Trooping the Colour

June 2023

Five lucky cadets got to go to King Charles III’s first Trooping of the Colour on Saturday the 17th of June. Trooping of the Colour is the Kings public birthday celebrations and this year various youth groups were invited to go and watch the parade.

The day started bright and early at 5am over at Union Park in West Bromwich. The drive was only 2 hours and it soon went by as it was filled with introductions and eventful stories of our experiences as a cadet.

After the car journey we got on the tube into London.

Before 9am we checked into the youth enclosure, then we walked down it with a squad of police cadets surrounding us. The enclosure was extremely spacious, I was glad that we weren’t pushed up against the railing blocking off the road with the public. The youth enclosure had a wide range of youth groups from Boy’s Brigade to the Sea Cadets.

Just after 10 am the parade started first with three lots of marching musical soldiers who were just fantastic. Imagine how difficult it must be to marching in time with about 40 other people whilst reading music and playing an instrument!

After the soldier’s the Royal family came past with King Charles, The Prince of Wales, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback with Queen Camilla, The Princess of Wales and her three children riding in a carriage.

Once the ceremony was over the Royal family and soldiers all went back down the Mall and into Buckingham Palace. All the youth groups including St John Ambulance were let out of the youth enclosure and we got to walk down the mall after the Royals but before the public. The feeling was so surreal, there were people clapping and cheering on either side of the streets as we walked. Once we had walked down to Buckingham Palace, we were kept away from the public by Police officers who were brilliant at their job and we all felt safe even though it was very busy.

The fly over lasted for about 10 minutes and the planes were brilliant! A variety of aircraft just kept coming from down the mall and then flying over Buckingham Palace with the Royals on the balcony.

It was an amazing day that we will all remember forever.

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