The Queen's Birthday Parade Trooping the Colour


The Queen's Birthday Parade

Highlights of the military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when HM the Queen's Colour of the Coldstream Guards was trooped.


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Every year on a Saturday in June, the ceremony of Trooping the Colour

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is held to celebrate the sovereign's official birthday. This

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year, many of the uniforms will feature this medal, it is the

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Diamond Jubilee Medal, as the troops of the Household Division

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present their own birthday tribute The custom of honouring the

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sovereign's birthday every year with a grand parade goes back

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nearly 300 years, to the days of George III. More than 1,000 troops

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are taking part today, led by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards,

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whose colour is being trooped today. It is their first opportunity to

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provide the Escort since 1999. The guards, as ever, assembled into two

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rex, a tribute to Wellington's tactics in battle in years gone by.

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These soldiers on parade today are fully trained and better already.

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British forces sustaining more losses in Afghanistan and in recent

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days, bringing to 419 the number of personnel who have died in

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operations there. Thousands of people are watching in the stands

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around Horse Guards Parade. Those invited include ambassadors and

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diplomats, including senior military figures and government

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ministers as well. Along the Mall, more than 250 soldiers lining the

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processional route, made of both officers, plus 240 men, from the

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1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. In

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a short while, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and other members

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of the Royal Family will leave Buckingham Palace, the route even

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more familiar to everyone watching after the Diamond Jubilee events of

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the past month. There have been two full-scale rehearsals for today's

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parade on the past two Saturdays. Only this morning, the final

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details were being checked at Wellington Barracks, where we can

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join Clare Balding. Not the most glamorous of surroundings, because

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actually, this is an underground car park, just a temporary home for

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the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. They have been here for

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the last few weeks, and they have been getting up very early. The

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guns have been rebuilt, cleaned inside and out. Some of this gear

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dates back to the First World War. These are small, chunky, sturdy

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horses, a bit different to the ones you will see in the Household

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Cavalry. They will be using chalk to make sure that all of these

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marks are gone. We will be joining our escorts to see how their

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preparations have been going. Coldstream Guards have had a very

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busy summer. They received new collars from Her Majesty the Queen.

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They provided a guard of honour at the State Opening of Parliament.

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They played a prominent role in the Jubilee celebrations. At all times

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they also stayed focused on their next deployment. The commander will

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always be focused on operations coming up. We had a directive the

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other day to get operations out of our heads, it was all about

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ceremonial. Don't mess up, get it right, do not let anybody down. Too

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much work has gone into it! main thought initially with

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Trooping the Colour this year will be to make sure that everybody is

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looking immaculate. If we do not have those straight lines, it will

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throw everything out. I started riding in September last year. I am

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struggling a bit, definitely, but hopefully it will come right on the

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day. Everybody knows the parade, everybody knows the format,

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everybody will be getting into the right position at the right time,

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and then you have just got to make sure that all of the individuals'

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hands are in the right position, maybe occasionally raising your

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voice slightly. To be able to go out in front of millions of people

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and to be able to perform the escort for the Trooping the Colour,

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it is going to be an absolute honour. It is a huge honour to be

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taking part, but I fear I will be concentrating on just staying on

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top of the horse! There is no better motivation for getting it

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right than the Queen actually taking the inspection on the day. I

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would like to think every single one of them will feel that pride on

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the day. Just a sense of the intense build-up to today's parade.

