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


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


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


Diamond Jubilee Medal, as the troops of the Household Division


present their own birthday tribute The custom of honouring the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


British forces sustaining more losses in Afghanistan and in recent


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


operations there. Thousands of people are watching in the stands


around Horse Guards Parade. Those invited include ambassadors and


diplomats, including senior military figures and government


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


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


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


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


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


more familiar to everyone watching after the Diamond Jubilee events of


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


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


details were being checked at Wellington Barracks, where we can


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


preparations have been going. Coldstream Guards have had a very


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


much work has gone into it! main thought initially with


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


hands are in the right position, maybe occasionally raising your


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


personal tropes of Her Majesty the Queen. The first battalion


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


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


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


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


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


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


Company, Grenadier Guards. The company has also been providing


support to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards serving in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sentries to the colour. Those are Guardsman Gareth Etherington and


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


Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Lieutenant Colonel Robin Sergeant,


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


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


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


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


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


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


Queen is always a huge privilege, something we take extremely


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Queen would be something overwhelming. It is not something


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


1976 birthday Parade. Having heard his memories and seen the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


perfect opportunity to show the qualities needed to be the ideal


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hugo Codrington comes across as being a very accomplished young


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


year we are really looking forward to taking part.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


development for us this year because the Queen and the Duke


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


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


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


Royal weddings, including the wedding of the young Princess


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


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


birthday last Sunday. He missed some of the Jubilee celebrations


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


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


the first carriages approach Horse Guards Parade. The Duchess of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


national anthem to signal their Prince Harry salutes the colour,


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


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


Jubilee medal and Afghanistan Both sides of the Mall decked in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Royal horse guards. They have distinctive red plumes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chelsea Pensioners represented by ten in-pensioners today with a


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


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


On to the parade ground itself, Mark Hargreaves preparing to


produce his distinctive salute of The Royal colonel saluting as they


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


songs. An arrangement of traditional songs asofrb associated


with the West Country where the Coldstream Guards have music


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


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


said about the very deep and meaningful relationship between


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


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


of the Seven regiments of the Household Division, the five


regiments of Foot Guards and the two regiments of the Household


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


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


perhaps even stronger these days when we witness three generations


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


of the Household Division and not forgetting both her grandsons are


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


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


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


parade today is Major General George Norton, commanding the


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


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


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


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


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


commanding officer. Successful ceremonial calls for teamwork,


attention to detail, discipline and all of these qualities translate


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


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


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


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


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


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American flavour have been included at the personal request of Major


General George Norton, recognising the work done together by British


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


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


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,


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


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


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


role has become increasingly sophisticated over many years.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


I ever pecksed to be doing. doubting the Coldstream credentials


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


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


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


reflecting that these parades have very practical origins and formerly


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


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


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


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


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


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


highly decorated, including the accumulated service medal which


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


too? -- indeed in other services too.


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


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


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


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


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


which requires a lot of concentration and confidence and is


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old Coldstream slow marches the colour, a moment then to


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


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


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


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


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


this year when the Coldstream Guards have been involved in so


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


everyone on parade without exception and for their friends and


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


earlier. I'm with Susan Baines whose son


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


really special today to see him actually doing something like this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


involved in this parade in putting on the best possible military


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


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


ceremonial occasion performed the the highest standard by battle-


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


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


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


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


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


again in all they do overseas. Since operations began in


Afghanistan and Iraq, the Household Division troops have deployed on


multiple occasions and made a vast contribution and the Coldstream


Guards have continued to distinguish themselves on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the preparations for the Olympic beach volleyball commence here. I


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!


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


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


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


are being a little bit tricky to handle.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


tall, slightly more athletic courses. The centre pair are


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


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


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


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


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.


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


these great ceremonial events. So the field officer approaches the


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


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


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


way back to Buckingham Palace for that balcony appearance and the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Maundy celebration in Europe. Princess Beatrice was there with


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


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


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


maintain tradition, underline heritage while modernising too?


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


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


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


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


with Prince Harry for example, representing the Queen on her


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


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


gun salute in honour of the Queen's birthday.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the individual firings counted and marked on leather pads in the


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


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


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


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


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


new generation of advanced medium support helicopters for the RAF.


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


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


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


of choice in Afghanistan carrying troops and equipment. They were


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


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


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


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


used primarily for moving equipment and personnel. Sebastien Davey is


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


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


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


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


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


battle management platform. Ken Gunnings is the Captain. The


tornado from vieding vital intelligence on enemy ground


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


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


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


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


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


birthday parade of 2012 in Diamond acknowledge the applause of the


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


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


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


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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