The queen’s real birthday is on the 21st of April, but the official celebration is always held during summer. And this has become a tradition since the 17th century.The event is always organized in a saturday during June.
The ceremony consists of an attractive parade of her Majesty’s personal troops and guards. With their distinguishable uniform, unique gestures, and attractive posture, more than 1400 officers are part of the parade with over 200 horses. Both foot guards and horse guards will be perfectly organized.
The event includes also more than 400 musicians, playing on the same rhythm accompanied by the drums.
The Queen arriveس in a carriage to the Packingham Palace. After the Salute, her Majesty returns to the palace and watch the Royal Air Force flypast from the balcony with her royal family.
The event is open for public for free but in order to stay in a strategic place you should apply for a ticket for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade. You need to apply for in writing during January or February. After that, tickets will be given by ballot.
If you didn’t succeed to get a ticket you are advised to stand on The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards.
The places where you can get the best views are indicated on the map below with black dotted lines.
Major General’s Review (1st rehearsal): Sat 28 May 2016
Colonel’s Review (2nd rehearsal) : Sat 4 June 2016