In London, on Saturday (3 June) as temperatures soared into the eighties in brilliant sunshine, huge crowds turned out to watch the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, the ceremony marking Queen Elizabeth's official birthday.
In London, on Saturday (3 June) as temperatures soared into the eighties in brilliant sunshine, huge crowds turned out to watch the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, the ceremony marking Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. This year it came on the day the Royal Family celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Coronation on June the 2nd 1953.
SYNOPSIS: The Queen Mother took advantage of the warm weather and rode in an open carriage, accompanied by Princess Margaret, making her first public appearance since her divorce from Lord Snowdon.
The Queen left Buckingham Palace for Horse Guard's Parade, flanked by Prince Philip and Prince Charles, and mounted, as usual, on Burmese. Although there was not the excitement of the Silver Jubilee this year, vast crowds packed the roadside to see the Royal Party, who had celebrated, the day before, the 25th anniversary of the Coronation in 1953. The weather could not have been better for the occasion as the capital basked in a June heatwave.
There was a hush as the massed mounted band of the Household Cavalry under its director, Captain Keeling, played the national anthem, and the Queen took the salute.
The colour being trooped this year was that of the Second Battalion, the Grenadier Guards. The Queen, in the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief, the Grenadier Guards, watched as the Colour's Scout marched to the traditional tune The British Grenadiers, and the Colour was handed over to the Ensign by the Regimental Sergeant Major.
The Guards marched past in the slow time, bearing the Colours.
Then, the Colour was lowered in salute as it passed the Queen, and she returned the salute. It was a moment of solemnity.
After the Guards had re-formed into their original position, the Sovereign's escort, men of the Household Cavalry, the Blues and the Lifeguards, walked and trotted past in salute.
Then, after the final salute, the ceremony was nearly over, and all that remained was the journey back to Buckingham Palace. The Household Cavalry were first to leave, followed by the Guards.
On Friday evening (2 June) there had been a celebration of a less formal kind. The Royal Family enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display to mark the anniversary of the Coronation. Huge crowds gathered in St. James's Park as the night skies were illuminated by the giant display.