Highlights 2017 Trooping the Colour

Highlights 2017

Highlights of the military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when the Colour of 1st Battalion Irish Guards was trooped to mark the Sovereign's official birthday.

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Everything is set for one of the great state events


of the season and for the first time in eight years it is the turn


of the Irish Guards to troop their colour.


They will be inspired by the sound of the pipes and the drums


and by the sight of the regimental mascot, Domhnall.


All set then for the music and the majesty of the


And on this day of celebration, Her Majesty is mindful of the tragic


recent events in London and Manchester has issued


This year it is difficult to escape a very


In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession


As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been


During recent visits in Manchester and London,


I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination


of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support


Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in


United in our sadness, we are equally determined,


without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding


lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.


That was the statement issued by Buckingham Palace on the morning


of her official Birthday Parade and the Queen will be leading


a national one minute's silence at 10.45am before the parade


Well, that parade will begin shortly at Horse Guards.


Bathed in sunshine today for the ceremony of Trooping


the Colour, a tradition that spans more than two centuries.


This year's Escort provided by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.


They have been working so hard in preparation for this parade.


The crowds, thousands of people, in the stands around Horse Guards,


many of them relatives and friends of those taking part


and there is a very strong Irish presence among them.


The regimental mascot making his way towards the Horse Guards building.


We are looking forward to an impressive parade.


Let's join Sonali Shah with the Household Cavalry


For some of the soldiers it has been a 4.30am start.


There are two regiments the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards.


This year it is the turn of the Life Guards to take the lead.


What happened this morning is they made sure they came down


to check the horses, any that were nervous,


They went out for an early ride and then


it was back here, for all the grooming.


We've lot liming going on to make sure the hooves are dry.


And bandaging up the tail to make it look pristine.


Some of the horses are very much ready.


There is no over exuberance here which bodes well for the parade.


We're joined by a special guest with first-hand experience of taking


part in the Birthday Parade, Brigadier Christopher.


We found this reminder of your day on parade back in 1996.


