Trooping the Colour 2013

I will be in London the day of the trooping the Colour. Does anyone have any advice on where best to see it? I know there is a procession along The Mall, but is there a best spot to view it? Thanks for any help!

Posted by Robin Z
Troy, Oh, USA
1634 posts

Along The Mall, but you would have to get there hours around 7am or before in order to get a spot to be able to see. If you are in the area the following Monday the 17th, I would plan to go out to Windsor Castle for the Garter Ceremony. You can write to The Superintendent, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ and request a ticket or email: garterday.info@royal.gsx.gov.uk. I had our tickets sent to our hotel and they were there waiting for us. My daughter and I went a few years ago, was fantatic, you would have to line up about two hours before it starts, then about an hour before they will let you in, we were on the grass right across from St. George's Chapel. The Queen and the other members of the company then assemble in St George's Hall, marshalled by one of the heralds, before walking through the upper, middle and lower wards of the castle to St George's Chapel. All wear the Garter's traditional flowing blue velvet robes, hoods of red velvet worn over the right shoulder, and black velvet hats with white feathers. A fanfare of trumpets announces the arrival on foot of the main procession, led by the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and the Military Knights of Windsor. Bands of the Household Division play as the procession passes dismounted squadrons of the Household Cavalry, lining the route in their scarlet ceremonial uniforms. The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348.
We were only 2 feet away from The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Royal and everyone else. It was fantastic experience.

Posted by Erika
Richmond, TX
33 posts

Thanks for the reply Robin. I figured we would need to get there early. I would love to go to Windsor, but unfortunately we leave on the 16th. Even if I don't get to see the Queen, it will still be wonderful to be a part of the crowd!

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
683 posts

I have never been, and so am happy to be corrected by Robin. But is it really necessary to be on the Mall by 7am? That is hours before the Queen heads out and then another long wait, out of sight of the parade itself, before Her Majesty comes back to Buckingham Palace and a further wait until the balcony appearance. I am a monarchist by principle and a great admirer of our current Queen in particular, but I find that sort of wait pretty lengthy. Could you not come later to see the march back? PS The garter ceremony is something I envy you for seeing, not least because the garter knights themselves are such admirable people.

Posted by Robin Z
Troy, Oh, USA
1634 posts

The Queen leaves at 10:40am travels down The Mall from Buckingham Palace in a royal procession with a sovereign's escort of Household Cavalry (mounted troops or horse guards). After receiving a royal salute, she inspects her troops of the Household Division, both foot guards and horse guards, and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. After the Queen is finished with the ceremony she will travel back to Buckingham Palace and will be on the balcony. If you want to be in front and able to see then it's a must to get there early 7-7:30am to get your place, later you will be 4 or more back from front and might be able to get a glimpse. So it's totally up to you on the time you want to get there, depending on how well you want to see will determine the time you want to get there.

Posted by Erika
Richmond, TX
33 posts

Thanks again for all the replies. I guess I'll have to see if my niece wants to get up that early. Me? No question! Not sure when I'll be back in London with the chance to at least get a glimpse of the Queen!

Posted by Phil
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Usa
1 posts

Having been in the household cavalry and done the parade several times the best spot is probably on the opposite corner to admiralty arch just before Horse Guards parade at White hall , best be there early though. natively try to get on the steps opposite higher view point.
It is a great parade and no one parades better than the guards regiments, founded in the 1600s they are Trudy the best in the world. And an example of what make the British empire great. Especially the Blues and Royals With blue uniform and red plume, best Cavalry Regiment in existence. ( ever)

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8756 posts

So, Phil, no loyalty to the Regiment then?