King’s Birthday Parade rehearsals wow crowds in London

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Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd - Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023. MOD News Licence.

Members of the Household Division have taken to Horseguards Parade square for one of many rehearsals for the King’s Birthday Parade.

The rehearsals for this grand parade take place in Central London, with marching bands and Mounted Regiments filling the parade square.

It’s a spectacle to behold, attracting crowds from far and wide who come to witness the precision and skill that goes into each step.

The King’s Birthday is a significant event for the Household Division, and they take it very seriously. It’s an opportunity to showcase their skills and precision in front of thousands of people who come from all over the world.

On this day, the entire division come together to put on a spectacular show that includes everything from marching bands to Horseguards. The parade itself is an awe-inspiring sight, with soldiers and guards dressed immaculately in their ceremonial uniforms.

The Sovereign’s birthday is officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour (King’s Birthday Parade).

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. 2023 will mark His Majesty King Charles III’s first Trooping of the Colour as Sovereign.

Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The King’s official birthday. The parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony

In 2023, this impressive display of pageantry will take place on Saturday 17th June by Regiments of the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with His Majesty The King attending and taking the salute.

His Majesty King Charles III will hold the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiments of Household Division. Each Regiment has a Colonel who is normally either a member of the Royal Family or a senior officer.

There are three newly appointed Colonels within the Foot Guards this year including:

  • Colonel, Grenadier Guards – The Queen Consort
  • Colonel, Welsh Guards – The Prince of Wales
  • Colonel, Irish Guards – The Princess of Wales

There will be no change to the existing Colonelcies of the other Regiments within the Household Division, which will remain as below:

  • Colonel, Blue and Royals – The Princess Royal
  • Colonel, Scots Guards – The Duke of Kent
  • Colonel, Life Guards – Lieutenant General Sir Ed Smyth-Osbourne
  • Colonel, Coldstream Guards – Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall
Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023. MOD News Licence.

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