Highlights 2014 Trooping the Colour

Highlights 2014

Highlights of the morning's military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, introduced by Huw Edwards.

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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,


splendid colour, stand by for the Queen's Birthday Parade.


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


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


outbreak of the Great War, and later this year the last British combat


troops will leave Afghanistan. A blend of past, present and indeed


future in the shape of today's Escort, found by Nijmegen Company


Grenadier Guards, many of the Guardsmen are now recruits. In fact,


for all the officers and Guardsmen in the Escort today, this is their


first time on Horse Guards for the Queen's birthday parade.


Some 8,000 people watching the ceremony today, many of them have


applied successfully for tickets, it's a very competitive process.


They're also 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 the USA and other countries


too. The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond and other Cabinet


colleagues. Magnificent sight along the Mall, by


tradition decked with Union flags to celebrate the Queen's official


birthday and lining the route are soldiers of the 1st Battalion Welsh


Guards. The majority of 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


Sovereign's Escort waiting there to accompany the Queen and other


members of the Royal Family to Horse Guards. We have a new member of the


BBC team at Trooping the Colour this year, Suzi Perry is seeing how they


put the finishing touches to the preparations. It's calm down here,


this is the coachman, first female coachman at Buckingham Palace, she's


polishing that saddle. They've spent weeks preparing. The heat plays


havoc with the brass. Here are the gorgeous horses that will be pulling


the carriages later. They're all taking part in the parade. This is


Steven putting the last touches to this horse. They've been out this


morning for their ride but it's very calm which is good because the


horses pick up on the atmosphere but they're certainly ready down here.


Someone who understands every twist and turn of today's ceremony is my


special guest, brigadier Roland Walker. There he is in 2010. That


was the last time the Grenadier Guards Trooped their Colour here on


Horse Guards. That was four years ago today. He is


with me in the commentary position above the parade ground. Welcome,


what are you looking forward to? Thank you very much, I am looking


forward to watching this from the comfort of the commentary box and


seeing it all again. My memory was quite a blur because we had come


back from Afghanistan and as you will see, it generally all happens


behind you when you are in charge. I am excited for the troops on parade


and for families watching, it's a big day for them. A chance to show


their respect for the Sovereign in front of an impressive audience. We


look forward to it. Let me say all Guardsmen joining the Grenadier


begin their careers in Nijmegen Company, the vast majority in


today's Escort are new recruits. We joined them a few months ago for the


first parade rehearsal as they began to understand the demands of taking


centre-stage and providing the Escort.


We try to use Nijmegen Company as a finishing school. 17 and


18-year-olds turning up into a battalion of 800 men can be


extremely difficult. Some arrived two or three days ago, they're taken


straight down to the stores, we are on the drill square, I am stood in


front of them for the first time screaming and shouting at them. This


is day one of Troop training, usually about seven weeks. Keeping


it at basic level today. I joined Nijmegen Company about a month ago.


It's a shock to the system going straight from a month to doing this.


Drill is difficult for Guardsmen at this level. I would expect mistakes


and I am happy for them to make mistakes. I am not going to shout,


it's the first one. There is the line. Expect to get it wrong now and


not on the day. If you get it wrong I will bounce you around this


square! We are here and let's get on with it. Five-minute break, that's


all we have! Straight away you forgot it. It's all about giving


100% and being keen at all times. Yeah, it's hard work and


determination. This marks the beginning of hard work and


determination for send weeks. You beginning of hard work and


must keep up with the front rank. You get a few arguments. Being in


the front it makes me nervous, you have to be switched on at all times.


Everything has to be pitch perfect. It's gone wrong at that end. There


is pressure on the day especially when Her Majesty is a few metres


away from you, but it's an honour really. I am part of the Queen's


Birthday Parade, here I am. Most Guardsmen here today will never have


done a Troop. The first one they're going to be the Escort. They will


probably never be the Escort again in their Army career so that makes


me extremely proud and should make them proud, as well.


They're standing proudly with sergeant Major brooks. The Escort


provided sergeant Major brooks. The Escort


Grenadier Guards. 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards providing two,


three and four Guards, a prominent Grenadier Guards presence this year.