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The Escort this year provided by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards,

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the oldest regiment in continuous service in the British Army, and

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one of seven regiments in the Household Division. These are the

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personal tropes of Her Majesty the Queen. The first battalion

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comprises an elite Light Infantry unit of 600 men. The Coldstream

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Guards is also providing a No 2 Guard and No 3 Guard. 80% of this

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particular company is new to the parade. Next to them, we have No 5

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Guard, found this year by 1st Battalion Irish Guards. Over the

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summer, they will be providing a lot of the security for the Olympic

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rowing and canoeing at Windsor. Next, No 4 Guard, found by Nijmegen

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Company, Grenadier Guards. The company has also been providing

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support to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards serving in

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Afghanistan. They are serving with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who

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deployed to Helmand earlier this year. They sent us this brief

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message for the parade today. all of us in Afghanistan, we wish

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you the best on parade today. We look forward to taking part next

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year. That was a rousing cymru am byth there. The newcomer was

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presented to the 1st Battalion by the Queen at Windsor just a month

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ago. The battalion carrying 44 of the regiment's 113 Battle honours.

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6th June marks the 269th anniversary of the battle -- the

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Battle of Dettingen. Awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in

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Afghanistan in 2010 was Sergeant Paul Baines. We will be speaking to

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his family later in the programme. He is flight today by a two

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sentries to the colour. Those are Guardsman Gareth Etherington and

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Guardsman Kyle Dunbar. The officer commanding the parade today is the

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Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Lieutenant Colonel Robin Sergeant,

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of the Coldstream Guards. He has been speaking with Clare about the

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challenge he faces today. This horse knows exactly what she is

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doing, which must be quite a comfort. It really is. She is not

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the most flashy horse in the stables, but I can rely on her. For

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an in from -- infantryman Lee like -- infantry man like me, it is very

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reassuring. We are immensely proud. Trooping the Colour in front of the

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Queen is always a huge privilege, something we take extremely

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seriously. This year, the eyes of the world are upon London.

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quite a challenge, and a very different one. There have been some

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additional challenges this year, no question. The men have been playing

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a large part in a number of the celebrations, which has made some

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of the preparation more disruptive than it might have been. The boys

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have worked really hard. I think we are set for a good parade. I know

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that the Coldstream Guards had a number of really strong candidates,

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and let's see which one was chosen. One young officer will take centre

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stage. We went to Sandhurst to meet the five people who are competing

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for the role of ensign. To have the honour of doing it in front of the

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Queen would be something overwhelming. It is not something

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you'd take lightly. My father himself was an ensign back in the

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1976 birthday Parade. Having heard his memories and seen the

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photographs, it would mean a lot. Particularly in the Diamond Jubilee

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year, it would mean a huge to mount to me. There is also the

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responsibility of filling these huge boots. Whoever gets to be the

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ensign, it will be a friendly pat on the back and catching up for a

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drink afterwards. I am looking for somebody who's proven

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professionally, but also has a great sense of humour, and is able

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to look after his blokes and lead from the front. On leaving

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Sandhurst, the officers are sent on infantry training. It is the

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perfect opportunity to show the qualities needed to be the ideal

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ensign. They will be tired and stressed, you cannot see very much

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around you, so they will be working hard to work out what is going on.

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This is hugely important for the role that we will do. The role of

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the ensign, many people might think, it is just a ceremonial role, but

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what is easy to forget is that every soldier on the troop, not

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just the ensign, is a battle soldier. It is now may, and we are

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in the location where we practise, effectively out of the public eye,

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and we have now selected our ensign. It is wonderful news, it is a

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wonderful way to start life in the regiment. I think Second Lieutenant

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Hugo Codrington comes across as being a very accomplished young

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officer. He cares passionately about his soldiers, that has come

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across all ready. And finally, I am pretty confident that the drill

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will go really well as well. the proudest of days for Second

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Lieutenant Hugo Codrington. And we will be hearing more about his

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family's links with the Coldstream Guards later on. Someone who knows

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every detail about this event is my guest once again this year, he

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commanded the parade himself back in 2009, he is Colonel Ben Farrell,

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formerly of the Irish Guards. morning two all a few, particularly

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those watching from Afghanistan today. Let's talk about the field

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officer - you have been there and done it, so what is going through

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his mind? I have been speaking to him this morning. He is feeling

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pretty relaxed and confident. I have to say, I was feeling pretty

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much the same myself at this moment, but at the time when I saw the

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Prime Minister, the Cabinet, the Chief of Defence Staff and most of

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the hierarchy of the nation, you suddenly begin to feel that this

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would be a bad day to fluff your lines. Making way now for the first

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of the royal carriages, which will be arriving in a few minutes' time.

