Horse Guards Parade (see Interactive Panorama), London,
13th June 2009
Her Majesty was present at The Queen's Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade this morning at which The Queen's Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards was trooped.
The Queen was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh (Colonel, Grenadier Guards), The Duke of Kent (Colonel, Scots Guards), The Prince of Wales (Colonel, Welsh Guards) and The Princess Royal (Gold Stick in Waiting and Colonel, The Blues and Royals, Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons).
Her Majesty was attended by General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank (Gold Stick and Colonel, The Life Guards), General Sir Michael Rose (Colonel, Coldstream Guards) and Major General William Cubitt (Major General Commanding Household Division).
The Lord Vestey (Master of the Horse), Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ford, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Matheson of Matheson, younger, Major Simon Robinson (Mounted Equerries in Waiting), Captain Dominic Clive (Coldstream Guards, Dismounted Equerry in Waiting) and Colonel Toby Browne (The Blues and Royals, Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons, Silver Stick in Waiting) were in attendance.
Colonel Stuart Cowen (Chief of Staff), Lieutenant Colonel Shamus Olivier (Silver Stick Adjutant) and the Household Division Staff were present.
The procession was led by Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bagshaw, Coldstream Guards (Brigade Major Household Division).
The Troops on Parade, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Farrell, Irish Guards (Field Officer in Brigade Waiting), received The Queen with a Royal Salute.
The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William of Wales, Prince Henry of Wales, The Earl and Countess of Wessex The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duchess of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and other Members of the Royal Family drove to Horse Guards Parade and witnessed The Queen's Birthday Parade.
On the conclusion of the Parade, Her Majesty drove in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of The Queen's Guard, preceded by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, under the command of Major Neil Cross, the Massed Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry, the Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, under the command of Major Thomas Armitage, The Life Guards, and the Massed Bands of the Guards Division.
On arrival at Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Guard entered the Forecourt and formed up opposite the Old Guard, the remaining Guards marching past Her Majesty. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery marched past The Queen and the Household Cavalry ranked past Her Majesty.
Her Majesty, from Buckingham Palace, witnessed a fly-past by aircraft of the Royal Air Force, led by Squadron Leader Michael Sutton, to mark the official celebration of The Queen's Birthday. Royal Salutes were fired today by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park and from the Tower of London Saluting Battery by the Honourable Artillery Company, under the command of Major Christian Bobjerg-Jensen.
END Official Court Circular
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