The Grenadier Guards were Trooping the Colour for 2014 and here are some pics:-
|The day before - we went to suss out the venue! It was really hot.|
|Super flags adorned The Mall.|
|As well as Admiralty Arch.|
|On the day we asked this lovely |
Grenadier Guard Sergeant about
his fabulous row of medals! He was
very happy to explain them all to us.
|One of the more senior officers |
of the Welsh Guards with
buzby hat and another impressive
row of medals.
|The bands arrived first and played |
some great music!
|4 bands attended in total - you can see 2 here.|
|Then the foot guards arrived. Quite a sight |
in their bright tunics.
|Forming one of the many line ups.|
|The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrived |
behind us and took up position on the grass
verges opposite the parade ground. Later
they would go off to Hyde Park to perform the
Gun Salute which is quite a spectacle in itself
as I reported on in 2012 here.
|The Officer in charge do the whole event |
can be seen here on his grey horse.
|First royals to arrive were the |
Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla,
the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate
and Prince Harry.
|Here you can see a bit closer - sorry the pics |
are not very sharp as I have blown them up
so they have pixilated a bit.
|Next the Countess of Wessex, Sophie, |
the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward
and the Duke of York, Andrew.
|You can just make them out.|
|And lastly Princess Alexandra and |
the Duke of Kent (her brother)
|Princess Alexandra and |
the Duke of Kent.
|A closer look at Prince Harry.|
|A closer look at Prince Edward |
and Prince Andrew.
|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II arrives |
with the Duke of Edinburgh.
|And takes the stand at the top |
of the parade ground.
|Her Majesty commences her inspection |
of the Guard alone.
|Here looking rather serious. Apparently she has a very keen eye for detail and can spot anything that is not quite right a mile off!|
|Right in front of us we could see The Queen, |
with left to right - Prince Charles, Prince William
and Princess Anne behind her saluting the
Household Cavalry Guards who were to the
left out of shot.
|The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.|
|The Princess Royal, Princess Anne |
(dressed like a man LOL!)
|The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.|
|Some more of the proceedings.|
|Here the Household Cavalry set off on |
their turn of the Parade Ground
|Passing by Her Majesty to salute her.|
|All back in place after their turn around the ground.|
|Then Her Majesty and the Duke prepare to leave.|
|Another Parade for another year over, |
Happy Birthday ma'am!