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That departure is upon us, at Buckingham Palace. The first

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carriage is carrying the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge

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And in the second carriage, the Duke of York and his daughters,

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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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So, as the sovereigns' procession is about to get under way in just a

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few minute, let's join Clare Balding wufpbs again.

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Right outside Buckingham Palace with the Captain Roley. A busy,

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busy summer for you already? Enormously, yes. Most who're here

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were taking part in Her Majesty's Jubilee procession and now we are

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back here again for the birthday parade which is a really special

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one this year. Obviously it's special every year but in a Jubilee

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year we are really looking forward to taking part.

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The horses have to concentrate and are working hard. When do they have

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time off? We'll look to develop the bond between horse and rider in

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Norfolk by doing various exercise and Joe jumping. We take them to

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the beach and ride them bareback in the waves which is a really

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different experience to the horses. It really develops the trust and

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gives them a chance to cut loose a bit. Lovely to hear about that.

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Thank you and good luck today. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

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depart. They'll make their way towards Horse Guards Parade. A new

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development for us this year because the Queen and the Duke

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travelling in the glass coach today. Buckingham Palace says this is

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because of the unpredictable nature of today's weather. The coach which

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has been in regular use over the past centuries, certainly for many

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Royal weddings, including the wedding of the young Princess

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Elizabeth and Prince Philip back in 1947. At Her Majesty's side once

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again this year is the Duke of Edinburgh who celebrated his 91th

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birthday last Sunday. He missed some of the Jubilee celebrations

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because of ill health. We have the Royal colonels following, the Duke

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of Cambridge, the Princess Royal is This is the scene along the Mall as

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the first carriages approach Horse Guards Parade. The Duchess of

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Cambridge. In the past year, she's carried out her first solo Royal

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event and delivered her first public speech as a member of the

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Royal Family. That was seen to be a great success. Prince Harry spent

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the past week on pre-deployment training at RAF Wattisham in

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Suffolk. He's a fully operational Apache helicopter pilot with the

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So these are the first karanls approaching Horse Guards Parade --

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carriages. We saw earlier No.3 guard parted to make way for first

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Royal guests. When they arrive on the parade ground, there'll be the

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national anthem to signal their Prince Harry salutes the colour,

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wearing the uniform of the Blues & Royals officer in dismount red view

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order, decorated with the wings of the Army air corps and his Golden

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Jubilee medal and Afghanistan Both sides of the Mall decked in

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Union Jacks, as they were for the Jubilee events. The flags will be

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flying on all Government buildings until sunket, that is to mark the

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sovereign's traditional birthday in the traditional way. The brigade

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major Andrew Speed, second time in that role, it's his responsibility

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to check that everything is up to scratch for the birthday parade.

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The Queen's birthday parade is our annual demonstration to the Monarch

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of our commitment to her and I think it's a celebration of the

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fact that she's dedicated herself both to the military and to the

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nation for 60 years. Sadly, this is my last year as the brigade major,

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I've been lucky enough to work with a great team who work very hard to

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produce these events. So there's a I think the of sadness, but equally,

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I'm looking forward to what will be a cracking parade -- there's a

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tinge of sadness. The major followed by the regiment formed in

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1969, a merger of two historic regiment, the Royal Dragoons and

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the Royal horse guards. They have distinctive red plumes

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and are wearing the state helmet that was design bid Prince Albert

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back in 18 42. They are followed by the mounted band of the Household

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Cavalry whose appearance is always one of the very high points of the

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birthday parade. The band directed by Captain Jason Griffiths of the

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Blues & Royals. His first time in A glimpse for us there of the Royal

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colonels, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of If Irish colonel guards will be