The far end, number seven company Coldstream Guards providing number


six guard and next to them number five guard. The Welsh Guards are


street-lining. The Irish Guards not absent, they have some musicians in


the Massed Bands. More than 200 Irish Guardsmen in Cyprus, they sent


us this message. From all soldiers in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards


battle group in Cyprus, we would like to wish all the soldiers on the


Queen's birthday parade today the best of luck. Have a gleaming


parade. Three cheers for Her Majesty!


Hip-hip hooray! Three cheers from Cyprus. Now the


officer commanding today's parade is the Field Officer in Brigade waiting


and he's been talking to Suzi. 18 years of service and here you are


commanding the parade. Anything you feel anxious about? We are prepared


as we can be. I am concerned my voice may not hold out. You have a


scratchy throat. A touch. You are in good hands with Winston, all 16. 1.


He is a dab hand at this. He has done the parade eight times. Two as


the brigade field officer in waiting's horse and he knows the


parade better than I do. He can also go up steps, he goes to Sandhurst


College and rides in. He has done that many times. It's his last one.


His last parade and last day in the Army. Well, let's hope it's a good


one. How proud do you feel to be doing this today? Immensely. To be


in front of 1300 troops and the Queen is a day in a life. I know


that your daughters are watching. Good luck and have a fantastic day.


Thank you very much indeed. Back on Horse Guards, the Colour


Party is in place, a great honour to be selected for a central role in


the parade. Sergeant Gregory Mann. The two colour sentries are both 21.


The Colour Trooped today is the Queen's Colour. 45 of the regiment's


77 battle honours on the Colour. One of those forle of Nijmegen. They


fought to liberate the Dutch town. We asked Lord Carrington, the former


Foreign Secretary, a captain in 1944, about his memories of the


battle. I was a regular soldier before the war. I joined in 1938 and


for some reason which can only be known to the War Office, they


decided to turn us into tanks. We were really rather a good infantry


battalion, I am grateful because I wouldn't be alive I think if one had


been an infantry battalion. There were certain advantages in being in


a tank too. You would take your bottle of whisky and could deal


better than walking on your feet. We didn't land until after D-Day. The


first battle we had was near Carr, we never had a battle before in a


tank. Incredible. None of us enjoyed it very much and it wasn't very much


of a success. But I think we got better after that and became really


quite a good battalion. All the other bridges up to Nijmegen were


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


We were supposed to go straight through over the bridge but when we


arrived there the bridge had not been taken. It was quite clear that


they were prepared to blow it up rather than for us to come over. But


the man who was splendid was Sergeant Robinson who went over in


the first tank, a splendid man. Indomitable. Over he went. I was the


fourth tank or something and I just felt I was near enough 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 a


successful battle. I think it was a good Grenadier occasion. It's very


nice the Nijmegen Company is called there, I think it's splendid and


it's rather nice to think that it's a minor skirmish, but at least it's


remembered after all these years. NATIONAL ANTHEM


In the first carriage, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge


and Prince Harry too. Making their way towards the Mall. The second


carriage, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Eugenie and the


Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex too.


In the third carriage, the Duke of Kent and his sister, Princess


Alexandra. The Royal Salute sounded by the


Blues and Royals. This is the 62ndreign of the Queen's -- year of


the Queen's reign. The Royal Colonels making their way too.


The Duke of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal. The


Queen, who has celebrated her 88th birthday on April 21st this year,


spent it quietly at Windsor. Today's events, of course, are a much


grander scale and a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday.


The first three carriages in the procession, making


The first three carriages in the 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 enthusiastic cheering from


the youth enclosure. There we have more than 1100 young


people, in the youth enclosure. Some of them from Stirling, some of them


from Pontypridd. The formation has changed, Number 3 Guard has opened


up, ready to welcome the first of the royal guests. So, the first of


the carriages passes on to the parade ground and the bands will


play the national anthem. Prince Harry, saluting The Colour.


