Armed Forces launch Platinum Jubilee weekend with Queen’s Birthday Parade

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Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd Copyright: Crown copyright

More than 1,400 soldiers and 250 horses from the British Army’s Household Division are taking part in the Trooping of the Colour in front of 7,500 ticketed spectators on Horse Guards Parade and another 7,000 at the Queen Victoria Memorial in London today (Thursday 2nd June 2022).

The Queen’s Birthday Parade is the epitome of ceremonial precision and pageantry but this year it has a special resonance because it marks the Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of loyal service to Her Majesty The Queen.

Swords, medals, buttons and breast plates will shine while horses and soldiers carry out complex battlefield drill manoeuvres to a spectacular, specially composed programme of music.

Photographer: Cpl Simon Lucas – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

This year the honour to Troop their Colour falls to the Irish Guards and every detail has been designed to delight and impress.

The 1st Battalion Irish Guards received their New Colours from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on 17th May.

It is these New Colours which are centre stage for the Platinum Jubilee Trooping of the Colour Parade.

UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd

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