The Colonel’s Review, at Horse Guards

Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London 51.504644 -0.128126
Dates & Time:
The parade begins at 10 AM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch if you stand on The Mall
Tickets for seats in Horse Guards are allocated by ballot in March. You need to apply in writing during January or February, and then pay a £10 fee if successful. See for more details
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Trooping the Colour is one of the great set-pieces of the British calendar. But did you know that they hold a second rehearsal one week before, called The Colonel's Review? (A first rehearsal, called The Major's Review, is held two weeks before).

It still involves the foot soldiers, marching bands and horses, but misses out the Queen and the RAF flypast. The upside is that it's far less crowded than the real thing, and you will have much more space to see the soldiers. This means that you might prefer it if you've got little kids in tow.

Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall will be standing in for the Queen and taking the salute this year.

Note: You can watch the soldiers marching down The Mall and up to Horse Guards for free, but you will need a ticket to sit inside Horse Guards itself. Due to the huge demand you will have to enter a ballot to win one. Applications need to be made in January or February only, and the ballot will be drawn in March. You will then have to pay a £10 fee if successful. See for more details about how to apply.

If you enjoy military parades, then you might like to check out our page of parades and ceremonies, and other military events in London.

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