Trooping the Colour

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Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 5 min walk
  • Embankment • 6 min walk

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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,285 contributions
Jun 2019
We attended the Colonel's Review of Trooping the Colour, which is the second and final dress rehearsal. This was the reason for our trip! If you like history, the royals, and pageantry you should attend one of the dress rehearsals or the actual Trooping the Colour. Tickets must be purchased in advance to sit in the bleachers, and you must dress for the occasion. They also asked that out of respect to the royals, to wear a hat, so of course I bought a fascinator!

There are numerous regiments and bands, all dressed in their best uniforms. The carriages that would carry the royals on the day were part of the dress rehearsal. The only difference between the dress rehearsal and the actual day is the absence of the royals, however this was reviewed by the Duke of York. We saw some people in the windows of the Horse Guards Building. Speaking to the ladies behind us (Londoners) we were pretty certain that we saw the Duchess of Cambridge, and her children. We also probably saw the Duchess of York and her daughters.

The parade was fabulous and the bands were great. We had an "usher" who let us know when we had to stand and sit. You can buy a program, there are restrictions as to what you can bring in with you, you must go through security, and there are port-o-potties.

It's an amazing experience!
Written March 28, 2020
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Rachel P
Phoenix, AZ6 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We centered our entire London trip around Trooping the Colour in 2019. We got up early to find a spot along The Mall right at the barriers near Horse Guards and stayed put. It was very windy and pollen from the trees was a bit of a problem. Even though we stood for 5 hours, it was not at all boring. There are a lot of preparations going on. Take a camera with a good zoom and you’ll get amazing pics. The carriages and horses carrying the royals move pretty quickly right in front of you. Then exactly one hour later, the royal family and the queen will go back towards the palace. Then they open the gates and you can follow the parade up to Buckingham Palace so you can see them on the balcony. They are only up there for about 5 minutes as they sing God Save The Queen and three cheers for Her Majesty’s birthday. As a huge royal fan, it was the best day of my life and I’m so glad we did it. Also, don’t forget to get one of the programs for £5 - lovely memento of the whole thing.
Written January 26, 2020
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Taylorcat2us
Tallahassee, FL897 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Our trip from USA was planned around this and we arrived early to have good spot near Buckingham Palace. Wonderful marching bands, the Queen and all the royals enjoying the day. Charles, William, Anne were all on horseback this year. It was spectacular.
Written October 10, 2019
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gazalondon2017
Greater London, UK517 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
What makes Britain its best when it rolls out the royal pageant. Grounded so if you want a good view of the royals get their early to get close to the barriers. Bring your own food. Food from the sensors is expensive and long queues.
Written August 6, 2019
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janwoolcock
Essex, UK28 contributions
Jun 2019
Excellent experience. Proud to be British. We were lucky enough to have seats and the view was amazing. The whole day is just amazing and there are not words to describe the experience.
Written July 21, 2019
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ilderv0
Essex, UK147 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went to the second rehearsal reviewed by the Duke of York. A wonderful display of the pageantry of this country and a reason for a Monarchy rather than a Republic!
There was a wonderful friendly, happy atmosphere and the actual ceremony was fantastic.
Written July 13, 2019
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Technical Taff
Muscat, Oman59 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This has got to be one of the best attractions if you visit London.

Get there early, we were there at 10 for the ceremony to start at 11 but it meant we were right next to Buckingham Palace railings so had a brilliant view.

We saw the Grenadier Guards change with the Gurkhas with the Welsh Guards and Gurkha bands.

Watch out for pickpockets who operate in this area ( the police officers there will keep reminding you).

The closest tube station is Green Park. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the tube station across Green Park to Buckingham Palace.

A really great morning out. Check the changing of the guard website to make sure it is happening as it doesn’t happen every day.
Written July 8, 2019
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kdustin
Gettysburg, PA57 contributions
Jun 2019
Highly reccomend this event when it comes around each year. British Pomp and Circumstance at it's best! Many spectators in jacket and tie, not an event for shorts and tee shirts. Will go again next time!
Written July 4, 2019
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520kelvinw
Dunster, UK25 contributions
Jun 2019
Not enough superlative to describe the day, from the soldiers to the cavalrymen and the bandsmen and even the police officers, all made the day specials, plus meeting people from around the globe wanting to see the best of Britain
Written July 2, 2019
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waitec77
Grantham, UK14 contributions
Jun 2019
We got tickets in the ballot after only a couple of years of trying.
If you try in the ballot and get notified you have secured some tickets, pay for and select your seats ASAP.
I thought it was like Wimbledon where you are allocated seats so I held off for a while as I was abroad at the time I was notified (by email). When I eventually paid for my seats, the ones closest to the front had gone and I only had a very limited choice.
That said, we were near the entrance point so it was easy to get out.
You are totally exposed to the elements so at the whim of the weather if it’s cold, wet or sunny.
Some ladies wear hats but a lot don’t although everyone makes an effort so go smart.
There was quite a big queue to get in through security so do get there in plenty of time. We joined the queue to get in around 9.30am which was about right. Make sure you get the right entrance (detailed on your ticket).
You get a good view wherever you sit but I’d go half way up each section so you can get out relatively easily and on an end if you might need the loo (there are not many).
The best bit is at the end. Make sure you walk towards the Mallonce your stand empties. You will be held back by the police but you can then walk up the Mall, past all the crowds held back by the barriers and get first dibs in front of the Palace for the balcony appearance and the fly past. We were right on the front rails.
The whole atmosphere is really great and makes you very proud to be British.
Written June 30, 2019
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