesting thing is how inexperienced the maiden company are


of the youngest of the guards on parade. They have done very well, it


has been precise, parade. They have done very well, it


are in good order. They are looking forward to catching their breath


now. There arms will be aching, their feet will be sore, their chest


will be heaving. They should be pleased with that.


Left and right! Right turn! By the left, quick march!


The foot guards have reformed, it will be the turn of the mounted


troops soon to make their appearance and to pass the saluting base. The


Massed Bands will clear a path for The Mounted Bands to make their


entry. A great site, lots of excitement


here. The King's Troop moving on to the parade ground. The rumble and


the clatter telling us they are on their way. They have been on the


parade since 1998. They kept the title of the King's Troop on orders


of Her Majesty the Queen, in memory of her father, King George VI.


The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery!


Major Mark Edwards took command in August 2011, his fifth and final


birthday parade. It is a great site. Very much so, it is always a


pleasure to see the horses and guns. I have a soft spot for them, my


great-great-grandfather started off in the horse Artillery, and my


great-grandfather ran a rematch station in the First World War in


France, they prepared the horses and mules for work. He did what he could


and was good with the horses, by all accounts. The lead going treated as


the colour of the troop. Given the same respect of the guards, -- the


guards colour. Those guns are the real thing, they were used in action


in the First World War. They were a revelation in portable Artillery.


One of the guns here today rumoured to have fired the first round at the


Battle of the Somme. The field officer of the


sovereign's escort, Major Simon Lukas, of the blues and Wales, he


recently returned to the regiment after a period with the operational


regiment at Windsor. The Life Guards. The captain took


over as adjutant in April last year. On birthday parade for the


first time, recently commanding the staircase party at the House of


Lords for the State Opening of Parliament. The Farriers, with their


taxes. -- axes they would dispatch horses from battle.


The Field Officer's trumpeter, Field Officer Winter. The horse is Nicos.


So the King's Troop, the Household cavalry prepare for the trot past.


75 King's Troop horses on parade today. The saddle being used,


unchanged since 1904. It came into service before the First World War


and it was designed to be ridden for days at a time.


An interesting fact to watch here Huw, as the King's Troop come by,


you will see their horses are ranked and graded according to colour. They


will start with the light bays at the front until you get the dark


bays at the back. The Standard this time not being


lowered, the Queen acknowledges. The Blues and Royals followed by the


Life Guards in their scarlet tunics. Preparation s for today, of course,


going back many weeks, but just in practical terms today, all of it


starting at 5.30am. Great care being taken down to the last detail.


So led by Captain David Hammond, The Mounted Bands provide their own


salute. The kettle drummers crossing their sticks as they pass the


saluting base. That wonderful musician state coach which has been


unchanged since 1965. The drummers changing the reigns with their feet.


It is remarkable considering they have to ride and play!


So the Mounted Band making its way back along the northern edge of the


Parade Ground. Soon the Director of Music will be keeping an eye on


things and making sure that everything is in place ready to


signal to the Field Officer that he is handing back control. That all


the Household Cavalry are in position and getting ready for a


final birthday salute to the Queen. Royal is Salute. -- Royal Salute.




PLAYS NATIONAL ANTHEM Guards, left and right. The guards


dress this time and all guards and one long line and it is remarkable


to realise that this move, this precise move is accomplished with no


word of command being given. Guards form two ranks. Guards will


retire. Turn. Quick march! The Guards are ready to


march off. The Adjutant composed by Major Tom Birkett.


Divisions will advance. Turn! Guards on the Escort form. Quick march!


So we have the reverse of what we saw earlier. We have the orderly


returning the pace stick. Guards, left. The left guide of the


escort, Colour Suggest James Bennett. He has been on six


operational tours including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and


Afghanistan. There is the Sergeant Major making


his way down to the Approach Road giving the signal that all is clear


for the royal Procession to leave. The Sergeant Major will have his own


celebration, his getting married in the Guard's Chapel. We expect that


will be arranged with his customary attention. Good luck to them.


