Thursday, 15 March 2012
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations have begun. The Queen (with Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cambridge) started her tour of the UK last week and Prince Harry has just completed his first Official Tour which took in the Caribbean and Brazil. Other members of the Royal Family will be undertaking various tours on behalf of Her Majesty.
In June, as well as the major celebrations there is also Trooping the Colour which celebrates the Monarch's Official Birthday. This year it will be on June 16th and I'm sure that it will be even more fantastic than ever. It is London's most spectacular display of Pomp and Circumstance. [My article about it has fantastic photos by Harald Joergens - www.haraldjoergens.com.]
Seats for this spectacular are already sold out but there will be Reviews on the two previous Saturdays. For information log on to www.trooping-the-colour.co.uk. In the evenings of 13/14 June there will be Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade. Music will be by the Massed Bands of the Guards Regiments with guest appearance of tenor, Wynne Evans and it will finish with fireworks. The web site for this is www.guardsbeatingretreat.com.
If you want to feel a part of Trooping the Colour, then you need to be in The Mall to watch Her Majesty and the soldiers pass by. To make sure of a good space you will probably need to be there very early in the morning - or overnight!
Later in the summer Buckingham Palace opens to the public. This year's exhibition is all about Diamonds with some of Her Majesty's jewellery on display. Wherever you are in the UK there is bound to be a related exhibition or event.
Top tip: Book early for both Buckingham Palace and Clarence House (home of the Prince of Wales).
For details about Buckingham Palace and Clarence House go to www.royal.gov.uk
I have some articles on theTravelEditor.com about Trooping the Colour, Diamond Jubilee Exhibitions, Buckingham Palace (2), Clarence House and other palaces and castles.