The Guards will Troop their Colours in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on 12th June 2021. Taking part will be up to 1450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with up to 400 musicians from the Massed Bands. Over 240 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards will line The Mall.
The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have been first performed during the reign of King Charles II (1660–1685). In 1748 it was decided that this parade would be used to mark the official birthday of The Sovereign. It became an annual event after George III became King in 1760. Guards taking part are drawn from the Regiments of The Sovereign’s Household Troops. It has become the practice for them to troop their Colours in turn.
Her Majesty The Queen has taken the salute at every parade since her accession to the throne in 1952 other than in 1955 when there was a national rail strike. Her Majesty‘s actual birthday is 21st April. The Sovereign’s official birthday is marked by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, which this year falls on the 13th June 2020.
HOW TO WATCH
Members of the public can watch from the stands on Horse Guards Parade by applying for tickets through the ballot.
Alternatively, a limited view can be obtained by standing on The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards (the view may be somewhat obscured by troops in this position) from 9.00am. These public vantage points are indicated on the map with black dotted lines.
The Parade begins at Horse Guards at 10.00am and will finish by 12.25pm. On the day of The Queen’s Birthday Parade (13th June), the fly-past by the Royal Air Force takes place at 1.00pm and can be watched from the Mall.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade is also broadcast live on the BBC in the UK on 13th June 2020.
TICKETS AND PRICES
Trooping the Colour reviewed by The Major General and Trooping the Colour reviewed by HRH The Prince of Wales have a restriction on the number of tickets purchased to no more than 100 per application; if a group requires more, please contact us. Wheelchair tickets are limited to a maximum of 2 per booking. Each wheelchair ticket includes a space for a wheelchair and a seat for one companion.
For Trooping the Colour reviewed by HM The Queen tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade are allocated by ballot. Up to a maximum of 4 tickets can be applied for. Do not enter the ballot more than once. Successful ballots will be notified by 19th March 2021. Unfortunately, if you are not successful in the ballot you will not receive an email.
Ticket prices are as follows:
TROOPING THE COLOUR REVIEWED BY MAJOR GENERAL C J GHIKA
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £5
TROOPING THE COLOUR REVIEWED BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £10
TROOPING THE COLOUR REVIEWED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £40
There is no group purchase of tickets for multiple events. Tickets for each event must be purchased separately.
Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable (unless the Parade is cancelled or rescheduled) so please check your tickets carefully on receipt and contact customer service immediately if you have any queries.