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Horse Guards Parade

This wide, flat, grey expanse, site of the Tudor Whitehall Palace tiltyard, is the venue for the famous annual 'Trooping the Colour', the popular colourful military extravaganza in celebration the official birthday of our Sovereign. Held annually in June, in this grand military parade and march-past the Queen's Colour of a battalion of Foot Guards is 'trooped' (carried along the ranks) before the Sovereign. Only one colour can be trooped at a time, and the five Household Regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards take their turn each year.

The Massed Bands of the Household Division also perform a Beating Retreat ceremony on two successive evenings in June.

Around the parade ground can be seen statues of Field Marshals Kitchener, Roberts and Wolseley and also the Guards Memorial, here also is the Household Cavalry Museum.

See Also: Horse Guards, Guards Memorial, The Household Cavalry Museum

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