Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's Trooping the Colour in the U.K.

Today is Trooping the Color day in the U.K., otherwise known as the Queen's Birthday (which is actually in April, but celebrated today for some reason). It is the closest day that the United Kingdom has to a national holiday, and I cover those here.The day is also a national holiday in Australia and most of the other countries (there are 16) in which the Queen is also the Monarch.

The Queen will review troops in a carriage (she no longer rides on horseback. The entire Royal Family will gather on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony after, wave at the crowds, and they see a flyover like the one below from last year.

They will play the national anthem of the United Kingdom all throughout the day. And to honor this tradition, here is Dame Julie Andrews singing God Save the King at age 12 after a royal command performance in 1948. Queen Elizabeth's father King George the VI was alive in 1948, so King instead of Queen was used.

1 comment:

  1. Benjamin GlendaleJune 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    The fact that the Queen has two birthdays (real and official) goes back to Edward VII (according to the BBC on this morning's TV coverage!). His birthday was in November so he decided to celebrate it in June when the weather was better so that the troops didn't get wet and the whole thing was a wash out! The tradition continues to this day.


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