The Trooping the Colors 2016 celebration will mark another event to officially commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. Some of the details for the annual event such as its schedule and what fans may expect to see has been shared in the report.
The said event, also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, has been a part of the royal family’s annual celebrations for several centuries. It is used to officially celebrate the sovereign’s birthday and takes place on a Saturday in June, according to The Household Division. For this year, the event will happen on June 11.
The Trooping the Colors event also allows the Queen to inspect her personal troops. The parade features more than 1,400 officers and men, along with 200 horses and 10 bands with over 400 musicians. The Queen’s Birthday Parade will start from the Buckingham Palace along The Mall towards the Horse Guards Parade behind Whitehall and then head back again to the Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II will travel the parade route on a carriage, along with other members of the royal family. After the parade, the Queen and the royal family would proceed to the Buckingham Palace balcony to witness the Royal Air Force’s fly-past show.
Tickets for the seated stands around the Horse Guards Parade are usually allocated through a ballot system. Royal fans or members of the public interested to see the Trooping the Colors are required to write an application letter where a maximum of three tickets can be applied. Each ticket reportedly costs 30 pounds (around $43). However, the application period is only open from January until February, as indicated in the same report.
Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte may make her Buckingham Palace balcony debut in the upcoming Trooping the Colors 2016. Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are said to be planning to bring the royal princess, along with brother Prince George.
The upcoming Queen’s Birthday Parade will be broadcast live in U.K.’s the BBC channel on June 11. The event will start at around 10 a.m.