Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
Whilst The Queen's official birthday is on 21st April, her 'public birthday' is celebrated on the second Saturday in June. (As started in 1748 by King George II whose birthday was in November, but had wanted a sunnier public celebration).
The centrepiece of The Queen's public birthday celebrations is the Trooping the Colour, which is a traditional display of pageantry involving over 1400 officers, 200 horses and over 400 musicians from 10 marching bands who form a procession which follows a route from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.
After the parade, The Queen is taken by carriage to the palace where she is joined by other members of the Royal Family on the balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Airforce.
Events begin from around 10am, with the fly-past at 1pm, and members of the public are welcome to come and watch for free, with the best vantage points being along The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards.
Tickets are also available for the Trooping the Colour rehearsal events: the Major General's Review on 26 May and the Colonel's Review on 2 June. You can also get tickets to the Household Division's military evening pageant Beating Retreat, which takes place in the same location on the Wednesday and Thursday preceding Trooping the Colour (6 and 7 June in 2018).
Buckingham Palace is a 5 minute walk (0.3 miles)
from The Nadler Victoria
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