Beating Retreat, on Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London 51.504644 -0.128126
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"Beating Retreat" is a pageant of military music and drill on Horse Guards Parade -- a magnificent example of the kind of pomp and pageantry that London does so well. It always takes place in the week before Trooping the Colour.

The ceremony dates back to the late 17th-century, when the beating of drums and lowering of flags signalled to the troops that the camp gates were about to close. These days it is a military concert full of marching bands, and signals the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

It will be performed by the Massed Bands of the Household Division (drawn from the two Household Cavalry Regiments and the five Foot Guards Regiments).

The evening will end with a salute to the Queen (or another high-ranking member of the Royal Family), and a fireworks display.

If you enjoy this kind of event, then you might like to look at our guide to parades in London, and our other military events.

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