Field Officer returns and approaches the saluting base to seek Her


Majesty's permission to march off. Your Majesty's guards are formed up


and ready to march off, mam. So permission has been given and


this means that we're in the concluding phase of the Birthday


Parade. The Queen's carriage is being brought back to the saluting


base and some of those guests who have been watching in the Horse


Guards building including Prince Harry and others will be making


their way back towards Buckingham Palace shortly. In that first


carriage, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duchess of


Cornwall and they will be looking forward to the much anticipated


traditional birthday fly-past by the Royal Air Force and it is a


traditional birthday fly-past by the impressive fly-past that's in store


today. Back on Horse Guards, everyone is


waiting the signal that all is ready for the Queen's Ascot Landu to leave


the Parade Ground today. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will lead


the troops along the Parade Ground back to the Mall and down to


Buckingham Palace where there will be a second march past on a slightly


more inmat scale there. The garrison Sergeant Major is ready to give the


signal. There it is. The march off music is called Voice


of The Guns. It is a tribute to the British artillery men serving in the


First World War and later adopted as a march for the army. The Queen's


carriage will follow behind the Massed Bands at the head of the


troops. As the parade draws to a close, it


is worth mentioning two members of the Massed Bands today. They are in


their final troop Davis Buckles has his 24th Birthday Parade and Ralph


retires. So it is worth asking you given your experience, is this the


moment you start to relax or not? It is the first time I started to


relax. I think for the Field Officer he will be thinking he made it


through. And I hope he can enjoy that ride home. He is right there up


with the sovereign on her carriage. He should be very pleased with


today. He will be pleased I know that his complex reign back went


without incident. We know that horse can move fast backwards and the


guards were straight on the march past.


APPLAUSE It has been said many times that


this parade represents the best values and the best


this parade represents the best Army, is that a fair comment? I


think it's true. You have a long link with what you're seeing here


today going back to the origins of the British Army and although many


things change, some things don't and the underpinning ethos of selfless


commitment, putting yourself in for the benefit of the team is what you


see on a parade like this. Everyone is here to show their loyalty. The


highest standards of discipline. So very much so. Of course, talking of


continuity and stability, and discipline, there we have Her


Majesty, the Queen, just celebrated her 88th birthday and really


performing all her duties with great remarkable energy? Very much her


parade, it is hers in name, as well as in practice. She is the most


experienced observer of this parade. She has been involved with


it throughout her reign. She deputised for her father when she


was involved as a young teenager as a colonel Grenadier Guards. She


knows more about this than anybody. She has seen and accommodated the


changes that have been made. That is the stability, I am wondering when


we look at the form of the parade and the importance of the household


division, the division cannot be immune from change, what would it


look like in years to come? The trick is to ensure any changes are


as imperceptible as possible. What you have in the ranks are some


extremely experienced young soldiers and leaders, which makes it very


easy for us to prepare for the uncertainties of an unpredictable


future. When not on parade here, they will concentrate on training,


so we are ready, shut the country need us. That is not just for the


guards, it is for the whole army. My brigade is part of that. Lots of


smiles and waves. The Queen and the Duke making their way back to


Buckingham Palace. This tradition of the monarchy leading the guards back


to Buckingham Palace started a century ago. Established by George V


in 1914. The parade at that time had become increasingly popular and the


decision was taken to provide an even more impressive experience for


the many thousands who turn up to enjoy the event. For all of the


street liners, I am bound to mention the Welsh Guards, they were on Horse


Guards Parade last year with 12 officers and 220 men today. They are


Unsung Heroes today. Yes, they will have their moment in future. We have


all taken our time on the street lining, you are the first out, last


back, it is a long day and it is the least glamorous of all the roles.


But in my experience, there is some good banter, listening to the


crowd, and it is a good-natured day out. We do this for the State


Opening of Parliament as well, I was doing my best to keep the guardsmen


interested by feeding them means whilst attending to adjust their


bearskins. I had to avoid a cheeky journalist and photographer catching


me doing it, but I have to persevere. I do not know if Giles


Harris has been doing that today, but he machined command in January,


and they will commend the parade for the first time next year.


