Beating Retreat, on Horse Guards Parade

Address:
Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
5th to 6th June 2019
8 PM
Tickets & Cost:
See www.householddivision.org.uk for more information

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'Beating Retreat' is an annual pageant of military music and marches on Horse Guards Parade. It's 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 battlefield troops that the camp gates were about to close. These days it's more of a military concert with marching bands, and includes the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

This year's pageant will be performed by the Massed Bands of the Household Division (which is drawn from the two Household Cavalry Regiments and the five Foot Guards Regiments).

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

Horse Guards is quite a small seating area, and tickets are hard to come by. So if you want to attend Beating Retreat make sure you buy a ticket in plenty of time.

If you enjoy the pomp and pageantry of Beating Retreat, then check out our guide to parades in London, and all of the other military events taking place in London.

 

Talk about Beating Retreat

Craig’s review of Horse Guards – “When people talk about Horse Guards they usually think of the gravel parade ground where the military bands do Beating Retreat, but the best part is actually the small courtyard that faces onto Whitehall. That's where you'll find all the horses and foot soldiers. Everyone loves a horse. Especially when it's got a soldier on top. If you put a soldier with a shiny swor… continued”

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Check out our guide to all the daily parades in London

You’ll find more Royal events on the 5th June and 6th June in our guide to Royal Family events

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