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Trooping the Colour Parade

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All the colour and spectacle of ceremony and military history was well and truly celebrated at the recent Trooping the Colour to recognise the Queen’s official birthday.

Trooping of the Colour

The Queen has two birthdays every year. Her actual birthday is on 21 April, and her official birthday is recognised on a Saturday in June when the weather is a little better to accommodate the monarch’s celebrations.

Trooping the Colour

 

Trooping the Colour

It was my first time at an event like this and I was lucky enough to get a good vantage point as we watched the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh being escorted down the Mall in a horse-drawn carriage followed by other members of the Royal Family.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge

The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended with their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended with their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn

I was in the company of other photographers as this was part of a workshop that I was attending with this group.

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

A great deal of preparation goes into the tightly choreographed spectacle. This includes mounted military bands and guardsmen wearing traditional colourful bearskin hats and scarlet tunics. The Queen’s parade sees well over 1000 soldiers and horses before she appears with her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. This is then followed by an RAF flypast.

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

The Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace .

The Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

I watched along with thousands of other spectators but had to arrive super early to get a good view.

I’ve put together a selection of some other images from the day and hope you enjoy! 😊

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Peace and love,

 

 

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

— Robert Frank

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

11 thoughts on “Trooping the Colour Parade

  1. really good shots shows! x

    Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:14:00 +0000
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  2. Oh wow, what an amazing experience to be there for the celebrations! Lovely images!

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  3. Excellent striking photography – well captured.

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  4. Getting a picture of the Queen seems like a pretty big deal. Outstanding series, Sola! As a sidenote, I find the third-image-from-the-bottom reassuring somehow- that the phenomenon of uncool iPad picture-takers crosses cultural and national boundaries, haha! When my siblings and I got our mother her first iPad, we didn’t realize she would specialize in embarrassing us in a variety of public spaces while bumping into things to get just the right angle in her glare-obscured screen.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by Jason and such kind words. It really was a special moment and I’m so glad I decided to go. You’re definitely right, people taking pictures with iPad’s is the ‘thing’ to do these days! Two thumbs up to your mother for trying to capture as many moments as she can (even if it may seem embarrassing at the time) 😉

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  5. Wonderful series Sola, especially like the image of the girl leaning out of the crowd, (pic #4) and your last picture is a wonderful portrait.

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