While we admire this and think of all the style that


you showed on the day, what are your thoughts looking ahead


Well, Huw, seeing the footage from 1996 brings all the memories


back and I can clearly remember our feelings of pride


and excitement which I know everybody on parade will be feeling


today, like all Irish Guardsmen, I'm looking forward to something


21 years ago, we put in a considerable amount of work


for our day and I'm sure today's Irish Guardsmen will


They will want to show off the skill and panache that is the hallmark of


The Irish Gurads. The troops on tread today have had


relatively little time to prepare. We caught up with the guardsmen


at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright -


where they rehearse in all weathers Today, we're here in Pirbright,


which is where we do quite We spend a lot of time


on this square behind me. My advice to any guards when they're


struggling on the day Keeping that many people


in a straight line is quite hard. Giving a glance out of your left eye


to make sure you're in line The main reason we are one of the,


if not the, best army in the world is because of our discipline


in the battlefield. There's no better way


to display that discipline You get a cautionary word of command


and an executionary word of command. The cautionary word is telling


the soldiers that they're about to act, so it would be a long


drawn out command like... And then your executionary word


will be short, sharp word. After the tragic events


in Manchester, we paused the preparations for the Queen's


birthday parade and many of the troops who will be on parade


found themselves standing shoulder-to-shoulder


with a policeman in Windsor and London, guarding locations


as a result of the threat level The Major General commanding


the Household Division was rightly full of praise for the boys,


not only for what they did, but how quickly they've readjusted


to make sure that we can deliver, not just our operational


commitments, but also keep delivering on the Queen's


Birthday Parade. Be agressive and be disciplined


in everything you do. You're there, when you see


the crowd, you know your family are there in the stands to support


you and obviously Her Majesty is She's there to celebrate her


birthday, which is a real honour. Well, thankfully there is no need


to worry about the rain, but the Irish Guards will have


to deal with serious heat in London today and their Commanding


Officer Jonathan Palmer You are in charge


of giving the crucial words I want to get it right


for the boys whose parade it is. I'm very much looking


forward to you riding. You only started


riding six months ago. You haven't had long with


Wellington, are you getting on OK? I'm indebted to the Household


Cavalry Regiment whose instructors And these are the guards that he


will be commanding on parade today. The support company of the 1st


Battalion Irish Guards They are the stars of


the parade in many ways, They are providing men for number


two guard and number three guard. The Irish Guards were


the fourth regiment which explains why the buttons


are arranged in groups of four and there is the green


plume of St Patrick. Number six guard, found


by the Coldstream Guards who trooped their Colour


successfully last year. The Coldstream Guards are providing


the street liners for this year. Found by F Company Scots Guards,


that's an independent And number 4 guard, found


by Nijmegen Company, created in 1994 to carry the colours


of the second suspended battalion. The Welsh Guards are


represented by the musicians. Many of them led by


the Senior Director Norman Hunter is taking part


in his 24th Birthday Parade. And as the Senior Director


of Music will confirm - a great deal of thought goes


into the music that is performed every year -


more than 30 pieces of music - chosen after a careful process -


a rather obscure process - but this year we've been allowed


a glimpse of how it Music for the Queen's Birthday


Parade is incredibly important, because if the guardsmen have a real


strong beat as they go round, Today has been the selection process


for choosing the music I think it's very important


to reflect the Irish element of the parade,


because trooping our own colour doesn't come around very often,


so it's very important to get it The key Irish tunes


in there are great to have. I mean, it's


a traditional Irish air. I've sung all of these songs


to my children and I know that all of the Irishmen


who are marching, it will mean a great deal to them to hear this


and it will really resonate with people watching,


to the extent that I would say that people would be quite surprised,


delighted to hear them played It's a bit sort of fairground.


Yes. Absolutely.


It sounds like a barrel organ. A piece I've composed


especially for this parade is called Messines Ridge and,


almost to the day, commemorating 100 MUSIC: "Messines Ridge"


by Maj Bruce Miller. There were representatives


from both north and south If Her Majesty was tapping her foot


to my music on the day, it would be a wonderful feeling


and a great send-off You're going to get a huge


uplift there, it'll be And a lot going on all


the way through. So, yeah, we'll go


for Messines Ridge. Rather fascinating insight


into the selection of music We are looking forward to hearing


Messines Ridge later. Protecting the Colour


which was presented to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards


by Her Majesty in 2009. The regiment's 21 Battle Honours


featured on the colour, What an honour, the honour


of protecting the colour goes to two colour sentries -


Guardsmen Anthony Coates on the It's a great day for them


and Colour Sergeant Vince Hockley. This is his first Birthday Parade,


despite the fact he has put in 18 I have to say, something


of a miracle that Vince is with us today, because


he suffered terrible injuries in Afghanistan


back in 2010 when he and four others Chris,


you know Vince Hockley. You indeed know the circumstances of


what happened on that dreadful day. Well, indeed, Huw, it is a great


moment for Colour Sergeant Vince Hockley and his presence


here is remarkable. I was his Commanding Officer


in Afghanistan and I was there when he was taken off the medical


evacuation helicopter and seeing him then when I saw him,


it was questionable and the skill and the care


of the medical staff and I also like to remember


Guardsmen Christopher Davis and Lance Sergeant Mark


Burgan, who were killed


on that tour of Afghanistan. A great sight along the Mall


which is decked in Union flags for this Birthday Parade


and the Royal Standard, prominently Following the recent loss of life


at the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London,


and the loss of life in those dreadful terror attacks


in London and Manchester. The Queen has issued


the statement today to say that what is traditionally a day


of celebration is clearly also a day where we must reflect


the sombre mood of the nation So the decision was taken


by Her Majesty to lead a one minute silence before


the Birthday Parade gets under way. The Duchess of Cornwall


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


emerging from the Palace on a sunny but rather sombre morning,


following that national silence And then we have in the second


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


of York's daughters. we have the Duke and Duchess


of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent. The Royal Salute is founded


by the Field Officer's Trumpeter Of The Sovereign's Escort,


Joe Gregg of the Life Guards. This year, the Queen


celebrated her 91st birthday in April and is attending her 65th


Birthday Parade as sovereign - a record unmatched


by a British monarch. 2017 also marks the first-ever


Sapphire Jubilee for a British monarch, passing the remarkable


milestone of 65 years on the throne. At Her Majesty's side


once again this year, the Duke of Edinburgh,


who celebrated his 96th The Royal household announced last


month that the Duke would not be undertaking public engagements


from the autumn, stepping back from lots of his commitments


that he had over the years. But he is here today in his capacity


as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. But for the first time


at the parade, he is not Followed in the procession


by the Royal Colonels, the Princess Royal on the left,


there, who is the Colonel of the Blues and Royals,


a position she has held since 1998 as Colonel of the Welsh Guards,


a role he has undertaken A very special year for him,


because it is his regiment who will be trooping


the Colour today. The first section of carriages


arriving at Horse Guards Parade, And we can see that the guards'


