Friday, 4 June 2010

Today in London History: June 4th 1805

Here's David, reading aloud once more from the London Walks Big Fascinating Diary of London Events

"Happy Birthday Trooping the Colour! It's 1805. June 4th, 1805. And a wonderful new planet has just swum into Londoners' ken. (That's ken, not Ken!) The first ever Trooping the Colour ceremony. Held, of course, in Horse Guards Parade. And look, if you get a chance, the Horse Guards Museum is well worth a visit. You can meet some of the horses and soldiers! Let alone learn some amazing stuff. E.G., why are the horses always black? Why are there "chain" reins? Why do they polish, polish, polish - and what happens to "the top four" and "the bottom four"? It's good, gripping stuff – a perfect way to round off a great walk (the obvious choices being the Duke of Edinburgh Review of Trooping the Colour on Saturday, June 5 at 10.30 am from Green Park Tube, the Green Park exit; or the Trooping the Colour Walk on Saturday 12 June at 10.00 am from exit 2 of Hyde Park Corner Tube; or, for that matter, Karen’s Old Westminster walk on any Saturday morning)."

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