He has retained the rank of captain. He is in the Blues and Royals. He's


wearing his Afghanistan medals as well. The carriage is approaching


the Horse Guards Parade in, where the royal party will watch the


parade, the office once occupied by the jig of Wellington. They have the


best vantage point to see what is going on. -- Duke of Wellington.


The Queen's head coachman, Mark Hargreaves. Remarkable, to realise


that the Queen first took part in this parade in 1947, at the age of


21. The first raid after the war, riding as Colonel of the Grenadier


Guards. As the young Princess Elizabeth, she had detachments of


all six battalions at Windsor Castle on his 16th birthday. The Duke of


Edinburgh, celebrating his 93rd birthday in the past week. Colonel


of the Grenadier Guards. That is a position that he has held since


March of 1975. He is wearing the uniform of the Colonel of the


guards, at the trooping of the colour. He presented good conduct


medals to three sergeants. Posing for the odd photograph as well.


Enjoying his very strong link with the regiment.


Buckingham Palace tellers that the Queen is wearing an outfit by Angela


Kelly, first worn on the state visit to Australia three years ago. Powder


blue dress and hat. The head coachman, leading the way


on to horse guards, towards the horse guards building.


The Chelsea Pensioners, 11 of them today. Their combined age, 832


years. The oldest is 92. The coachman will salute the Colour with


the whip. One of several salutes we will see today. The Duke of


Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, Princess Royal. Followed by the two


nonroyal colonels, General Guthrie and Lieutenant General James


Bucknell. The Queen's Birthday Parade of 2014


is about to begin. At the stroke of 11 o'clock, the Queen will step onto


the saluting base, the Royal standard will be unfurled and the


Field Officer will give his command, and the national anthem will be


played. The Field Officer in a waiting,


Charles Broughton, preparing to offer the Royal Salute.


The Queen's first duty is to inspect her troops. To do that, there is


going to be some rousing music. A big moment for him, he joined the


Army in 1976. The first PC is going to conduct, composed by a former


bands master of the Coldstream Guards.


The music changes to First Finest, Major Denis Burton is the composer.


The director of music at the Grenadier Guards until 2006. The


march includes the use of Grenadier themes. The title, First Finest,


affecting their pride in the regiment.


The Sovereign's Standard of the Blues and Royals. It is held by the


Standard Bearer,. The Queen presented new standards to the house


guard. It only happens once a decade. The coachman saluting the


Sovereign's Standard. The Royal Colonels, as well. And the


nonroyal colonels. The Kings Troop, Royal Horse


Artillery, ready for their dramatic appearance on the parade ground a


little later on. The lead gun for them, that functions as the Colour,


equal to the Colour being escorted today. That is why it is saluted.


The Major General, commanding the Household Division, Edward Smith


Osborne, his first year in the role. Commissioned into the Life Guards in


1983, commanding officer in Commissioned into the Life Guards in


role, by the way, commanding both Prince William and Prince Harry when


they joined the Household Division. It was a huge honour to be the Major


General at the Queen's 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 privilege to come back to command an organisation that


I joined over 30 years ago. 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.


Leading a bank of 200 musicians, a magnificent sound. They are


preparing to play a firm favourite, one of the most loved military


marches, a big highlight and an opportunity for the bands to take


centre stage. The last time it was not played is back in 1936.


march! The quick march is Captain General composed by Lieutenant


Colonel Dunn in 1949. Very much to mark the 350 years of the Royal


Marines celebrated this year and also the Duke of Edinburgh's


association with the wonderful Royal Marines. Very much showing that


today is all about all three services honouring their Sovereign


and not just the Household Troops. The lone drummer, Lance Corporal


Matthew Hadfield leaves the Massed Bands and marches to a position to


the right of the Escort. He joined the Grenadiers in 2011. He is


signalling the next phase of the parade.


The drummer's call, a reminder of the days when drum beats were the


method by which commands were given and the Guardsman junior takes the


pace stick and that allows the regimental sergeant to draw his


sword ready to protect the Colour. Escort for the Colour will advance.


Quick march! The Escort steps off crisply and


smartly, marching proudly to the tune of the British Grenadiers.