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celebrating his birthday this month in June. Colonel of the Welsh

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Guards today has been awarded the highest rank in all three military

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services by the Queen, Field Marshall Admiral of the fleet,

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marshal of the Air Force, Duke of Kent of the Scots Guards and the

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Princess Royal, colonel of the The most remarkable stpact that Her

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Majesty's taking the salute at every single parade that's been

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held -- remarkable fact. One was cancelled in the 50s because of a

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rail strike. One has been held almost every year since her

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Chelsea Pensioners represented by ten in-pensioners today with a

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combined service of 21 1 years, led by the Captain of invalids men

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Philip Shannon, used to be Director of The Music of the Irish Guards.

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On to the parade ground itself, Mark Hargreaves preparing to

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produce his distinctive salute of The Royal colonel saluting as they

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pass the colour and the non-Royal colonels, Lord Guthrie and

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Lieutenant Colonel James Bucknall will do likewise. The Queen's

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birthday of 2012 will get under way. At the stroke of 11 o'clock, the

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Queen will be stepping on to the base. The field officer will give

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his command and the national anthem, Fooled officer brigade in waiting,

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the Sergeant prepares to order the SO THE QUEEN'S FIRST DUTY IS TO

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INSPECT HER TROOPS AND THIS IS LIEUTENANT COLONEL STEPHEN

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BARNWELL'S FIRST PARADE AS SENIOR Director of music as appointed last

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year, just in time for the challenges of the Diamond Jubilee

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and the Olympic Games. He'll The music changes to West Country

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songs. An arrangement of traditional songs asofrb associated

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with the West Country where the Coldstream Guards have music

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associated with major Darren wolfen dale. The Queen will be wearing the

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brooch of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Then a lot is

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said about the very deep and meaningful relationship between

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these troops on parade today and Her Majesty. Ben, can you shed a

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little more light on that? Yes, Huw. The Queen is the colonel in Chief

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of the Seven regiments of the Household Division, the five

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regiments of Foot Guards and the two regiments of the Household

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Cavalry. She has had an enduring and very special relationship with

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the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry for many years. Of course

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perhaps even stronger these days when we witness three generations

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of the Royal Family on parade wearing a uniform of the regiments

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of the Household Division and not forgetting both her grandsons are

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currently serving within the Guards. So the Household Division as a

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being the personal bodyguards of Her Majesty the Queen and we can

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witness every day from the Royal In charge of all the soldiers on

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parade today is Major General George Norton, commanding the

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Household Division who commanded in parade himself in 200 3 and 2004

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and he's been sharing his thoughts on his new role.

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My personal experience began in 1985 as a young officer fresh out

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of Sandhurst when I commanded a half company of street liners. Most

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recently, it saw me commanding the parade both in 200 3 and 2004 as a

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commanding officer. Successful ceremonial calls for teamwork,

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attention to detail, discipline and all of these qualities translate

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directly to the battlefield, albeit that the days of marching in

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straight lines on the battlefield are long gone. So the parade stands

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by for one of the most popular military tunes. This tune by Dan

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Godfrey played first in 1869. It will be led forward by the major

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senior drum member and it signals that the Queen's birthday parade is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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American flavour have been included at the personal request of Major

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General George Norton, recognising the work done together by British

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and American forces in Afghanistan over the last 10 years. The lone

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drummer, Lance Sergeant Paul Blakelock, breaks away. He is from

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Tyne and Wear, he has served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and

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the next phase is about to start. In days gone by, it was the

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subaltern's responsibility to big, bold, proud moment for them,

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on their way to escort the colour. We mentioned the a leaked like

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infantry role - define that for us, Ben. Over many years, the role has

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been to close with the enemy in the closest combat. But I think this

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role has become increasingly sophisticated over many years.

