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London 2 days - Trooping of the Colours or not

My 16 year old son and I will be in London for 2 1/2 days. One of those days is the Trooping of the Colours. Is this worth trying to see and missing a few other things. Or should we avoid that area like the plague on that day. We are doing Harry Potter studios the Thursday we arrive; Tower of London & the Globe theater show on Friday; I had planned on doing Westminster/Buckingham Palace/Tralgar Square & National Gallery on Saturday but that is when the Trooping parade is. Any advice on this would be helpful.

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Assuming you are asking for this year, you won't have tickets for seats. So that means finding a place overlooking Horse Guards from Horse Guards Rd or along the Mall early in the morning to see them parade between Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards. Should be finished before 1 pm. So how badly do you want to see the parade? I'm not sure Buckingham Palace would be open to visitors on that day.

But you could do all the rest, by starting with the National Gallery (opens at 10) and Trafalger Square in the late morning. Then after lunch walking down Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament and Westmonster Abbey and on to Buckingham Palace. Or just wait until after lunch.

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All I’m going to say is no one does Pomp and Circumstance like the Brits. Look at youtube videos.

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I am rather surprised, because the teenage told me that he wanted to go. Thank you.

Posted by
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There’s usually a fly past at 1 pm, after the King and entourage return to the Palace. The planes come right along the Strand, directly over Trafalgar Sq and then along the Mall to the Palace. Worth ducking outside for? That said it’s over quite quickly.

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I am rather surprised, because the teenage told me that he wanted to go

The ceremony is so completely different - and there is also the opportunity to see members of the Royal Family too. My grandchildren (12 and 14) were in London a couple of weeks ago and regularly ended up along the Mall to watch the Guardsmen marching to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the Guards. It was the highlight of their holiday . I've been given strict instructions to record the Torooping of the Colour so they can watch it later.

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Thanks very much for this inquiry! I had never heard of this event, and I am glad to know when and where it will be so I can plan to be elsewhere. (Not a criticism of the event at all, but avoidance of crowds etc.)