Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by the British infantry regiments since the 17th century. It takes place at the Horse Guards Parade ground off Whitehall every year to celebrate the official birthday of the Sovereign. 

And this year I had an invite, thanks to my friend in the Household Cavalry. He also was in the parade so I wasn’t going to say no to seeing him in action.

It was the perfect day to be in Whitehall – sunny skies, glorious weather and good company.

Trooping The Colour

Trooping the Colour

We also had amazing seats thanks to our friend. 

Trooping the Colour

I was so glad we had Tess to keep us company, she very patiently explained what was happening on the ground. Perks of being in a relationship with an army man eh? 🙂

Trooping the Colour

Watching these 1400 officers and men on parade together with 200 hundred horses and 400 musicians all acting as one unit, really is spectacular.

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Trooping The Colour

Trooping the Colour

I am still trying to figure out how they march in one straight line – it really is a sight to see!

Trooping The Colour

We were quite lucky and even spotted our friend looking regal on his horse escorting the Major General.

Trooping The Colour

We took a few snaps after the ceremony and headed out to Fulham to celebrate. It was the Queen’s birthday after all!

Trooping The Colour

Trooping The Colour

It was time to bring out the Pimm’s! Our friends had booked us a table at The Rose in Fulham which has a stunning garden in the back. Again thank you!

Trooping The Colour

Trooping The Colour

Trooping The Colour

Doesn’t Tess look stunning?

I don’t know if I have put on paper the story of how I started blogging. So Tess and I were having a very tipsy conversation on NYE about how we have always wanted to start a blog but never got around to doing it. She convinced me that night that I should start my blog and talked me into doing it. That party at Tess’s flat was my first blog post (read it here) and I have never looked back since. She writes an absolutely amazing blog called Life, Lately which features some of the best photography skills I have ever seen – go check it out, I promise that you won’t regret it!

Trooping The Colour

We needed some food to go with all those glasses jugs of Pimm’s. So I was glad that the Rose did food – freshly made in the BBQ outside in the garden too!

Trooping The Colour

All that Pimm’s really must have got us hungry because we didn’t let Holly enjoy her cheese board either with all of us dipping in! Poor Holly.

Trooping The Colour

Do you know what happens when you leave your camera on the table while you pop out to get a few drinks?

Apparently this….

Trooping The Colour

This….

Trooping The Colour

And this!

Trooping The Colour

I also had another 30 of these beautiful selfies on my camera! Thanks guys!

I decided this was probably a sign to switch off my camera and pack it away as we continued drinking….errrm celebrating the Queen’s birthday.

Trooping The Colour

Happy Birthday to the Queen. We loved it!