Treat yourself to 15% off apparel, cases and laptop skins with code FORME15

Three Big Hats: Trooping the Colours. London. UK by DonDavisUK

Currently unavailable for purchase

Available to buy on…

Three Big Hats: Trooping the Colours. London. UK by 

Three Big Hats: in the parade leading up to Horseguards for the Trooping of the Colours to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday.

Camera Nikon D700 with 70-200mm f/2.8 Lense.

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.

Life is so precious and worth recording for posterity.
Imagine your grandchildren or great-great-grandchildren being able to see how you enjoyed life hundreds of years from now? Don can help you record those magical moments for them. Photographer since 1980s.
Specialising in Portraiture, Landscape and Urban Fine Art Photography.

View Full Profile


  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Thanks once again Joy, always appreciate your support my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    very nice shot Don

  • Hey there Tallow, thanks very much for that my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 4 years ago

    another great capture in your series

  • Thanks once again for that lovely comments Di. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Don

  • Thank you very much Richard. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Don.

  • Hi Mariana, thanks so much for that, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenterover 4 years ago

    Nice set of shots Don! I see that you are enjoying your new lens!

  • Hi Geoff, thanks mate. Yes it’s an awesome brute:-) Heavy to carry around all day though… But excellent for distant portraiture and candid work.

    – DonDavisUK

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 4 years ago

    Hats off for this superb image of the Horseguards Don. They stand out perfectly. >Ron<

  • Thank you very much for that Ron, do you think they wore those hats for competition? LOL.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyover 4 years ago

    excellent capture Don…long time ago I used to work in Admitary Building and used to watch this spectical out of the upper windows.

  • WOW! That must have been some view you had of the ceremony Trevor, I’d love that:-) Couldn’t get close to the parade ground on the day, the crowds were just too big and everyone had gotten there very early to grab the best view… Next time I must get a ticket:-) LOL.

    – DonDavisUK

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    superb don simply superb

  • Hi Steve, thanks once again mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Wonderful pomp and ceremony, great pov and details!!!

  • Hi Shaun, the Brits really know how to put on a good show:-) Cheers mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.