formation has changed because number three guard has opened to make way


for the first Royal guests, as the band prepares to play


the national anthem to greet them. And then the Royal party


will have the best view in the house, really,


watching the parade from the Major General's office


overlooking Horse Guards, the office once used


by the Duke of Wellington. A great sight on the Mall


and the Brigade Major, David Hannah of the Irish Guards,


followed by four troopers of the lifeguards, leading


the sovereign's procession. The Duke of Edinburgh has enjoyed


a very long connection Today's events, of course,


a celebration of Her Majesty's official birthday, the tradition


established by Edward VII because his actual birthday fell


in November so he chose June as a much more promising month


in which to hold a Birthday Parade It was in 1947 that


Princess Elizabeth, as she then was, took part in her first parade


as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. In 1951, when the king was ill,


she took his place on Horse Guards. A year later, riding


a horse called Winston, She has been here every year


since then, with the exception of 1955, when there was a rail


strike, and, every year, The Queen's coachman this year is


Philip Barnard Brown from Melbourne. Philip has been at the Royal Mews


for 16 years and we believe he is the first Australian


to achieve the position Among those watching in the stands


are 11 Chelsea Pensioners, They are looking very smart


in their coats and tricorn hats. The Queen's carriage is crossing


on to the parade ground. The head coachman will salute


the Colour with his whip. And the Queen's Birthday Parade


of 2017 is about to begin. The Field Officer will give


his command and then The Queen's first task


is to inspect the line of guards. It is an opportunity


for the Massed Bands to entertain. Music for the slow inspection has


been arranged for today's parade by the Irish Guards current Director


of Music, Major Bruce Miller. The music changes to feature


Kerry Dance and Sweet Dublin Bay. The Queen is Colonel-In-Chief of all


the regiments on parade today. The Standard Bearer


is Corporal Major Daniel Sentance who returned to ceremonial duties


last year after three The procession continues


past the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery -


commanded by Major Jim Luck - whose members will be making


a grand entrance later on - their lead gun is in effect


their regimental Colour. The officer in charge of the entire


Household Division - and general officer commanding


London District - is Major-General Ben Bathurst -


who commanded this parade He shared his thoughts


on his new role. Well, it's a huge privilege


as the Major-General commanding the Household Division and I think,


particularly given this year, only so recently we've been


conducting Operation Temperer, so all the soldiers you will see


going past were, just a couple of weeks ago,


assisting the police I'll think of all the men


and women on parade, how they do their jobs,


whatever they are asked to do, So it's a first parade


for Major-General Bathurst - but it's a final Birthday Parade


as senior Director of Music Lt Col Kevin Roberts


of the Welsh Guards after three It's important we get the music


right so it reflects the various elements and it lifts people


where it needs to. I need to keep an element in my mind


focusing on the words I'm hoping that I can rely


on my experience to really enjoy and savour this,


my last parade. A big moment now for


the Massed Bands getting the parade proper under way as they prepare


to perform one of the real highlights of the parade


for over a century. With that raised trombone,


the band will get ready for that Massed Bands, by the


centre, quick march! The familiar figure


of Major Scott Fitzgerald in his final Birthday Parade


ordering Messines Ridge He is from Ballymoney


in Northern Ireland. He is acknowledged to be the best


drummer in the regiment. He is getting ready for the next


phase of the parade. The drummer playing eight


bars of a field signal called the Drummer's Call,


recalling an age when field signals The orderly, Guardsman Rainey,


who is from Birmingham, marching two years ago,


comes forward to take the paste it from Regimental Sergeant Major


Daniel Hinton who can then draw his sword ready to protect


the Colour in the next Escort for the Colour,


by the left, quick march. The Escort stepping off very


smartly to The March Of The British Grenadiers,


a good opportunity for the men to stretch their legs


and show their style and flair Big moment for the Escort,


a really proud moment, they have spent hours


preparing for this. Drawn from the Support Company,


the more experienced soldiers in the battalion,


highly unusual for them to provide the Escort and they won


the privilege in a drill competition and today is their reward,


and when you talk to the men in the Escort, thinking back


to the idea it is a unique honour and although you may do several


of the Birthday Parades than once, making today a real