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Units like the Coldstream Guards, who are currently in Afghanistan,

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are engaged in training, mentoring and supporting the Afghan forces,

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as well as passing the message to the population of Afghanistan that

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their purpose is to be there to provide a safe and secure future

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for the people of Afghanistan. They have to be adaptable and able to

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operate in complex and demanding over the sword so that the Trooping

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colour. He now prepares to hand over possession to the ensign,

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Colour through the ranks is about to start. The regimental Sergeant

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Major turns to the rear. The colour Escort, to the colour, slow march!

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So, the Escort advances in slow of the challenge facing the bands.

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They have very little room for manoeuvre. This is easily the most

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baffling move of the entire parade. Lots of standing still, and then

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suddenly, as if by magic, they are every guardsman aware of the

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significance of what is about to happen. For the Ensign, of course,

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bearing the colour, no doubting the honour, for him and for his family.

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The Codringtons are a bit of a military family and there have been

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two former Coldstreams who went all the way up to become Lieutenant and

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colonel. To be the new forward in the next generation to carry on the

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tradition, I'm very proud to be a part of it and I hope it will

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continue long after I'm gone too. Being the Ensign is something that

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only comes around once every nine years for each guard battalion. So

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to be in my shoes now means I'm very fortunate. It's not something

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I ever pecksed to be doing. doubting the Coldstream credentials

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of the Codringtons, Ben? Some familys have a long and

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distinguished history within the division. As we look at the formal

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process of trapping the colour. What does that signify? It's worth

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reflecting that these parades have very practical origins and formerly

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within the Army, dating back to 1746, but before that, barons and

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chieftains used to use their flags and banners or colours as rallying

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points on the battlefield. They used to troop the flags through the

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ranks of their soldiers to allow them to recognise them. In the

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chaos of battle, the soldiers were able to rally at their points. What

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we see today, although very much ceremonial, has deep, historical

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highly decorated, including the accumulated service medal which

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involves Iraq and Afghanistan and more medals being added today, Ben?

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It's worth mentioning that Neil Lowry, capital major of F Company

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has been awarded the service medal today, as has colour sergeant David

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Rodgers who's on parade. As a colour point marker. He will

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shortly become the Queen's piper, so a fantastic day for both of them.

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In this Diamond Jubilee year, 440,000 Diamond Jubilee medals have

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been issued to those in the Armed Forces and indaed other services

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too? -- indeed in other services too.

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Halt. Excourt, to the colour. Turn. The officers ordered to take post.

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Only the captains remain in front of the Forwards and the colour

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A moment of relief too probably for lots of the guardsmen who've been

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standing still for well over an hour. But it's not a moment to

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relax, because the march-past is about to take place. And trying to

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keep that line of so many men straight is a precision task really

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which requires a lot of concentration and confidence and is

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old Coldstream slow marches the colour, a moment then to

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reflect, Ben, on how long the Guards have had to prepare for this

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parade? We've always had a period described adds spring drills in the

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past where regiments could prepare for several months before a Queen's

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birthday parade. Over the recent years as the Army's become

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increasingly busy, this time has been limited and none more so than

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this year when the Coldstream Guards have been involved in so

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many different events before today. So they've had no time for spring

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drills. We were always warned of peaking early in our preparations

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for this parade. I think in my discussions with Rob, he certainly

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said there was no danger of them peaking early. He was hoping they'd

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peak today. Looking at it so far, I Guards and the Major of the praid -

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first trooped their colour for the Queen back in 1954. This is the

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sixth time they've been given the honour, the last time was 1999.

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Guardsman Dowell from Leicester is 6'9", one of the tallest guardsmen

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on parade today. The Prime Minister and Samantha Cameron enjoying the

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parade with lots of other people in the Escort, taking position for the

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formal march-past when the Queen will take salute. Timing critical

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here. They have to get off in perfect shape. This slow march

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deceptively easy - the experts say it's very testing and on this

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gravel surface, it's certainly Batam of Dettingen. - Battle of

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Dettingen. The Ensign raises the the Grenadier Guards. The Irish

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chairman of the Irish Guards. The music changes to the slow march of

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the Queen. Patrick Wells, a class mate of Prince William's at Eton.