Quite a moment, Roland. Quite. This is the point where all eyes are on


the Escort. This is the essence of the parade. They go forward to take


control of and Escort that Colour with all its


control of and Escort that Colour to a great tune like the British


Grenadier. They'll be standing very tall ready to march off, moving


forward with pride and conviction and I dare say daunting if you were


facing them down. Escort for the Colour. Massed Bands


will return. The Senior Director of Music making his way through the


band to a new position close to the front. Guards attention. Change


arms. Slope arms.


It's a splendid moment for Warrant Officer One, Darren Westlake,


Regimental Sergeant Major. 20 years ago he was also in the Escort when


the 2nd battalion Trooped their Colour. Here he is again today


preparing to take possession of the Colour, protecting it with his


sword, ready to hand it to the En sign.


The Ensign, second Lieutenant Oliver Wace, joined Nijmegen Company the


week before training began. He has received the Colour.


Escort to the Colour. Present arms. The Queen's birthday parade enters a


new phase. As we have heard 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 by


the centre. Slow march! The Escort advances in slow time.


The bands play 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 impenetratable move


known as the spin wheel. 63 new members of the Massed Bands this


year, so it's even more tricky. No written instructions by the way,


Prince Harry equally intrigued. One of the most experienced voices among


the hundreds of members there is Drum Major Steve Staite, his 12th


consecutive Queen's birthday parade, he is apparently one of the real


experts on the spin wheel. While this is happening, I suppose it's


easies to get distracted, -- easy to get distracked, Roland. 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's the signal for the


Field Officer in Waiting to give the crucial word to present arms. I am


afraid I started daydreaming at this point looking at the crowd and


missed the cut out. I had this awful feeling that something was wrong.


And I realised it was me and just managed to get the word in, in time.


I don't think anyone noticed, we will keep that between you and me! I


have something to admit, we didn't notice.


Present arms! The music changes to the familiar


Grenadiers Slow March, arranged by Fred Harris and the movement has


come for the Ensign, Second Lieutenant Oliver Wace as all eyes


are upon him. This is immensely new for me, I joined December last year


out of Sandhurst. The drill that we do at Sandhurst is similar, but


very, very different at the same time. So, it's a huge challenge for


me. My grandfather fought in World War II for the Grenadier Guards,


through Africa and he is large inspiration for me and why I joined


the Grenadier Guards. Such an important moment now in the


parade. A good time for us as well to reflect on what the Colour


signifies and what those battle honours signify. Indeed. There's the


obvious historical significance of the Colour as a means to control


troops in battle. They've always been treated and guarded with great


reverence. There are many heroic tales of soldiers and officers


risking all to protect their colours. A lot of officers will have


that recorded in pictures. The last Colour was carried in battle in


1881. Today they really represent the soul of a regiment by recording


their battle honours which are also engraved on every officer's sword.


Very much a collective recognition of the regiment's bravery and


success. The thoughts today too for the family of Lance Corporal James


Ashworth. Yesterday marked the second anniversary of his death in


Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for


his remarkable bravery and he Trooped the Colour here with


Nijmegen Company in 2007. Escort to the Colour will advance. Escort to


the Colour, arms! MUSIC: Hazelmere


Composed by Drum Major Tom Birkett Numbers 1 to 5 guard, advance! About


turn! Guards will march past in slow and


QuickTime. Left, slow March! So, the Colour has been trooped. We


move into the march past, where they will march past Her Majesty. This is


Nairac GC, written to commemorate a soldier killed by the IRA in 1967.


MUSIC: Nairac GC Composed by Watts/Lewis


This is what so many people come to see and admire, all around the


world, not just the Colour, not just the music, it is the precision and


that great military attention to detail. The great a few there are


one of the hallmarks of the guards, the bearskin, with all of its


practical challenges, Roland? Yes, this all that is rather elegant and


controlled. I can assure you, when they get into the quick march, this


is hot and noisy in the ranks with lots of jostling and cursing to keep


everybody on the move. As you can see, they are tightly packed,


shoulder to shoulder. They are being pushed left and right, encased in


those thick woollen tunics, hobnailed boot. That bearskin gives


you a curtain to mask your vision. As they stand there, they will be


relieved to get going. As long as nobody has an alarm skin taped


inside their bearskin, timed to go off, an age-old prank! When it gets


going, they will be straining to hear and reacts to their own


officers giving the word of command. They have a lot to think about, and


a lot to concentrate on. Looking on with great interest, David Cameron,


Samantha Cameron. So, the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier


