Saturday 5 June 2010

Long Live the long Weekend

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Birthday lurve goes to the corgi loving

Queen Elizabeth II.

On June 5 she celebrated her 84th birthday

with the lavish annual Trooping of the Colour.

Corgis sing Happy Birthday

Trooping the Colour

Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday is celebrated in Britain & Australia on the second Saturday of June each year. Whilst she was born on 21 April, 1926, this official birthday is referred to as “the Trooping of the Color” (the Queen’s Birthday Parade).

The ceremony dates back to the 17th century, though the origins of this tradition go back hundreds of years beyond that too. It’s a military tradition and is linked to the fact that different regiments have different colours, flags or insignias to differentiate them from each other. When going in to battle the flag or colours would be paraded, or trooped, around the soldiers so that they could see and recognise the colour of their regiment and know where to go when in battle. After the battle was fought the colours would be trooped around again to show the soldiers that the regiment was still intact.

Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also been used to celebrate the Official Birthday of the King or Queen of Great Britain. This day in June was chosen back then as it was hoped it would be a nice summer day that all the people could enjoy!

The Trooping the Colour and Queen’s Birthday is marked with drums, military music and 1,400 military personnel in full regalia, and 200 horses together with several members of the Royal Family in a procession from Buckingham Palace to cheers and waving Union Jacks.


 

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