Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade Free

Trooping the Colour on The Mall
Watch troops from the Household Division honour the Queen's official birthday with a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London for two centuries. Read More


Experience a traditional ceremony full of military pomp and pageantry, with Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade.

Marking the Queen's official birthday, this annual event features hundreds of officers, horses and musicians from the Household Division in ceremonial uniform

The Queen herself attends the ceremony. She is first escorted in a carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade. There, she carries out an inspection of her troops, before leading her guards in a parade back to Buckingham Palace. Once at the palace, the Queen takes the salute, and guns are fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London. Finally she joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly-past.

Events begin around 10am and the RAF fly-past takes place at 1pm.

History of Trooping the Colour

After existing in various forms since the 17th century, the Trooping the Colour ceremony has been held every year in London to mark the sovereign's official birthday since the accession of King George IV in 1820, except during the world wars and a national strike in 1955.

Although the sovereign's official birthday is celebrated in June, Queen Elizabeth II's actual birthday is on 21 April. Monarchs are traditionally given a second birthday if they were not born in the summer, in case the British weather is unsuitable for an outdoor event!

Tickets for the Trooping the Colour Ceremony

In previous years, tickets for the seated stands on Horse Guards Parade were available to the public via a ballot. A change in the application process is planned for 2018 which will be outlined on the Household Division's website once confirmed.

Where to Watch Trooping the Colour

If you do not have tickets for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade, you can join the crowds of spectators on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade or along The Mall for the parade.

Alternatively, tickets are available for the rehearsal events held on the two Saturdays before Trooping the Colour: the Major General's Review on 26 May and the Colonel's Review on 2 June. You can also get tickets to the Household Division's military evening pageant Beating Retreat, which takes place in the same location on the Wednesday and Thursday preceding Trooping the Colour (6 and 7 June in 2018).


Prices and Opening Times

Tickets: £35.00 (USD46.17) per ticket

The 2018 application process for seated tickets will be outlined on the Household Division's website once confirmed.

You can also watch some of the event for free by standing along The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade from 9am.

Opening Times:

Events start around 10am.

Venue Details & Map

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