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh looking down towards Buckingham


Palace, knowing full well that there is a great fly-past on the way.


Involving the Battle of Britain Memorial flight and the red arrows,


so it is something we will enjoy in a short while. It is a great side


all the way down the Mall to the Palace. There are thousands of


people who have gathered for the parade, it


people who have gathered for the ceremonial event of the year. There


is the approach to the Palace, dominated by the vast Queen Victoria


Memorial. It was unveiled more than a century ago. By King George V and


by Kaiser Wilhelm. Both of them grandchildren of Queen Victoria.


In the procession as well, the regimental adjutant 's, including


Harry Scott of the Life Guards, Grant Baker of the Grenadier Guards,


Tom Bonas of the Welsh Guards and Timothy Purdon of The Irish Gurads,


Simon Vandeleur of the Coldstream Guards. Solemn in the limelight.


They are the wise men, the guardians of the knowledge, tradition of the


regiments, a cohesive influence. They keep watch over us all. They


are employed on civil service conditions. The most important thing


they do this they oversee the distributions of regimental


charitable funds to those in need, regimental welfare cases. They have


an important role in officer recruitment. I am delighted to say


we have been joined by Roger -- Robert Hardman, the Daily Mail


columnist. Thank you for joining us again, your impressions so far? As


ever, it is one of the great spectacles, you can see the size of


the crowds. It is a scene that never fails to inspire, move and excite,


and a lot of young people as well. The parade is not quite complete,


they have already shown that they The parade is not quite complete,


are not just good musicians, they are talented horse men. What does


the saddle? take to play an


Hello, chaps, working away very hard, who is this beauty? This is


Achilles, 14 years old, he hard, who is this beauty? This is


17, too. He looks camera shy. Inside, he is excited! I get to get


the Drum Horse groomed. He washes his feathers, it takes 20 minutes.


They come up nice and fluffy. They have got quite a following. They


even have their own Facebook page! You are not doing it this year. I


have done 23. I will miss it, I am very proud and honoured to have been


able to do it, but I am now handing over to John Codd, it will be his


first parade this year. Who is this? Mercury. Beautiful. How are


you feeling? Very daunted to start with, but really looking forward to


it. How has the musician -- how has the beach training been going? When


you get on top, they are a bigger base, it is a different experience.


The trickiest art is keeping your eye down to what you are doing at


the time. You have got to ensure that you are telling your boss where


he is, and that the rest of the band are happy. You have to concentrate


on what you are doing. This looks very impressive. We have got ?12


million worth of equipment here. These are the Life Guards Silver


drums, the centre to us by William IV. They look heavy. They weigh 45


kilograms each. It is naturally machined the drums will be different


weights, but they weigh exactly the same. They are stars in their own


right. Have you ever had any issues? Ten years ago, there is an


iconic part for the Drum Horses as we give a salute to Her Majesty the


Queen. I am not supposed to look into her eyes, but I could see she


had a frown on her face and she was pointing at something. The front


crest of the drum had fallen off and dropped to the floor. They had to


get the police to close Horse Guards down so they could retrieve the


peace and get it refitted. The Queen has a keen eye. This is your


clarinet, that might be the only bit of kit that I recognise. Why did you


want to be a part of the band? I joined as a musician, then we had to


put in our preferences. I looked at the Household Calvary, I thought it


looked interesting, and I ended up here. This holds the music in place.


We have to tired on with cable ties and use key ring holders, so when we


flipped the music, it does not fall off. You do not want bits flying


off! You are looking at your music, playing the clarinet, controlling


the horse. You have got to see the director of music, you have got to


make sure that you keep in line with the people in your row, and you have


to look at the side to make sure you are in line there as well, as well


as looking at your music and playing, it is incredible! Two bands


working together, is this normal? Yes, for this parade. Each year, one


of us has the pleasure of taking the parade. Is this your first time?