career highlight for each So the Escort marches forward


and they will stop some 16 paces from the Colour Party,


ready for the collection Escort for the Colour,


in open order, right dress. The Massed Bands, turning


to face the Colour Party and the senior director,


Kevin Roberts, making his way through the band to a new position,


close to the front. And this is a very proud moment


for Regimental Sergeant Major Daniel Hinton as he now prepares to take


possession of the Colour, protecting it with his sword,


ready to hand it over in safety to the Ensign, Second


Lieutenant O'Connor, who will then troop the Colour


through the ranks. Second Lieutenant O'Connor,


today's Ensign, receives the Colour ready for the trooping,


and places it safely The Ensign and Sergeant Major resume


their positions in the Escort, and we have now entered a new phase


in the parade because having taken possession, they have become


the Escort to the Colour. Escort to the Colour,


by the centre, slow march. So, the Escort advances now in slow


time, the bands playing Escort To The Colour


by Richard Ridings, which has been played at this point


ever since 1978. the bands will have to negotiate


what everyone acknowledges This is the military equivalent


of a three-point turn, they say, known as the Spin Wheel,


200 musicians supported by the Corps of Drums,


having to change direction without changing formation.


Among them is Drum Major Smiley of the Irish Guards,


and he wants us to know Brandon is watching the parade


at home in Datchet, and of course, other people watching from different


vantage points, like the Duchess of Cornwall, there,


in the Major-General's office The music changes to


the Grenadiers Slow March written by Frederick Harris,


the Escort Trooping the Colour through the ranks, the symbolic


foundation of this parade, the specific honour is to parade


the regimental standard or Colour as a rallying point as armies have


done through the centuries. All eyes, of course, on the Ensign,


Her Majesty looking in great detail, and the audience, and the millions


of viewers around the world, Second Lieutenant O'Conor,


who was commissioned He's been telling us


about the honour of being chosen and how he's been preparing for this


very prominent role in the parade. I'm very much aware


of the significance of the colours. For the Irish Guards,


it is a great opportunity to show off our regiment and history


to the public and hopefully A lot of hard work has


gone into this, Chris, not just for the Ensign


but for all of those taking part in the parade, as you know,


having taken part yourself. Absolutely, and memories


of 21 years ago fresh, the Colour as the central part


in the parade today and it is the central


part of the battalion, it has enormous significance,


not only for the Irish Guards past and present, the people on parade


today, but it is a consecrated symbol of the Battalion


of the regiment, it was used hundreds of years ago as a rallying


point in battle, and the act of Trooping the Colour was to ensure


that every man knew what his Colour looked like, so today as much


as then, Colours are revered as a central part of the battalion,


and to all those on parade, it represents the spirit


and the soul of the regiment. Those who have been killed


in action, our past achievements, and it provides an enduring link


to the monarchy, as the Queen, our Colonel in Chief,


presents the colours, so a really proud moment


for the Ensign as he troops the Colour in front


of his fellow guardsmen. The Escort arriving alongside Number


2 Guard and then passing to its original position,


the right guide of number two guard, Numbers one to five


guards will retire. The music was composed after


the Second World War by Tom Birkett of the Coldstream Guards


as we prepare for the next phase Numbers one to five


guards will advance. So, the trooping phase


is complete and the march It is not tied to any


particular regiment and that It is another composition


by Major Bruce Miller MUSIC: "Proud Heritage"


by Bruce Miller. The 1st Battalion Irish Guards based


in Hounslow and employed in state ceremonial public duties and support


company, as Chris you were saying, a very important


part of that effort? Support company man the support


weapons in the battalion and that comprises the anti-tank


rockets and the mortars. Each and every one of these


men are heavily trained Each and every one of these


men are highly trained And the discipline, the teamwork,


the attention to detail that you can see today are also the foundations


of success on combat operations. That makes them world


class ceremonial soldiers The Escort is being led by Field


Officer Lieutenant Colonel Palmer and the Major of the Parade


as we see number two A special mention there


for Major Charlie Gair who was with We saw Colour Sergeant Vince Hockley


earlier and his remarkable Major Charlie Gair was commanding


the patrol in which Vince was shot. He was ordered a mention in


dispatches for his gallantry and leadership.