Guards, today's Escort. Almost ready to move off and march past in slow


time. Led by the Field Officer in Brigade


Waiting, Charles Broughton, and the major of the parade, Major Richard


Green. The Queen acknowledging Nijmegen company. They first


Trooping the Colour in 2001. The Grenadier Guards, recognisable


by their single button. The Queen acknowledges the first


Regiment. A single button, white plumes and the grenade collar


emblem. So, the ensign raises the standard


again. It is known as the recover, having flourished, or lowered, it


initially. The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel of


the Grenadier Guards. How close is that relationship? It's a very


close. He means a huge amount of the regiment. As much to 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 so relaxed. As


a naval man, he is always teasing us about our Army ways. It's great to


see him on parade. He's had a very long association. Lent his support


to fundraising for those in need and has been a very active Colonel, this


year alone he has visited the battalion, he has hosted two


Battalion meetings and attended the first guards club.


MUSIC: Figaro Composed by Mozart


The Adjutant, Captain Paddy Rice, with a flourish of the sword, will


signal that this march in slow time is complete. An interesting story,


back in October 2009 comedies survived being shot in the neck by a


Caliban sniper. -- in October 2009, you survived being shot.


The Field Officer, riding out to salute the Queen. Slow march


complete. The 1st Battalion Coldstream guards, currently


deployed on operations in Afghanistan, providing protection in


couple for British and NATO headquarters and the Afghan Military


Academy. Nearly 300 men left in February. The battalion was not


referred to. They will return to their Windsor based in August. There


will be the last to serve before combat operations are brought to and


this year. He sent this message. I know the Grenadiers will do a


first-class job. I wish Lieutenant Colonel Charles Broughton and all of


his team the best of luck, as well as everybody on parade. Have a


cracking time, enjoy it. Her Maj is go to be watching and there is no


standard but perfection. I would like to wish my father, Sir James


Bucknell, and my brother the best of luck on today's parade. Although we


are a long way from home, our thoughts are with everybody back in


the UK. We wish you a very happy day, your Majesty. Happy birthday.


Birthday greetings for Her Majesty The Queen.


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


called Nijmegen Company. The guards preparing to march past in quick


time. A new sense of dynamism. The march composed by Lieutenant Colonel


Philip Hill. It was last played in 2001 at the Birthday Parade. Of


course, when Nijmegen Company were tripping. -- trooping.


A real sense of energy, a real sense of dynamism and purpose now for this


march past in quick time. The Queen 's company have returned


from the Falkland Islands. They are due to deploy in Kenya with the


battalion. On the parade ground, there are two Guardsmen, with number


two guard, injured serving in operations in Afghanistan on 2012.


He has served for two years, his first group. Lee Scanlon, he was


shot in Afghanistan, made a full recovery and was recently deployed


to Brunei on a training exercise. The Queen acknowledges the Colour


once again. The June is the Grenadier Guards Quick March.


company, it's the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Inkerman, 5th


November 1854. The music changes to the Quick March of the Scots Guards,


Hielan Laddie. The Coldstream Guards group march,


Milanollo. The majority of the Guardsmen are


quite junior really. 56 Coldstream Guardsmen on their first birthday


parade today, Jack O Hara is the youngest at 17.


Field Officer rides out again, salutes the Queen. The march past in


quick time is done. The Commanding Officer. A moment to pause for the


next phase of the parade. He told us how he's been preparing himself for


the task today. I started learning the words of command for the parade


about three months ago. Since then, it has been about rehearse,


rehearse, rehearse. The Duke of Edinburgh is our Regimental Colonel


and so to have him there on 14th June 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


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


Colonel Charles Broughton. Move to the right. Right turn!


Quick march! The footguards have reformed. It


will soon be the turn of the Mounted Troops to pass the saluting bass.