Absolutely, I am delighted to give it. What are the challenges? What


should they be looking out for? You are holding the parade together, you


have to know it inside out. Without music, it is pointless, it is the


driver for everything. Your first time on Nintendo, how is she


feeling? OK so far, we will see. Good luck today, thank you, and good


luck for the birthday parade. A great insight into the hard work


and preparation and techniques and expertise of the Mounted Bands. Suzi


Perry talking to a lot of people, including Paul Wilman, and we can


join him now. Yes, Major Paul Wilman, I have come


down to the Queens Gardens, a glorious view of Buckingham Palace,


and there are the band walking by. How has David Hammond done today? He


has done a marvellous job, the timing was impeccable, his riding


was bang on time, it cut off to the music in the right place, very


successful. It must be strange for you to be standing on your feet and


not on a horse. It is a bit strange, but having done it last year and


enjoyed the pride of it, I am missing it today and I am feeling it


now. But I am glad for the guys out there. I would like to talk to you


about the Drum Horses, they are something else. When they first hit


the germ -- hit the drum, it made me jump, but the horses do not react.


It is about training, the drum is played in front of them, they play


them quietly, they hit them, and eventually, it goes out of them. You


not only have the weight of the drums on the horses, but the sound


is next to their ears. But they get used to it, it is about training.


Every other horse flinches, it is incredible! The musicians are not


really horse men, they have to control the horse with their feet.


They have done the riding school, but it is not 100% of the job. We


only ride at specific periods, and this is the critical one, how they


ride is most interesting, because they do not ride like the Household


Calvary men. They wrap their reigns around their wrist, most of the


riding is done with their legs. Then they have to play their music and


keep their eye on the dressing from left to right, front to rear. It is


incredible. You look at some instruments, you wonder how they do


it. I still do not know! Good luck with your retirement. Thank you.


Major Paul Wilman talking to Suzi Perry. Enjoying the music and the


scene at Buckingham Palace. The march past has been taking place,


this is the second one, because we already had the grand one of Horse


Guards Parade. This is the second phase, before the Queen prepares to


go into the palace and spend a bit of time in there before they come


out onto the balcony to enjoy the fly-past. Around the gardens,


towards Green Park, a pretty big crowd gathered. Most of the members


of the Royal family have already congregated on the balcony. They


will be waiting patiently for the march past, which will take place in


half an hour. They will all go back in and come out again. Robert and


Roland are still with me. It is worth reflecting that this parade


today, a pretty ambitious event, is part of several ambitious events


over the past ten days. Yes, Huw, this has been the busiest Royal


month since the Diamond Jubilee of 2012. The Queen has, if you look


back at recent days, the State Opening of Parliament, the visit to


France, Normandy and there is a series of eng gaegments in Scotland


and -- engagements in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This week I was at


