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The Queen and Prince Philip: Trooping the Colours, London, Pall Mall, June 2010 by DonDavisUK


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The Queen and Prince Philip: Trooping the Colours, London, Pall Mall, 12th June 2010.

Camera Nikon D700 with 70-200mm Lense.
Some photographers capture the wide views of the whole event, but today I wanted to focus upon the people taking part and get in close to see their faces. In doing so perhaps capture their mood. The 70-200mm gave me the reach I needed and I am blown away by the clarity.

More Pics of the Queen’s Trooping of the Colours Ceremony in London.

The Trooping of the Colour Ceremony
Celebrates the Queen’s Birthday.
Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the Commonwealth and the British Army. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much earlier.

On battlefields, a regiment’s colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the soldiers’ ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments’ colours.

Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign.

It is held in London annually on the second Saturday in June on Horse Guards Parade by St James’s Park, and coincides with the publication of the Sovereign’s Birthday Honours List. People receive knightoods, MBE’s etc….

The colourful ceremony, also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade is broadcast live by the BBC.

The Queen rides down from Buckingham Palace in a Royal Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of Household Cavalry {also known as “Mounted Troops” or “Horse Guards”}. Since 1987, The Queen has attended in a carriage rather than riding, which she did before that on 36 occasions, riding side-saddle and wearing the uniform of the regiment whose Colour was being trooped. The regiments take their turn for this honour in rotation as operational commitments permit.

Over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one. Some 113 words of command are given by the Officer in Command of the Parade. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.
She inspects her troops of the Household Division, including both Foot Guards and Horse Guards.

The King’s Troop are also in attendance. Each year, one of the Foot Guards regiments is selected to troop their colour through the ranks of guards. Then the entire assembly of Household Division conducts a March Past around the Parade past the Queen, who receives their salute from the Saluting Base. (The Mounted Troops perform a Walk March and a Trot Past, and the King’s Troops ride by with their guns, which are their colour.)

The music is provided by the Massed Bands of the Foot Guards and the Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry, together with a Corps of Drums and occasionally Scottish pipers. They number in total approximately 400 musicians, pipers, and drummers.

On return to Buckingham Palace, the Queen watches a further march past from outside the gates. Following a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop in Green Park, she leads the Royal Family onto the palace balcony for a Royal Air Force flypast.

More Pics of the Queen’s Trooping of the Colours Ceremony in London.


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  • neilbrown
    neilbrownover 4 years ago

    Bit preoccupied.

    Wondering if she should have a fish finger sandwich for tea tonight??


  • Hi Neil, cheers mate. I hope so, I just love Fish Finger Sarnys… LOL.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful closeup shot you’ve taken, Don!

  • Thanks very much for that Pat, she’s a wee darlin…

    – DonDavisUK

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago


  • Thank once again Robin, you are a STAR… Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    This is just wonderful shot Don, such clarity and sharpness love the light on them.

  • Hey there Karen, thanks so much for the kind words, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Wow, great shot, I love that it is with her just off center. I wander what they are thinking. Wonderful capture Don

  • Thank you very much. I’ll be it was; “Here we go again Phil”… LOL

    – DonDavisUK

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, Don!

  • Thanks once again Marie. Much appreciated. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...over 4 years ago

    Great Capture. I wonder if she is thinking that she maybe means tested so that she can stay in her exclusive council house called Buckingham Castle

  • I don’t know about that, but she’s also got Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Holyrood and Buckingham Palaces too. She a woman of means….

    – DonDavisUK

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot and a fave for me. Really well captured Don. Did you try and sell her a print whilst you were there?

  • Ahhhh I should have printed some RedBubble Business Cards… Knew I’d forgotten something that day:-) LOL.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Lisa Williams
    Lisa Williamsover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Don! She does look a tad preoccupied doesn’t she!

  • Perhaps she was worried about how long to leave the goose in the oven? LOL.

    – DonDavisUK

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago

    wow, what a great capture

  • Thanks very much for that Luda. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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