The bearskins being worn tend to be passed from one generation


until the next until recently we were told that one Coldstream


officer was still wearing one that was used in a battle in 1854.


Soon the music will change to the Irish Guards Slow March.


and the Major of the Parade is ready to lead the march past.


The music has changed to the Irish Guards Slow March.


The Ensign lowers the Colour, the flourish, as he passes


Raising the Colour once again once the march past is complete.


Looking on, no doubt with a measure of pride, is Prince William,


the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish


A change of music for the Grenadier Guards slow march.


No doubt one of those watching most keenly is the Colonel


of the Grenadier Guards, the Duke of Edinburgh.


The Scots Guards slow march, Garb Of Auld Gaul.


The third member of the salute base, the Duke of Kent, is Colonel


The slow march of the Coldstream Guards from Mozart's Figaro.


Their Colonel is Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall.


The Adjutant of the Parade Captain Max Dooher of the Irish Guards


The music changes to the mutual slow march.


Field Officer of the Brigade is waiting, Lieutenant Colonel


Jonathan Palmer will ride out to salute the Queen


Yes, indeed, all eyes on Horse Guards Parade today


and many thousands of friends and family are present,


enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the music and enjoying


the drill, the precision and the smartness of the parade.


My colleague Sonali has been catching up with one


of those proud relatives, Anita Ward, mother of Vince Hockley.


I know that you have been at the Queen's Birthday Parade


when you were Lord Mayor of Birmingham.


But it is the first time as a proud mum?


So very different from when I was here as Lord Mayor.


A lot of pride from myself and from the whole family today.


And earlier on in the programme we heard about Vince's injuries,


to go from there to being here on parade today, just makes it


It is, but it has been down to his own determination,


his own willpower and, I have to say, the support that he has had


Including your father, who was in the Coldstream Guards


and he will be watching from home today?


He is and he will be bursting with pride as well.


There has been a lot of rivalry over the years


between the Coldstreamers, but Dad will be


It's such a proud day for the family.


Thank you very much for talking to us.


The guards have now reformed ready to march past in quick time.


A new change of tempo led by the Senior Time Beater


The neutral quick march is Star Of Erin.


It was composed by Major Gerry Horabin.


Among the spectators is Boris Johnson, the Foreign


Secretary, with distinguished guests,


including Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary.


We are told that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, is not at the parade


Great, as well, Chris, to mention all the family support


that is so essential in regimental life.


Indeed, the Irish Guards take great pride in being a family regiment


and so many of the men on parade today will, like me,


have had a father, uncle or a relation in the regiment.


For example, in the Escort alone is Guardsman Lee Mooney,


whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather


were in the regiment, and there are two sets


one of the Colour Sentries had a father in the regiment.


Great to see so many Irish Guards families represented on parade


and their families will be in the stands today,


The Irish Guards quick march, St Patrick's Day.


A great surge of the music of the pipes, giving way


to the Grenadier Guards' quick march, The British Grenadiers.


Nijmegen Company, number four guard company had the honour


The Scots Guards' quick march, Hielan' Laddie, F Company,


Scots Guards, an incremental company of Scots Guards based


The Coldstream Guards' quick march, Milanollo, number six guard,


found by No 7 Company Coldstream Guards.


It'll be busier next year for the Coldstream Guards probably


because we expect they will be Trooping the Colour


The field officer riding out once again to salute the Queen with two


The Massed Bands play the neutral quick march,


Mick's March arranged by MJ Henderson, former Director


of Music Irish Guards, written for the Birthday Parade in 1996.


As the Guards reform for the next stage of the parade,


there's a moment's relief for the commanding officer


It's such a great moment for him, his family and his colleagues.


And he's been sharing his views with us.


It's lovely for me as the commanding officer to be doing something


so visible in front of the blokes and to be doing something


I can shout all I like, but if they don't react


to the words of command, then it doesn't work.


I think just being in front of the Queen, I think that'll


be the lasting memory, because she's an amazing woman.


I hope everyone who is on parade today will look back and,


even when they're in their dotage, give it the old, I was there.


Pull up a chair and listen to my story.


Guards, Holt! Guards, shoulder arms. Officers, take post.


The Colour is now taken to the front of the Escort.


The great sight, the Footguards reforming, and soon it will be


Mounted troops will cross the parade ground and pass the saluting dais.


Very hot weather here in central London today,


presenting a challenge, of course, not just to the men


and women taking part in this parade but for the horses as well.