a garden party at the Palace and watched the Queen and the Duke


spending two hours working their way through a crowd of 8,000 people. It


was the Duke's 93rd birthday and he gave orders that the band wasn't to


play happy birthday. They are in the middle of a very busy summer and


relishing every moment. It is probably worth a little line as


well, Roland, at this point for viewers watching who often don't see


this part of the day because we're staying on air for the fly-past


there, march-past, not using the word, "Intimate." But it is more


intimate than Horse Guards? Yes, this is the last act and you will


see standing there on the Queen's right-hand side is the Field Officer


and brigade and you watch the troops march past and rank past for a final


time as they all head back to barracks and there comes a stage


when you are on your own. It is a very sort of memorable moment from


my time in the parade and it's just you left to ask your leave, a quiet


personal moment. I didn't notice the crowds that were watching when I did


it. A word Huw here on how difficult


this riding is as well. There are a lot of young horses and


inexperienced troopers here and for those that don't know it, they are


riding very long in their stirrups and they can feel almost nothing


through the thick jack boots so they have got no control through their


legs on those horses and they are only holding on with one hand. This


is a tricky thing to do. This is hot and


The Life Guards marching past after which we expect the Field Officer to


salute Her Majesty, the Queen will then be back in that carriage and


the Royal Salute will be sounded. A nice touch here, Huw, for the


Field Officer and brigade waiting today. His father was The Adjutant


of the Blues and Royals and his older brother was a squadron leader


of the Blues and Royals and they will be looking at his horsemanship


with a critical eye today. The Royal Family looking on from the


balcony. The Queen making her way into the Palace. Very soon the


fly-past will take place. We will see them all back out on the balcony


again. Prince Harry has been working hard organising the Invictus Games,


a new Paralympic-style sport. One of those hoping to take part is Nathan


Cumberland. He served as a Grenadier Guards man. This is his story. I


joined the Grenadiers in 2004. I wanted to see the world, meet new


people kind of thing before you know it, I was getting shouted at


marching up and down and the Queen's birthday and there you are in Horse


Guards strutting your stuff really. I did two tours of Afghanistan with


the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, the first tour was in 2007 and the


second tour was in 2009, September. Within five weeks of being there on


the second tour, that's when I got blown up and before you know it, I


was getting picked up by the medical emergency response team on a Chinook


and they airlifted me to Camp Bastion and the guys on the ground


were returning fire and they mucked in and that's what it is all about


when you are out there. It is down to them guys, really. They saved my


life. You have got two paths you can either feel sorry for yourself or


say, "I'm still here and I'm going to get on with it." I'm not saying


it's going to be rainbows and sunshine every day, because it is


not. Everyone is going to have bad days and it is just pulling through


those bad days to make better days, it is as simple as that. The


personality traits which Nathan has, he has grit. He has determination to


dig in and get on with it. That's a good trait if life. Just accepting


where you are, saying, "Right. This is it." No matter how he competes in


the Invictus Games or any other challenges in life for that matter,


it will stand him in good stead. He was always the one who would put a


smail on your face -- smile on your face. I think he still is, to be


honest, he will never change. He is very competitive and hopefully


that will help him and push him on throughout the Invictus Games. The


Invictus Games helps, it is that mentality of competitiveness against


whether it is yourself or whether it is against other nations or other


countries, it is that Army ethos, isn't it? I think it is massive for


the guys who are struggling to find where they want to go next. They


need a focus. I train at the gym a lot. I cycle Europe twice, I have


done various other things, diving in Thailand, you name it, I kind of


pretty stuff done it. I have done more stuff when I was injured when I


was able-bodied. It has been good. It has been good. At the Invictus


Games I'm hoping to compete in the powerlifting event and the field


events such as shot putt and javelin and hopefully fingers crossed I will


make it. In terms of encouragemed, the one thing I would say to Nathan


is he needs to grow his beard further. We call it beard strong.


