Trooping the Color Route Map: When and where to watch the King’s Birthday Parade
The monarch’s first official birthday as sovereign will be celebrated on Saturday 17 June but when does it start and where is the best place to watch? Read on to find out
King Charles III is preparing to celebrate his first official birthday as sovereign with a traditional ceremony in honor of the armed forces.
When King was born in November, he continued the long-standing tradition of Trooping the Color.
The event first started in 1748 and now involves 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians in a display of military precision to honor His Majesty the King.
The streets will be packed with supporters on Saturday 17 June, so here’s a guide to when to go and where to stand if you want to get a good look at the royals.
A map of where Trooping the Color will be held on Saturday June 17, 2023
The King presented the new Sovereign’s Standard to the Blues and Royals at Buckingham Palace, with the Regiment providing the Sovereign’s escort at Trooping the Colour.
King Charles III joins Princess Anne during the ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 15
Charles will appear on horseback for royal tradition – the first time a monarch has ridden in the iconic parade for more than 30 years
What is the Trooping the Color route?
The event starts at 10:00am and lasts until around 1pm, the route is as follows: The King will ride from Buckingham Palace to The Mall on horseback with an escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. When the bell of the Horse Guards strikes, King Charles III will arrive to receive a royal salute from the officers and men of the Household Division. After the salute, the king would ride up and down, inspecting the troops. Bands will perform. A musical ‘troop’ and the regimental color are carried up and down the ranks of the guards. The Foot Guards and Household Cavalry then marched past Her Majesty, The King’s Troop and the Royal Horse Artillery with their guns. The King will return to Buckingham. The palace is in front of its guards before the soldiers salute on their way to their barracks. The King joined other royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a Royal Air Force flypast. At approximately 1 p.m.
Best place to watch Trooping the Color
Image: Horse Guards parade in London on June 10, 2023 ahead of the King’s Birthday Parade
For those who couldn’t get tickets to Trooping the Color, you’ll be able to watch from the sidelines.
With the day’s events starting at 10am, members of the public wishing to watch are advised to stand on the edge of The Mall or St James’s Park, overlooking the horse guards.
Royalists should try to get there at 9:00am or earlier to get the best spots, but can still find a decent spot around 11pm.
Don’t forget to wait until 12pm and you can see the various members of the royal family passing by in their carriages.
Once on The Mall, you should try to find the three-quarters of the way around the barricade, which will be opened after crossing the King.
Enjoy the event and wait until the police open the barricades to walk into the palace.
Walk to Buckingham Palace and aim to get there before 1pm, if the air show starts before you get there you might be able to see it.
But if you still want to catch a glimpse of the royals on the balcony, hurry to catch them because they may be moving in soon.
However, as this is His Majesty King Charles’s first Trooping the Colour, they may be on the porch a bit longer.
Where else can I watch Trooping the Color?
Those living outside London can enjoy the show on TV and live streaming.
Trooping the Color is broadcast annually by the BBC, with live coverage of the entire event available for free online streaming on BBC1 or via iPlayer.
The event has extensive TV and online coverage in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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