Trooping the Colour review (Jun 2011)
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I went to Trooping The Colour today and stood down the Mall again. It was pretty good, not as good as the wedding but it was still worth going to, I've never been before. I thought it was starting at 10 so i stood there about 9 and it was still pretty empty.
Then came the red tunic guys who marched down the road and lined the street. The cops were just slouching around in 2s and 3s not minding too much were they were positioned, but these soldiers were pacing out their places to the centimetre. Legs spread 10 inches apart, no more no less. Then their sergeant boss came marching down barking out orders and picking bits of hair off their hats. They were probably the new boys. That is new boy duty -- lining the street with the policeman and getting shouted at by the sergeant. Then a few bands came down playing military tunes, with drums and guns and bagpipes. Then a few cars with the lowly Royals who couldn't be bothered to walk. Then some more bands. Then a regimental dog, then the troops on horses. Jeez, those horses must have been twenty feet tall. Then there was a big cheer further up the Mall which could only mean one thing... no, not the Queen, but Prince William and Kate. Everyone goes nuts when they turn up. Kate was in the carriage with Harry and Camilla and one more who i think was Prince Andrew. Then everyone goes "there's Prince William" and I couldn't see him at all. It was only when he disappeared down the road that I found out he was on horseback with Princess Anne and his dad. I thought he was just one of the troops.
Then the Queen came past in a carraige with Prince Philip who was all done up in his military uniform, complete with the 2-foot tall big black bearskin on his head. It must have weighed a tonne, the poor fella. He was 90 the other day, I'm surprised he didn't pass out. Then they all disappeared round the bend to Horse Guards Parade.
I thought that was it but my two old women buddies said I should stay put for the return trip one hour later. I thought I wasn't going to make it, but I toughed it out, and I survived another hour of standing up. I should have got a medal like all the soldiers. When the queen came past on the return journey I think she waved at me to acknowledge my bravery.
And that was it, then I went home. I found out later that they all went out on the palace balcony to say hello, but I missed that bit. And there was a flypast too, I missed that as well. My two old lady buddies didn't tell me about that!
Craig – Want to know more about Trooping the Colour? I went to next year's event as well, and you can read about that one here.
Here are some more parades…
|Military events in June|
|Military events in July|
|Military events in August|