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    Eight Guards of the Foot Guards, each consisting of 3 Officers and 70 Non-Commissioned Officers and Guardsmen, are formed up across the parade ground. Nos 1 to 5 Guards are on the West side of the parade ground facing Horse Guards Archway, and Nos. 6 to 8 Guards on the North side of the parade ground with their backs to the Old Admiralty Building. The Massed Bands of the Guards Division, together with the Corps of Drums of the Battalions on parade, are formed up in front of the garden wall of No. 10 Downing Street.

    The Queen's Colour of 1st Battalion Scots Guards is posted in front of No.7 Guard (see inside cover).

    When the line has formed the Officers fall in.

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother drives onto Horse Guards Parade and is received with a Royal Salute. Her Majesty drives to Horse Guards Building to watch the parade with other Members of the Royal Family from the window above the centre arch.

    Her Majesty The Queen, attended by the Royal Procession and escorted by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry (see page 10 and 11), arrives at 11a.m. and is received with a Royal Salute.

    Her Majesty, in the uniform of Colones-in-Chief Scots Guards, and accompanied by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and certain senior officers, inspects the Guards and the Sovereign's Escort. The Massed Bands play:

    Slow March: "Auld Scotch Songs"

    Quick March: "Highland Gathering"

    When The Queen has returned to the front of Horse Guards Building the Field Officer gives the command, "Troop", and the Massed Bands and Drums slow march and quick march across the parade ground, playing:

    Slow Troop: "Les Huguenots"

    Quick Troop: "Moray Firth"

    During the Quick Troop one side drummer leaves the Massed bands and marches to the right of the line.

    As soon as the Bands stop playing this drummer beats "Drummer's Call" while the command of No 1 Guard (referred to as the Escort for the Colour) is taken over from the Captain by the Lieutenant. The Escort then marches to the centre of the parade ground and halts facing the Colour. They march to the traditional tune "The British Grenadiers", used by all Regiments at this point of the parade, because the right flank company of every Battalion used to be a grenadier company. The Regimental Sergeant Major, who never carries a drawn sword except on this one occasion, hands over the Colour to the Ensign. When the Escort presents arms to receive the Colour the four Non-Commissioned Officers at the flanks turn outwards and port arms, symbolising the Escort's protection of the Colour.

    The Colour is the trooped down the line of the Guards to the traditional tune "The Grenadiers March". The complicated spin wheel carried out by the Massed Bands, and Drums during this part of the ceremony should be noted. The Escort to the Colour returns to its original position and the Captain resumes command.

    The Guards now form up and march past in Slow and Quick Time. The Colour is brought to the front of the Escort and is lowered in salute as it passes Her Majesty. The marches played by the Massed Bands are as follows:

    "The Duke of York"

    "Garb of Old Gaul" (Slow March Scots Guards)

    "Scipio" (Slow March - Grenadier Guards)

    "Figaro" (Slow March - Coldstream Guards)

    "Sullivan on Parade"


    "Heilan Laddie" (Quick March - Scots Guards)

    "British Grenadiers" (Quick March - Grenadier Guards)

    "Milanollo" (Quick March - Coldstream Guards)

    "Scottish Emblem"

    When the Guards have reformed into their original positions, the Sovereign's Escort walk and trot past to the following tunes:


    "Regimental Slow March of the Life Guards"

    "Regimental Slow March of the Blues and Royals"

    "D'Ye Ken John Peel"

    "The Girl I Left Behind Me"

    "Helston Furry Dance"

    "The Road To The Isles"

    "The Keel Row"

    After the Sovereign's Escort has returned to its position the final Royal Salute is given. The Household Cavalry now leaves Horse Guards Parade and each Guard forms into two divisions in preparation for the march to Buckingham Palace. The leading division consists of the men who will form The Queen's Guards for the day. There is a short pause at this point of the parade until Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who now leaves in her carriage, has passed down The Mall by way of Whitehall and Trafalgar Square ahead of the Household Cavalry.

    The Field Officer reports to Her Majesty The Queen, who places herself at the head of her Guards as they march off, and leads them back to Buckingham Palace. As they leave Horse Guards Parade and March down The Mall, the Massed Bands and Drums Play:

    "Birdcage Walk"

    "Blue Bonnets Over The Border"

    "Flag and Empire"

    "Scarlet and Gold"

    At Buckingham Palace the two detachments of the New Queen's Guard enter the Forecourt and form up opposite the Old Queen's Guard. The remainder of the guards march past The Queen, who takes the salute in the centre gateway. The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and the Sovereign's Escort then rank past Her Majesty, led by the Massed Mounted Bands.

    The Queen turns and rides between the Old and New Queen's Guards into the Palace. The usual daily ceremony of Guard Mounting continues in the Forecourt while the Massed Bands play:



    "Merry England"

    "The Water Music"

    "The Duke of Cambridge"

    If there is a fly-past by the Royal Air Force at 1 p.m. Her Majesty may appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.


    Spectators are asked to stand at the points denoted below by an asterisk when the National Anthem is played or when the Standard or Colour passes in front of them.

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