There is a correlation between beard strength and length. We are to take


a rest every now and again because he will do himself a heart attack


one day. I'm sure the heritage of the Grenadiers will lift himself


through the Invictus Games. The spirit of the regiment will be with


him and lead him to be a winner. You can feel sorry for yourself and say,


"I can't do this." That's down to you then. That's your response and


you've got to live with that. At the end of the day, I didn't want


you've got to live with that. At the certain degree. I wanted to get


you've got to live with that. At the know, I live a normalish life


you've got to live with that. At the have got no complaints. I'm still


here. I'm still here. A remarkable story of Nathan


here. I'm still here. A remarkable about his recovery and his hopes for


the Invictus Games. The chairman of the Invictus Games. The chairman of


deputy chair of the London Olympics. Tell us how this evolved? Well,


sadly for the last ten years or so, hundreds of


sadly for the last ten years or so, and women around the world have been


injured or taken sick or within wounded as part of the conflict and


sport played a big part in the recuperation of these people. Last


year, Prince Harry took a group of British servicemen to the US to


compete in something called the Warrior Games and we created the


Invictus Games. It is getting close to September. How many competitors


and what kinds of sports will they and what kinds of sports will they


be involved? Over 400 competitors from 14 different countries and nine


different sports in the Olympic Park in East London and we


different sports in the Olympic Park thousands of people


different sports in the Olympic Park will come and support them. Tickets


are on sale now. will come and support them. Tickets


really important that the country gets behind this event


really important that the country way as they did for the Paralympic


Games. The aim is to raise awareness and to inspire? Yes, this will


in#1350ir thousands around the -- inspire thousands around the world


and certainly raise awareness and help the young men and women through


sport back into employment and back into society. Sir Keith, thank you


very much. You're welcome. Sir Keith Mills there the chairman


of the Invictus Games talking to Suzi. Natan sum better land --


Nathan Cumberland, what a remarkable man? I was with him on that tour. He


was being humble there when he said that it was down to everyone else


who got him out of there. The truth is that he was lying there,


who got him out of there. The truth badly hurt. He kept his head and was


controlling his section and badly hurt. He kept his head and was


which was the security of the situation and so he embodies


selfless commitment and he came to his concerns of the injuries and he


has been an inspiration for the others, many of whom who found it a


lot more difficult to come to terms of it. I couldn't think of a more


appropriate phrase, it is not what happens to you, it is how you deal


with it. Despite a couple of umbrellas, we have a few spots of


rain. They are making their way down towards the Palace for the fly-past


and the appearance on the balcony. Prince Harry will be there. It is a


good moment to ask you about Harry's involvement with the Invictus Games?


It has been a crusade for Prince Harry. He was inspired by his visit


to the Warrior Games in the States. He spent the last few months


focussing on this event. 400 athletes, nine sports which will


take place in September in the Olympic Park of that was very


important to him to bring it to the heart of the great Olympic triumphs.


Over the last few weeks he has been make ago lot of visits in -- make


ago lot of visits in private down to meet the competitors. He was


visiting Royal Marines the other day to see how they're getting on and to


encourage them. For him, I think, this is very much, he has done a lot


this year. He has done amazing things. The first member of the


Royal Family to reach the South Pole, but this event on the eve of


his 30th birthday is the main focus at the moment. In Green Park, we


have had the King's Troop making their dramatic and colourful entry.


Their 41 gun salute, 21 guns for the birthday of the monarch and an


additional 20 because they are in a Royal Park. As the crowds flood down


towards the Palace, they are waiting to see the Queen and members of the


Royal family on the balcony and to see the fly-past, because each year,


the final salute is in the skies, a board can be heard, the mall is


crowned with streams of red, white and blue as the RES offers birthday


wishes. What goes into creating this display? We spoke to men of the


Battle of Britain Memorial flight and the Red Arrows to find out.


No matter how many times we have flown this, we need to make sure


that when the Queen looks up, we are in the right piece of sky, so we


present her aeroplanes as they should be presented. It is a


tremendous honour for anybody to be involved in anything for the Royal


family. Something as iconic as this is something I will never forget. I


remember watching Trooping The Colour as a child, so to be part of


that is experience, especially being in this aircraft, the Lancaster


bomber. People enjoy the noise and vibration, they engender many


feelings. It gets the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up, there


