A first-time visitors guide to this month’s Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour is an annual London mainstay, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to engage in a long-running British tradition which has roots stretching back through centuries of the city’s history. If you’ve never been before, then you’re in for a treat this June. Here’s all you need to know before your debut…

What is Trooping the Colour?

In the UK and around the Commonwealth, the British Monarch has two birthdays – her real one, celebrated in private – and her official birthday. The event exists to help showcase the talent and majesty of the British Guards regiment of the British military, as well as providing some well-needed pomp and ceremony during the summer months.

While the tradition is associated with the 17th century most of all, its history actually goes far further back than that, all the way to the Middle Ages.

Today, the event includes a Royal procession, a military demonstration, and an appearance by the key senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, accompanied by an air display from the Royal Air Force. During your stay at the San Domenico, you’ll be well placed to catch all the action as it unfolds.

Facts about Trooping the Colour

During this year’s Trooping the Colour, the Queen will leave Buckingham Palace in her carriage, and travel along the Mall to greet some 1400 soldiers and 200 horses who will be on display at the event. She will then inspect the guards in keeping with tradition, and as the event is rehearsed carefully on 1st June 2019, a week before the final display, everything should go according to plan!

Music will be played to accompany – performed by the Household Division band. There will then follow the annual ‘march past’, where the guards walk and ride past the crowds in a display of tradition and ceremony.

Key royal figures who will be there alongside the Queen include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, so if you’re a royal fan staying at the San Domenico, then this is a great way to see the royals in person.

How do I attend?

As a public event, there’s no need to book tickets to get close to the action – visitors simply line the streets along the Mall. However, as it’s such a popular tradition, you might want to ensure you get here early in order to secure a spot, particularly if getting a good view is a major priority. Royal enthusiasts have been known to camp out overnight beforehand – though there’s no need to do that while staying at 5 star hotels in Chelsea, as you are close enough to reach Buckingham Palace by tube.

When is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour will take place on the morning of Saturday 8th June 2019. If there’s no room to see it in person, the event is also broadcast live on British television.