The Massed Bands and drums moving to the south side of the parade


ground to make space for the Mounted Bands.


The band of the Household Cavalry moving on to Horse Guards,


led by the assistant Director of Music, Captain James Marshall


This is the 20th year that the King's Troop,


Royal Horse Artillery have been on parade and they join the event


at Horse Guards at the request of the Royal family,


The King's Troop, the saluting battery of the household troops,


essentially, formed back in 1946 at the instigation of King George


VI, to revive the firing of royal salutes on anniversaries


The great sight of the Drum Horses, damas and mercury, and they are very


heavy, given to the lifeguards by William IV in 1831,


The King's Troop commanded by Major Jim Luck, on his first


Birthday Parade, taking command last autumn.


He has been deployed to Afghanistan on three occasions.


Her Majesty will be acknowledging, in this instance, the lead gun,


prominently on display, in effect the Colour of the troop,


so the 13 pounder quickfire guns have that status.


They entered service in 1904 and all six on parade today


It has taken 12 hours of work to prepare the guns to be


in the prime condition they are in for the parade.


The King's troop has kept the title of King's troop on the orders


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


who chose the original name, King's troop, 70 years ago.


The Field Officer of the Sovereign's Escort,


Major James Harbord, as field officer, commanding


the Household Cavalry troops on parade, having been on parade two


The standard-bearer is Squadron Corporal Major Daniel Sentance,


watched by his wife, Lucy, and his parents in the stands.


He is riding Kimberley, a word about him?


Here come the Blues and Royals, the Household Cavalry


consisting of two regiment, the Life Guards and the Blues


and Royals, the senior regiment of the British Army.


And the farriers, with their glinting axes,


who in times gone by would dispatch horses injured in battle.


The music is The Royals, arranged by Major Ted Jeanes.


The field officer's trumpeter is Joe Gregg of the lifeguards


on his first Birthday Parade, from Orkney, did not set out to be


a trumpeter but he tells us it is a great honour to be part


And the trumpeter's horse is a grey so it is very


A dramatic surge of speed and pace and energy.


The King's Troop were recently deployed to central London


to support the police in key locations including Downing Street


as part of Operation Temperer, a good moment for us to pay tribute


to all members of the Armed Forces and all members of the services


who have shown exceptional dedication in recent months,


Major Jim Luck is riding Galaxy today.


Each of the guns, followed by six horses.


Kicking up a lot of dust on this very dry parade ground today.


At the rear we have the masters of the troop and the first ever


female Master Tailor in the British Army,


The turn of the Life Guards to trot past Her Majesty.


Carrying 43 Battle Honours including Passchendaele and that battle


will be commemorated in special events at the end


The band of the Household Cavalry presents its own birthday tribute.


Kettle drummers, riding the Drum Horses, crossing


their sticks in their special form of salute for the Queen.


Musicians look magnificent wearing the state coat which signals


that they are members of the Royal Household,


crimson velvet and gold braid and lace.


It has been unchanged pretty much since 1685.


Back to the area beyond St James' Park and down


to the Queen Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace,


There will be thousands of people there to greet Her Majesty


It has been a very busy few days for members of the Royal Family.


Yesterday, Her Majesty was in West London visiting local


people there after the dreadful events of recent days.


That's very much been on Her Majesty's mind, given


She said in the statement it is a day of celebration,


but a sombre mood marking national events and she very much


The bands having saved some of the very best tunes


for the end of the parade as the bands always do!


Because this is a great moment to showcase some of their best


music as the parade is over and they've got a few minutes


to perform for us as we watch the procession going back


This tradition was established by George V. And it is no less popular


today. At that time, the parade


had become so popular, it was decided they needed


to provide an even more impressive experience


for the thousands of spectators. I love the vista looking down


the Mall towards Buckingham Palace, the grand ceremonial route designed


by Sir Aston Webb in the early 20th century, so familiar to the Queen


and the Royal family, which has featured for every great


event of her reign, and before that, this is where she travelled


to her wedding in 1947, November, vast crowds there of course,


and for other royal weddings in the decades that followed,


and also a feature of more sombre occasions, such as her father's


funeral in 1952, and her A word about the street liners,


because they perform such Battalion Coldstream Guards lining


the processional route from Buckingham Palace


to Horse Guards, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James Thurstan