is no sound like it. The start of the show is the Lancaster, I am the


person that puts her in the right bit of sky. Nobody has come to see


me, everybody has come to see the Lancaster. You do not usually get


jets flying around in central London! The Red Arrows come to chase


the better weather. The work is quite intense. The train -- the team


wears a green suit, then they get a red suit when they are qualified to


display in front of the public. That is our ticket to display in front of


the public, a proud day for everybody. The Red Arrows Flybe


classic jet trainer, it has been in service since the mid-70s. It is


like a nifty sports car, it is simple and basic, but it is perfect


for our needs. This Lancaster was built in 1945, this is a D-mark, one


of only two remaining airworthy Lancaster is in the world. This is


the mark nine Spitfire, it flew on D-Day. She is painted so they could


be distinguished from enemy aircraft so our gunners shot at the enemy. We


are just the final cog to get a group of 70-year-old aircraft flying


in the air. It is quite an achievement, considering how old and


fragile they are. The skills that we use are totally different from the


modern aircraft. None of the parts are manufactured any more, so we


rely on old. That sometimes becomes unavailable, or we have to go right


back to the original manufacturer's drawings and have things many


fractured from scratch, so we are back to grass-roots engineering. The


controls linked to the control surfaces, so the best analogy I can


give is driving a car without power steering. She is heavy to fly, very


noisy, she vibrates, but I would not change anything. Flying a Spitfire


is every boy's dream, it is the most fabulous plane to fly, it is light


throughout its range, it is incredibly manoeuvrable, at the


time, it was cutting edge, and it is a legendary aircraft, so you are


always aware that the ghosts of pilots are watching you to make sure


you do it right. The hawk that we fly has been modified to carry


smoke. Dedicated engineers can fill up the tanks to create our Red


Arrows show. The red and blue smoke is a liquid dye, and the white smoke


is diesel on its own, which earns in the exhaust of its engine. The smoke


is controlled inside the cockpit with three buttons, they are the


weapons release buttons. The top button is the red one, the middle


one is white, the bottom one is blue. The smoke pot is a modified


gunpoint. The red and blue dye, they have to sit on the ground and listen


to the pod filling up, they hear a chattering of the valves, and that


is when it is full. We only have one minute of colour each, so we get a


call, then the colours come. There is always a niggling feeling that


they will come out with purple smoke, you have put the red in with


the blue! The one thing that can get in our way is the weather.


the blue! The one thing that can get do anything about that. The weather


is a major limitation, the rain, cloud and wind are major factors in


any operation that we do. We only take this out in almost perfect


conditions. A couple of years ago, I had to cancel the part of the


conditions. A couple of years ago, I look after her, she is 70 years old.


Timing is crucial, certainly for a long train of aircraft, like in this


fly-past. speed range, we have to take into


account the wind to modify our speed range, we have to take into


300 knots, the formation is going to close up. Once we are over


Buckingham Palace, close up. Once we are over


apart, but then the routing has to be done to allow the faster aircraft


to pass the slower aircraft, which is done in the planning stages. The


way is done in the planning stages. The


is all down to the boss. is done in the planning stages. The


the front of the Red Arrows formation is the easiest job in


terms of formation, but I have to make sure we are on time and in the


right position. It is down to him! From 40 miles away, you can see


central London, and From 40 miles away, you can see


of features that we use to get ourselves lined up.


of features that we use to get final stages, you have


of features that we use to get staged -- it is not stationary,


because there are so many people there. To be in the Lancaster is


something that will stay with you for life. We get very few seconds to


appreciate what we are doing at the time. We are all working so hard to


make sure it is in the right place at the right time, it is not until


afterwards that we recollect what we have been doing. Last year,


afterwards that we recollect what we Buckingham Palace for three or four


seconds. The only Buckingham Palace for three or four


concerned about is the landing at the end, the last two feet


concerned about is the landing at probably the hardest hit. You are


going to get a bit of a ribbing from the rest of the crew if you bounce.


It is not until I hand the aircraft over to the engineers that I relax.


The birthday fly-past for us is the commemorative highlight of the year,


so to be flying along in a Spitfire next to a Lancaster over the Palace


and over the Queen is incredibly special, and which are incredibly


proud. Any fly-past people like to see, but the Red Arrows are very


special. I can hear the cheering on the radio, it gets the British


public feeling patriarch, it is lovely to be part of.


Just a taste of what is to come. There is the gun salute, taking


place in Green Park, the King's Troop are there, 41 gun salute.


