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RMC to troop colour for Queen's Birthday

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The most picturesque of all military ceremonies, the Trooping of the

Colour, will be performed at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, next Saturday

to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

. The Administrator of the Commonwealth, Sir Roden Cutler, a World War

II Victoria Cross winner, will be the reviewing officer.

Four hundred cadets training at the college will be on parade. . .

The history of the ceremony can be traced back to the 16th century

■ in England. .

In that period each company's Colour — a memorial flag epitomising the

spirit of the unit — was lodged in the ensign's quarters each night for safe


The Colour was escorted by troops and the brief and simple ceremony

was called "Lodging the Colour." The music played during the ceremony was called

a "troop."

As the ceremony developed in complexity and dignity, the word "troop"

gradually replaced the word "lodge" and the whole procedure became known as

"Trooping the Colour."

In the 18th century it became part of guard mounting parades and was

performed by the Brigade of Guards when it shared guard duties on the Sovereign's

birthday. '

Today's custom of Trooping the Colour on the Sovereign.:'s .birthday

developed from these two traditions.

This year's performance will have additional significance — it will

take place as the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations get under way in the United

Kingdom. ^ ■ .

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. All seats for the ceremony are booked, but members of the public

who have missed out are invited to attend the final rehearsal at 3 pm on Thursday.

Memo Chiefs of Staff/Pictorial Editors ' ·

Special seats have been reserved for Press representatives. Your

representatives are requested to be in place by 10 a.m. No tickets are required.

But coloured stickers are required to get access to the Press car park close to the

parade ground. . -

Would you please advise Maj Cornish before 3p.m. on Thursday if you .

need stickers. ,

Further enquiries: 65 2999

47 0851

Major Bob Cornish (office hours)

(after hours)