who was the field officer A word about the


Regimental Adjutants as well because we sometimes don't


get a good look at them but there are six of them and I am


just wondering, could you tell us a bit about them, and especially


Colonel Timothy Purdon, They ride at the rear of


the procession and they are retired


officers of the division who run the service battalions and I suppose


they are a reflection of the back the service battalions and I suppose


they are a reflection of the service in the Household Division


has lifelong connections and they undertake some really


important work with veterans and you are right to mention


the Irish Guards Regimental Adjutant, Colonel Timothy Purdon,


retiring this year after over 45 years' service to the regiment


and an important family connection carried on,


his son James served with me So, lots of members of the Royal


family on the balcony, greeting Her Majesty and the Duke


as they return home Well, Huw, not many people know that


when the Escort get back to Buckingham Palace,


the parade may have ended for a lot of people, but for them,


they go on to conduct the normal How long will they be on daout yu


and maintaining this duty for now? The Guardsmen will have a one or two


hour duty on top of having completed Horse Guards Parade, playing host


to today's spectacular event, but Buckingham Palace right


at the centre of events This is the scene in Green Park,


another of the Royal Parks where the King's Troop is riding


into provide that 41-gun salute. Are always wanted to join the army


and I saw the King's Troop and I said, I want to do that and I have


been here ever since. What is your experience as a female in Diaby? No


different to any other soldier. All we want is somebody who can do the


job and do it well and there does not need to be an issue. It does not


matter if you are male or female, as long as you can do the job. The


King's Troop have been pioneers in terms of the number of women. It has


been equal at time. It has come and we are


getting more and more females all the time,


it is nearly 50-50. Is that what you would say to anyone


thinking about joining It's a great life, it is hard work


and you have to be dedicated because you need to look after live


animals 24/7 but as long You are normally parading a busy


doing something else, getting ready for the gun salutes


so what have you made I have not seen much of it but I'm


sure I will catch up with it, I will run over and watch


the Royal Salute and see how it goes We must not miss that


so I will let you go. A very big police presence


in Central London. We saw the dozens of police officers


trying to control this vast crowd as it makes its way down


towards Buckingham Palace. In 1953, the Duke was appointed


Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, Marshal of the Royal Air Force,


but, as we were discussing, he is stepping down from lots


of public and royal duties Like all of us who served


in the Navy during the war, I lost many friends and shipmates


who are commemorated here. His first salute is for the ship


and it is her captain Lieutenant Commander


Harper is now the guest. One of the great things


that the services can do is they can take ordinary people and turn them


into extraordinary people. And the crowdS very soon will see


the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen and all other members


of the Royal family, the principal members,


on the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace


and it is a moment as well, Robert, for the family to show itself


in all its generations. They are in place and the fly-past


is about to happen because the first element is a Chinook and two Puma


helicopters from RAF Benson. The Chinook, of course,


with its distinctive twin rotors, can often be seen in


the skies above London. in how to operate in complex


environments, so it is a very important piece of equipment


for the Royal Air Force. The captain of the Chinook,


Squadron Leader Jack Kyle Waving to the aircrew


from the Palace balcony. We are expecting a Hawker Hurricane


and two Spitfires. These are from the Battle


of Britain Memorial Flight. 2017 is a very special


year for the Battle A round of applause


for the Hurricane and Spitfires. The third element, we have


the Shadow It's quite a presence


in the sky, it has to be said. The fourth element is


the C-17 Globemaster, from RAF Brize Norton


and we have a BAe 146 The fifth element is the A400M


Atlas from RAF Brize Norton and we have the C-130 Hercules


from RAF Brize Norton. And the Centre doll. -- the


Sentinel. Here comes the seventh element,


the Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, This really does pass with


a thundering boom across the skies. We are waiting for the climax,


the great display by the Red Arrows. Fantastic patriotic sight of red,


white and blue against that dazzling A fitting end to the fly-past


for this Queen's Birthday Parade. So the Queen and three


generations of the Royal Family make their way back into Buckingham


Palace. The Birthday Parade of 2017,


in the Queen's 91st Another superb display


by everyone on Horse Guards And an equally impressive fly-past


by the Royal Air Force. guests and everyone on the BBC team


at the Queen's Birthday Parade,


Highlights of Saturday morning's military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when the Colour of 1st Battalion Irish Guards was trooped to mark the Sovereign's official birthday. Introduced by Huw Edwards.

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