Marking the Queen's official birthday. Salutes fired in Hyde Park


and the Tower of London. All of that happening in Green Park. Very close


nearby, we have the crowds congregating around the Queen


Victoria Memorial. The huge Royal standard at the gates fluttering in


the breeze, signalling to the world that the Queen is in residence. The


Queen and all members of the Royal family are preparing to make the


appearance on the balcony. There is the scene, many thousands of people


have come to enjoy the spectacle today. Thankfully, no really serious


rain. In a few moments, the fly-past will happen, 28 aircraft, 13


different types, from the famous Spitfire and Lancaster to modern


fighter jets and the Red Arrows team. They will fly right over


Buckingham Palace in a few moments. Robert, one of the key questions


now, will we see Prince George? Many people would love to see him. The


view has been taken that he is one month short of his first birthday,


it is probably a bit too soon to bring him on parade. He might be in


there, they are inside the centre of Buckingham Palace, having a sandwich


and a cup of tea, so he might be in there, but every indication is that


he will not be. The Queen has four great-grandchildren now, because of


little near as well. -- little Mia. We will certainly see three


generations. This event is the one moment where you see the whole Royal


Family on parade, but this year in particular, a lot of team events


still to come, we have got the Commonwealth Games next month in


Glasgow, where all the members of the family will be there to see many


of the events. The Queen will be opening that. There is a lot on the


schedule to come. We have the World Cup at the moment, Prince William


has a vested interest, as president of the FA, but Harry seems to be


playing his part. A bit of sibling rivalry, Prince William is the


president of the FA, but Prince Harry will see the first game,


because he is off on a visit to Brazil and Chile. It has been


organised by the government. Here comes the moment the crowds are


waiting for. They will all come out now.


comes the moment the crowds are waiting for. They Led by the Queen.


Smiles from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and some waves for the


vast crowd below. They are now joined by other members of the Royal


family. The crowd realising it is about to happen, because the


fly-past is about to take place. Six elements, the first element already


in sight, the support helicopter force, a Merlin, to Pumas and a


Chinook. Here they come. The RAF's


helicopters providing essential transport for troops and equipment


and medical emergency aid to NATO forces, including in Afghanistan.


There we see the Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Eugenie, who


was helping the Queen at her garden party earlier this week.


The Merlin and the Pumas, they have seen service in Iraq and


Afghanistan. The Pumas taking part in the fly-past for the first time


this year. The Chinook often carrying emergency response teams,


which give life-saving aid to the injured.


RAF Memorial Flight based in Lincolnshire. Dakota, tactical,


transport aircraft used during World War II and on D-Day to carry troops


and freight and we saw it in Normandy last week. A great sight in


the blue skies above Arromanches and what a lovely sight today, the


Lancaster which suffered some problems while in France after


D-Day, but the engineers worked tirelessly around the clock this


week and that's the result - this great aircraft flying at the Queen's


Birthday Parade. Plenty of wonderful things to take


photographs of. The eyes and ears of the RAF filmed by Eight Squadron and


Flapg flanking are the aircraft. This plane can carry troops, freight


and other transport and then the vast voyager, also from Brize Norton


is specially adapted for military role. We have three Typhoons.


Stand-by for the Red Arrows! One of the world's premiere arrow battic


display teams and that's the reason why.


A stream of red, white and blue in the skies above Central London and


Buckingham Palace and to the Queen's obvious delight.


APPLAUSE 2014 is the 50th display season


the Red Arrows. It is great to see them. The Queen thanking the crowd.


The Duke of Edinburgh having a chat and sharing a joke with Prince


So the Queen and three generations of the Royal Family making their way


back into the Palace where the Birthday Parade of 2014, the 62nd on


the Queen's reign is at an end. An impressive performance by the Royal


Air Force to round off the day's events. You can enjoy it again. Our


highlights programme is on BBC Two at 6.30pm. Now, from all of the BBC


team, goodbye. Magnificent. The power base


of medieval England. Charles' ceiling was a piece


of breathtaking arrogance.


Live from Horse Guards Parade in London, Huw Edwards introduces the world's most famous military parade where the Colour of Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards is trooped to mark Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday. Celebrations include the famous balcony appearance and flypast at Buckingham Palace.

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