After the formal procession of the 2011 Trooping the Colour event reached Horse Guard Parade, a traditional and functioning parade ground in central London, the Queen took the salute and the colors were proudly displayed. Lieutenant Tom Ogilvy of Stirling was the one to carry the banner; The Mirror reported he’d been in the Scots Guards for two years.
Queen inspects Scots Guards, watches marching at 2011 Trooping the Colour
Then followed a display of precision marching, marching bands and military maneuvers, a traditional and well-loved part of the whole. Royals, including some overwhelmed-looking younger children, leaned over to see the proceedings from the balcony, but the Queen remained down on the parade ground for the inspection. Families of the troops were also present, many in elegant dress, carrying the tradition of this event being a social season highlight.
But perhaps the most beloved part of the entire event is after the Queen returns to the balcony, and the gates of Buckingham Palace are opened to the crowds. This year, both the Royals and the crowds came out in droves.
When the Queen and Prince Philip joined their extended family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, it was a cue for the public to flood into the forecourt. In an echo of the same on Royal Wedding day, thousands of well-wishers came to be rewarded by an unusually large number of British Royals.
Over 30 members of the British Royal Family on the balcony at 2011 Trooping the Colour
There appear to have been nearly 40 British Royals on the balcony at Trooping the Colour 2011. This list will be updated as details are confirmed:
- Immediate family: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie, Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor
- Cousins: Duke of Kent, Duchess of Kent; Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; Princess Alexandra.
- Other Royals: Lady Helen Taylor, Mr. Timothy Taylor and their children, Columbus, Cassius, Eloise and Estella; the Earl and Countess of St. Andrews with their children, Marina and Amalia; Julia Oglivy with her children Alexander and Flora; Arthur and Daniel Chatto; Viscountess Linley and Lady Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones; Lady Rose Gilman.
This list is not entirely confirmed.
See the accompanying slideshow for images, then compare to last year’s images. It’s likely that there were so many this year because of the Duke of Edinburgh’s official birthday party tomorrow night.
British Royals watch 20-plane fly past to celebrate Queen’s official birthday
The Royals watched as a 20-plane fly past take place. The air show included vintage fighters, including a Lancaster, a Spitfire and a Hurricane. Other aircraft included a Chinook and two Puma helicopters Tornadoes and Typhoons. There was also a display from the Red Arrows display team.
Judging from the balcony shots, some of the younger members of the group found the proceedings a little loud. At one point the Royals looked as though they were sharing a joke, with the Duchess of Cambridge covering her mouth to apparently hide giggles.
There were cheers, waves, and then the 2011 Trooping the Colour ceremony was over. Next year’s event will take place on June 16.
Sources and further reading:
- British Monarchy website
- The Royal Forums
- The Mirror (1)
- The Mirror (2)
- The Telegraph
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