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One of the few old Etonians serving in the regiment at the moment, but

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does have a very rich tradition, over 850 Coldstream officers have

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saluted the Queen to show that the slow march past is complete and the

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everyone on parade without exception and for their friends and

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families. Clare has been speaking to one proud mother a little

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earlier. I'm with Susan Baines whose son

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Paul is the colour sergeant today. What a day for you? Yes, it's

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really special today to see him actually doing something like this

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instead of something dangerous. was awarded an MC wasn't he?

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for tour in Afghanistan 2011-2011. He wanted to accept the award on

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behalf of all the guards, because they all do a special job, not just

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him. Exactly and deflecting the attention. You have a connection

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with the Queen? Yes, I was born on Coronation Day and my mother named

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me after the Queen, Susan Elizabeth. Susan Elizabeth? Yes. Have a

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wonderful day. Thank you. So we have the red feathers, the neutral

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quick march, not sure how neutral that is. The red plumes are alluded

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to. The march-past was last played today then I suppose is the pride

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involved in this parade in putting on the best possible military

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display anywhere in the world. That's absolutely right, Huw. I

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always lake to reflect that what you are seeing today is a

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ceremonial occasion performed the the highest standard by battle-

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hardened soldiers. Looking at them today, pretty much the only part of

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the parade that's changed over the years is the weapons they are

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carrying, the weapons they'll deploy with, of course, on their

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operations. They are carrying the bayonets and they are hugely proud

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of the dual role. You can see the high standards today, reflected

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again in all they do overseas. Since operations began in

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Afghanistan and Iraq, the Household Division troops have deployed on

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multiple occasions and made a vast contribution and the Coldstream

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Guards have continued to distinguish themselves on

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operations both in Iraq, recently in Afghanistan with two tours in

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the last few years and another tour October 2013. The Household Cavalry

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Guards. A real sense of dynamism and energy. The Queen acknowledging

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the Colour at the rear of the Patrick's Day, the Quick march of

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Lieutenant Colonel Robin Sergeant, to take stock. He told us what the

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day meant for him. On one hand, I feel extraordinarily proud to be

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feel extraordinarily proud to be representing the regiment, to be on

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parade with my soldiers. I also feel a degree of trepidation,

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wanting to make sure that the parade is really of the standard

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which is expected by Her Majesty. The message that I give to my

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soldiers on parade is one that I am going to try to adhere to myself,

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which is to enjoy it. What an extraordinary thing to be part of,

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especially this year, in London, in especially this year, in London, in

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front of Her Majesty the Queen. it is quite a thought, Ben, that on

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this very parade ground, later in the summer, there will be a very

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different event taking place. BEN FARRELL: Yes, on Monday I think

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the preparations for the Olympic beach volleyball commence here. I

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understand there will be around 2,500 tons of sand laid, and it

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will transform itself into an take post! Quick march!

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The officers take post in front of the dance again -- in front of the

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cards again. The Colour will be the Mounted Bands. Training the

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horses takes three or four years, they get used to the noise, and the

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weight. And there is quite a strong wind at the moment, and the horses

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are being a little bit tricky to handle.

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CLARE BALDING: Achilles has been playing up a little bit for the

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Life Guards! For the Blues and from last year's Queen's Birthday

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Parade. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery had to miss the

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parade as a precaution because of a suspected outbreak of disease. But

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this is now the 15th time they have been on parade. They have joined by

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a request from the Royal Family. as Commanding Officer of the parade

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for Major Mark Lewis. This march was composed by the Duchess of Kent

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in the 19th century, the mother of Queen Victoria. The lead gun,

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treated as the Colour of the troupe. The same respect paid to it as the

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Colour. These guns first saw service in the First World War.

