Beating Retreat (by the Royal Marines) (May 2018)

, Whitehall, Westminster, London51.504644 -0.128126

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Dates & Time:
From 6 PM
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From £10
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Horse Guards is #13 in our London Bucket List

Two weeks before the big Beating Retreat on Horse Guards is another Beating Retreat -- by the Royal Marines.

This one will see the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines performing in honour of their Captain General's birthday -- His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

The evening will be a magnificent pageant of military music, precision drill and colour, involving more than 250 musicians. One of the highlights will be breathtaking 'Drum Display' by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums.

Note: The salute is usually taken by the First Sea Lord on the first day and Prince Philip on the second day, but following Prince Philip's retirement from public life this may not happen.

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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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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Changing the Guard at Horse Guards – Every day – Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but is a lot less crowded and takes place every day

4 O’Clock Parade, or Dismounting Ceremony – Every day – The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 O'Clock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards.

Check out our guide to all the daily parades in London

You’ll find more Royal events this month in our guide to Royal Family events

If you enjoy Horse Guards then you might like to visit Downing Street (you can walk it in less than 3 mins), Parliament Square (you can walk it in 6 mins) and St. James’s Park (you can walk it in 6 mins)

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