Each June, the Queen and other members of the British Royal Family attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade to honour the Queen’s Birthday by way of a regimental parade.
This takes place in Whitehall where the Queen attends the ceremony and takes the salute from thousands of guardsmen who parade the Colour (their regiment’s flag). These Super Troupers are followed by probably some of the most recognisable of all soldiers – The Blues and the Royals (the Household Cavalry) all of whom are resplendent in shining armour – the glare from both these and the spit and polished Guardsmen, dazzling their audience reflecting the sunlight shining down on them as if they are carrying high power torches.
It is only the Foot Guards of the Household Division that take part in the Queen’s Birthday Parade – this year the colour is being presented by the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. The exception being the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The Kings Troop parade round with the Household Cavalry after the Foot Guards have trooped the Colour in both quick and slow time.
So I’m sure that with all the attention and for all the right reasons just like for her Diamond Jubilee the Queen will feel like the ‘Number One’.
ABBA summed it up perfectly….
“Super Trouper lights are gonna find me, Shining like the sun, Smiling, having fun, Feeling like a number one”