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Each of the 613lb guns dates back Deverell. Deployed to Afghanistan

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in 2010 as part of the household Slow March of the Life Guards. The

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captain is riding a horse called Connery today. The Life Guards

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originally raised in 1660. Charles II, whilst in exile, selected

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members of a new regiment. And in their distinctive dark tunics, the

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the music, and their ears will prick up as soon as the first few

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Edward, riding Lucy. All of the horses are graded according to

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as they go by. Each gun is pulled by six horses. The three on the

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nearside are ridden, and the three on the far side are held by the

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person known as the glider. The front pair are the leaders, the

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tall, slightly more athletic courses. The centre pair are

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slightly smaller, adding extra draft Powell. The final set of

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forces other wheel courses, acting as the brakes of the team, and they

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usually quite thick-set, able to sitting trot, not the most

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that is their formal salute for Her Majesty. Led away by the Director

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of Music of the Blues & Royals, inwards as a signal to the Field

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Officer that the Household Cavalry moving towards the approach road.

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It's his ferocious attention to detail that's always noticeable at

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these great ceremonial events. So the field officer approaches the

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saluting base and will seek the Queen's permission to march off.

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Your Majesty's guards are ready to guests that we saw earlier have

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been watching from Horse Guards building. They're already on their

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way back to Buckingham Palace for that balcony appearance and the

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troops from Horse Guards Parade on the way back to Buckingham Palace

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where the day will continue for some of the Guardsmen because they

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commentator and Daily Mail writer Robert Hartman. A warm welcome to

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you. What do you make of the parade today? Thank you, Huw. It's great

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continuity here. Today is something of a breather in an extraordinary

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summer for the Queen. This is all very reassure tpwhi familiar. There

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have been many extraordinary sights over the last few weeks but now we

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have today and a week ahead, which is part of an anchor in the Royal

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calendar. The Queen's attended all her birthday parades. Next week, we

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have the gathering of all the Knights at the garter at Windsor,

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that leads to Royal Ascot. These are all events that she knows well

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and loves. Whilst big events, they're somewhat stress-free, shall

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we say, compared to some things we have seen in the last few days and

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weeks. One of the features of this year's Diamond Jubilee, of course,

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has been the prominence of the Queen's grandchildren in the

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official events, not just here in the UK, but throughout the

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Commonwealth. They've been paying their own personal tributes to the

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Queen, they've been sharing their stories and memories with us.

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What the Queen's managed to do is to bring the monarchy into the 21st

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century as best as she can. She's not had a blueprint or anyone

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telling her this is how to do it. She's very much done it her own way

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and, from my own point of view, that's been hugely successful.

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She's timeless. She is this figurehead that is in touch with

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every generation instinctively. world looks to her and follows her,

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the same as we do. We get actually the granny part of her, but she's

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this person that for 60 years has been there for everyone. In wars,

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the terrorism and everything. She's stood there and has taken it all in

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her stride. Regardless of the time of day, wherever she turns up,

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she's still full of life, smiling, able go into a room and bring the

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room to life. She shouldn't be doing these thingss at her time of

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leaf, but yet she carries on doing them all around the world.

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balance she seems to get with her public role and private role being

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a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she's figured that

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balance out effectively. She's a good person to lead the family. She

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does it from the front and we all have massive respect for her and

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love her to bits. She doesn't care for celebrity and

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she really minds about having privacy in general. It's a very

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tricky line to draw between private and public and duty and I think

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she's carved her own way completely. My grandmother is the Queen. It's

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the Queen first then grandmother. In public, you know, that is your

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job, your public figure, that is the way that you behave and act and

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carry yourself out. She does that imMacratly. Behind closed door,

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she'll always be my grandmother. Obviously there are times when

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she's the Queen and she'll put her foot down, you know, during the

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Games if she's losing, she'll pull out the Queen card. Pulling out the

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Queen card, as related by Prince Harry. The view and perspective of

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2 grandchildren on the way that the Queen's fulfilled her duties over

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the past 60 years. After this birthday parade today, the glass

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coach returns to Buckingham Palace with the Queen and the Duke of

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Edinburgh. And a moment again to reflect after the voices rbgs

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Robert Hardman on the young Royals and the way they are managing to

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transform perceptions of the Royal Family? Yes, they really come into

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their own during this juebleefplt it's been a very demanding year for

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the Queen and the duck -- Jubilee year. -- the Queen and the Duke.

