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The Tooping the Colour is also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, however it is not Her Majesty's actual birthday (which is 21st April), but her official birthday. This year it will take place on Saturday, 13th June.
Trooping the Colour is a military tradition that dates back to the early eighteenth century. Originally it was all about helping soldiers to recognise their own standard in the chaos of battle. Now it's an opportunity for some seriously impressive marching manoeuvres and an excellent opportunity for royalty spotting. You can watch along the Mall or from the edge of St James’s Park for free. But you need to arrive well before events begin at 10am to be far enough forward to get a good view.
After the parade, the royals head back to Buckingham Palace for balcony photo op and there’s usually a fly-past at 1pm to wind things up. #TroopingTheColour #Queen #RoyalFamily #RCHexperience