Trooping the Colour 2017 is one of Britain’s finest traditions and once again members of North Harrow Lodge accompanied by partners and guests had the pleasure of attending this year’s spectacle.
The event held on the 10th June was The Queen’s Birthday parade , ‘Colonel’s Review’ which is the final dress rehearsal before the main Parade next week where the Queen takes the salute. This year Prince William, Colonel of The Irish Guards had the honour of presiding for the first time in uniform riding his horse Wellesley.
We were very fortunate to have been blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the ceremony where the Colour being trooped was presented to 1st Battalion Irish Guards by Her Majesty The Queen in 2009. Music was played by 400 musicians of the Massed Bands, Drums and Pipes of the Household Division, supported by The Household Cavalry, King’s Troop Royal Artillery, reinforced by Guardsmen from all five Foot Guards Regiments, 6 groups in all numbering 426 men and 200 horses.
Amid high security, more than 6,000 spectators watched the event in Horse Guards Parade. The streets are lined with crowds waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
After the Parade, all 17 of us went off to a nearby restaurant for a lunch and refreshments ably booked by our Assistant Secretary completing another brilliant end to another successful social event for North Harrow Lodge.