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|In May 2004, we received an
opportunity to attend a rehearsal for the Queen's Birthday Parade, also
called trooping the colours. We attended the "Major General's Review"
which was a full dress rehearsal with everything except the royalty.
It was on Horseguards Parade near St. James.
|The first part of the band entering the parade field. (258 kb)||The band entered the middle and then turned
towards our viewing stand. (260 kb)
|The second part of the band also entered the middle and turned towards us. You can see the first part of the band on the left. (267 kb)|
|The second part positioned themselves directly in front of us. (230 kb)||The third (and last) part of the band formed up to the right of the other two parts. (296 kb)||Once the band was formed, the remainder of
the troops formed up around the parade field. You can see the line of
troops in the background. (186 kb)
|The King's Troop (Royal Horse Artillery)
formed up behind the foot soldiers. (292kb)
|The coaches for the royal party enter up the middle.. (253 kb)||After allowing the royal coaches to pass, the troops reform. (293 kb)|
|The band marches out into the middle of the parade field. (166 kb)||The 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards special
escort for the colours. (247 kb)
|Soldiers from each of the five Foot Guard regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh - march in the parade. (241 kb)|
|A guards officer(200 kb)||Some of the Foot Guard soldiers. (247 kb)||The foot soldiers passing the royal party
|Foot Guards officers for another unit. (206 kb)||
More Foot Guards. (256kb)
|A horse mounted band (from the Household Cavalry) came out to perform. (235kb)||The mounted band doing a wheel maneuver (in
the background). (271kb)
|The King's Troop (Royal Horse Artillery) then started parading. (242kb)|
|Three officers followed by their trumpeters. (287kb)||You can just see the cannons. (214kb)
|Officers and colors of the "Blues and Royals" of the Household Cavalry Regiment. (214kb)|
|Troopers of the "Blues and Royals". (212kb)||The "Lifeguards" of the Household Cavalry
Regiment. Notice the red jackets as opposed to the blue jackets of the
previous photo. (200kb)
|The mounted band marches away before the foot band. (249kb)|