The Massed Bands march to one side clear ago path for the Mounted


Bands. A great sight. Lots of excitement


here on the Parade Ground, King's Troop moving on to the ground here.


Been on the parade now since 1998. The Troop kept the title King's


Troop on the orders of the Queen in memory of her father.


Major Mark Edward took command of the King's Troop in August 2011.


It's his fifth and last birthday parade. It's a great sight, Roland.


Very much so. Always glad to see the horses and guns, I have a personal


soft spot for them. A great-grandfather of mine started


out in the Horse Artillery. The lead gun treated as the Colour


of the Troop and given the same respect as the Guards' Colour. Those


guns are 13lbs, the real thing were used in action in the World War I.


At that time they were a revolution in portable artillery. One of these


guns here today is rumoured to have fired the first round at the Somme.


The Field Officer of the Sovereign's Escort, Major Lukas of the Blues and


Royals, he is riding Integrity today.


The Life Guards, captain Chishick took over as Adjutant last year. The


Farriers, in times gone by would despatch horses in battle.


This horse Nico was named after Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls who was


killed in Afghanistan in 2006. The King's Troop prepare for the


trot past. 75 horses on parade today. The saddle being used is


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


designed to be ridden for days at a time.


An interesting fact to watch here, as they come by you will see the


horses are ranked and graded according to colour. They start


light at the front and staidily get darker -- staid steadily get


starker. -- darker.


The standard this time not being lowered. The Queen acknowledges.


Blues and Royals, followed by the Life Guards in their Scarlett


tunics. Preparations for today going back


many weeks, of course. But just in practical terms today all of it


starting at 5. 30am this morning. Great care being taken down to the


last detail. 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 coat which has been unchanged since 1685. The drummers


there controlling the reins with their feet. It's a remarkable


performance by all the musicians considering they have to ride and


play. 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, making sure that everything


is in place ready to signal to the Field Officer that he is handing


back control. All the Household Cavalry are in position, getting


ready for the final birthday salute to the Queen.


Royal salute! Present arms. Slope arms. There is Garrison


Sergeant Major ready to give the signal that all is clear for the


Royal procession to leave. Field Officer approaches the saluting base


to seek Her Majesty's permission to march off. Your Madge he ise's


guards are form -- majesty's guards are formed up and ready for march


off. 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 and


in that first carriage the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and


the Duchess of Cornwall. They'll be looking forward to the much


anticipated traditional birthday fly-past by the Royal Air Force and


it is a really impressive fly-past in store today.


MUSIC: The Voice of the Guns Composed by Kenneth Alford


The music was written as a tribute to the British artillery men. It was


later adopted for the entire British Army. The Queen's carriage will


follow behind the band at the head of the troops.


As the parade draws to a close, it is worth mentioning two members of


the bands today. Davis buckles, it is his 24th parade. A nice


successful note to end on. Ralph Brill, it is his 29th. Is this


successful note to end on. Ralph you start to relax? It is when I


would start to relax. He has made it through, and I hope you can enjoy


the ride home. It has been said many times that this parade represents


the best standards of the Army. Is that a fair comment? I think it's


true. You have a link with what you see today, going back to the origins


of the British Army. Although many things change, some things don't.


The underpinning ethos of selfless commitment, putting yourself in for


the benefit of the team, it is what you see on a parade like this.


Everybody is here to show their loyalty, the high standards of


discipline. Very much so. Talking of continuity and stability,


discipline, there we have Her Majesty The Queen, who has just


celebrated her 88th birthday. Really, performing all her duties


with remarkable energy? Lots of smiles and waves. The Queen


and the Duke making their way back to Buckingham Palace. This tradition


started a century ago. It was established by George V.


I'm bound to mention the Welsh Guards, lots of my friends there


today. They were on horse got sprayed yesterday. 12 officers, 220


men lining the street today. They are unsung heroes? They will have


their moment in pride of place in the future. We have all taken our


time on the street lining your first out, last back. It is a long day,


the least glamorous of all the roles. But, in my experience, there


are some good banter, listening to the crowd. It's a good-natured day


out. We do this for the State opening of Parliament as well. As a


young officer, doing my best to keep the Guardsmen interested by feeding


them mint s, while adjusting their tunics. As you say, they will


command the parades for the first time next year.