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Copping out and helping the Queen on key occasions, like today of

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course, but also through the big Jubilee tour. There was the Duchess

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of Cambridge at the Queen's side in Leicester when it was the Royal

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Maundy celebration in Europe. Princess Beatrice was there with

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the Queen. I think we are going to see more of this at these big

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occasions where there's a big Royal turnout. It's nice to fall back on

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three generations. It's that tricky balance, isn't it? How do you

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maintain tradition, underline heritage while modernising too?

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Monarchy is all about tradition and pomp on the surface but it has to

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evolve and remain relevant and accessible. It's a very difficult

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juggling act. It's bun we have the great successes of this reign --

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it's been one of the great successes of this reign. As we saw

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with Prince Harry for example, representing the Queen on her

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Jubilee tour overseas. He can bring a buzz to Royal events, as can the

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which is crucial if you are reaching out

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The scene in Green Park. King's Troop preparing to fire their 41

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gun salute in honour of the Queen's birthday.

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Enormous crowds on the Mall today for this Queen's birthday parade of

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2012, far bigger than we have seen for many years, reflecting all the

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excitement of the Diamond Jubilee. The police, as they always do,

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controlling the flow of the crowd along the Mall and around the Queen

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Victoria memorial on this bright sunny day, allowing them to best --

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the best possible view of the balcony. They want to get close to

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the railings and the balcony itself. In Green Park, the 41-gun salute is

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under way. A ten second interval between each round of fire, all of

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the individual firings counted and marked on leather pads in the

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are the first to arrive. The Prince

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of Wales getting ready to appear on the balcony too, along with Prince

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William, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry,

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the Duke of York, Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York's

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daughters. The four helicopters on the way. The Merlyn, the first of a

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new generation of advanced medium support helicopters for the RAF.

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From RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, we have a puma, battlefield helicopter.

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We have a Sea King, from RAF Valley, Prince William's base, of course.

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We have the Chinook, the familiar shape of that, really the workhorse

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of choice in Afghanistan carrying troops and equipment. They were

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meant to be followed by the Battle of Britain memorial flight, but

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sadly because of some windy conditions,, that's not possible,

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so we will not be seeing the Lancaster, Spitfire or Hurricane.

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But we will be seeing the great Hercules. The Hercules, of course,

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used primarily for moving equipment and personnel. Sebastien Davey is

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the flight Lieutenant today. The multiengine pilot trainers. All of

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it being enjoyed by the Royal Family as they wait for the next

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group of aircraft. It is the VC10 from RAF Brize Norton in

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Oxfordshire, and the two typhoons. The very iedge ail and capable

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combat aircraft -- agile. Now we have the E3D, air controlled and

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battle management platform. Ken Gunnings is the Captain. The

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tornado from vieding vital intelligence on enemy ground

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activity. And this is the Voyager, the RAF's newest aircraft, the

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replacement for the long-serving and sen rabble CV10 and tristars,

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60 metres long, huge wing span of 60 metres, the RAF's biggest ever

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aircraft, a spectacular plane. The excitement for the crowd of seeing

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the streams of red, white and blue in the skies above, the Red Arrows

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birthday parade of 2012 in Diamond acknowledge the applause of the

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crowd. A final thought, Robert Hardman from you and what today has

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meant? It's no coincidence that the Queen is wearing exactly the same

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primrose she wore for the Royal Wedding last year. That was a great

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Highlights of the military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when HM the Queen's Colour of the Coldstream Guards was trooped to mark the monarch's official birthday.


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