Friday, 12 June 2015

Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade

This Saturday we celebrate the Queen's official birthday with the traditional ceremony of 'Trooping the Colour'. The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to Charles II in the 17th century when the colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point during battles and were trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment. 

In London, the first record of The Sovereign's Birthday being lodged by the Grenadier Guards is in 1748 and again in 1760 after George III became King, as it was ordered that parades should mark the King's Birthday. From the accession of George IV it became an annual event with the exception of the two World Wars. 

Photo taken by The Telegraph

This impressive display of pageantry is now held on the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday. It takes place in June each year to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out by her personal troops - the Household Division - on Horse Guards Parade and the Queen herself attends and takes the salute.

To celebrate, at Alfies we offer a large and varied collection of beautiful antiques and gifts fit for a 'right Royal knees-up'!

It is said that the Queen is fond of blue. This beautiful vintage diamond and
sapphire cluster ring offered by Pars Jewellery would make an excellent gift.

A lovely collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco silver scent bottles.
Offered by Hayman & Hayman.

The Royals have always been avid horse riders. These Victorian cufflinks
with a horse motifs offered by Tony Durante would be perfect for an English gentleman.

A collection of Coronation tin including a rare tin box with a portrait of
the Royal Family. Offered by Paola & Iaia -Of The Originals.

A wonderful 1940s propaganda scarf in machine edge rayon depicting the three services (Army, Air
Force, & Navy) on the quarter with a union flag in the centre. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables.

A beautiful complete 1893 fruit set Sheffield silver plate set with pearl handles by
Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin. Offered by Goldsmith & Perris.

For details of the ceremony taking place Saturday 13th June visit:

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