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh looking down to Buckingham Palace,


knowing full well that there is a greater fly-past on the way,


involving the Battle of Britain Memorial flight and the Red Arrows.


It's something we are going to enjoy in a short while. In the procession,


we have the regimental adjutants, including Barry Scott, Tom bonus of


the Welsh Guards and Timothy Purdon of The Irish Gurads. A word about


their importance? Yes, these are the wise men, the history of the


regiment. Very much a cohesive instrument. They keep watch from the


barracks. I think the most important thing that they do is oversee the


distribution of regimental charitable funds to those in need.


They also have an important role in officer recruiting.


We have been joined by Robert Hardman, the distinguished author.


Thanks for joining us this year. Your impressions, so far? It's one


of the great spectacles. You can see the size of the crowds. It is a


scene that never fails to inspire and excite. A lot of young people


out there, too. Great enthusiasm as Her Majesty makes her way around the


Queen Victoria Memorial and back into Buckingham Palace.


The Royal family, looking on from the balcony. The Queen, making her


way into the palace. Very soon, the fly-past will take place and we will


see them on the balcony again. In Green Park, we have had the Kings


Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, making their dramatic and colourful entry


to the park. Their 41 gun salute. 21 gun salute for the official birthday


of the monarchy. An additional salute, because they are in a Royal


Park. As the crowds flood down towards the palace, they are always


in to see the Queen and members of the Royal family on the balcony and


they are waiting to see the fly-past. Each year, on the Birthday


Parade, the final salute is in the skies. A roar can be heard above.


There we have the 41 gun salute in Green Park. There are salute is


taking place in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London.


The crowds, many thousands of them, waiting expectantly for the doors to


open on the palace balcony and the Royal family to appear.


Smiles from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, waves for those below.


The crowd realising it is about to happen, because the fly-past is


about to take place. Some six elements, the first element already


inside the support helicopter force, a Merlin, two Pumas and eight


Chinook. The RAF helicopters, providing


essential transport for troops and equipment, vital medical emergency


aid to NATO forces, including in Afghanistan. We see Princess


Eugenie, earlier in the week helping out the garden party. The Merlin and


Q Mass, seeing service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Puma 2, and the


chain often dashed Chinook have been in use for over 30 years. The great


sight of the Dakota from the RAF Memorial flight, based in


Lincolnshire. A tactical transport aircraft used during World War II,


and on D-Day, to carry troops and freight. We saw it in Normandy last


week, a great site, in the blue skies above or a.


The Lancaster, which suffered some problems while in France. The


engineers, led by Dean McAlister, working tirelessly around the clock


this week. That is the result. This great aircraft, flying at the


Queen's Birthday Parade, with two Spitfires. And the new Parkinson,


responsible for the RAF Memorial flight. Plenty of wonderful things


to take photos of. The eyes and ears of the RAF, flown


by 8 Squadron. Flanking it, two planes from RAF Northolt. The great,


bulky figure of the C17, from RAF Brize Norton, which can carry 38


tonnes of freight. Troops and other transport. And the Voyager,


especially adapted for a military role. Troop transport from


Afghanistan and elsewhere. Three Typhoons. Stand by for the Red


Arrows. A stream of red, white and blue in the skies above central


London and Buckingham Palace, to the Queen's obvious delight. 2014 is the


50th display season for the Red Arrows. It's great to see them. The


Korean enthusiastically thanking the crowd. -- the Queen. The Duke of


Edinburgh having a chat and sharing a joke with Prince Harry. The Queen,


and members of the Royal family, making their way back into the


palace. The Birthday Parade 2014, featuring the Grenadier Guards, is


at an end. From Suzi Perry, and my special guests, and all of the BBC


team, goodbye. Magnificent. The power base


of medieval England. Charles' ceiling was a piece


of breathtaking arrogance.


Highlights of the morning's military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when the Colour of Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards was trooped to mark the Sovereign's official birthday. Introduced by Huw Edwards.

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