In 2016, we
celebrate the occasion of The Queen’s 90th Birthday with a set of
stamps depicting Her Majesty on her official birthday. The photographs have been taken during the
last five years at the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which marks Her Majesty’s
official birthday in June. Our stamps
also include an image taken on the day The Queen became Britain’s Longest
In 2016, as The Queen marks the occasion of her 90th
Birthday, a series of events are planned for her official birthday. On Friday 10 June, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral will take place,
followed by Trooping the Colour on Saturday 11 June and culminating in The
Patron’s Lunch as the celebratory finale on Sunday 12 June.
During the Trooping the Colour ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal
salute and carries out an inspection of the troops. Trooping the Colour is carried out by fully
trained and operational troops from the Household Division, consisting of Foot
Guards and Household Cavalry, on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, which is
also watched by invited guests and members of the public.
After the massed bands have performed a musical 'troop', the escorted
Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.
The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty; The
King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.
The Queen rides in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of
her Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace from a dais (platform). Since the reign of Edward VII, the Sovereign has taken
the salute in person at Trooping the Colour. The troops then return to
Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace
balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force, which traditionally follows
Trooping the Colour.
With the exception of 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the
event, The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour every year of her reign.