What to Do in London this June!

Valentina Furegato
The Queen's Birthday Parade also known as Trooping the Colour, Horse Guards Parade, London, June 2013.

More than a thousand soldiers and horses from the Household Division paraded in front of their Colonel in Chief, Her Majesty The Queen, 15th June 2013, with the immaculate precision, colour and pageantry that marks them as truly World Class.   

Later as the last shot of a 41 gun Royal Salute was fired from The Green Park to mark The Queen's Official Birthday, the skies roared with an impressive fly past from the RAF featuring 32 aircraft of 13 different types.

The centuries old tradition of Trooping The Colour has been held on Horse Guards Parade to honour the Sovereign's Birthday almost annually since 1805.  Each year the Five Foot Guards Regiments take it in turns to Troop their Colour in front of the Sovereign.  Colour is the name given to regimental flags of the British Army, and were used as rallying points as long ago as the Kings of Babylon.  

In the Middle Ages, each Lord or Baron flew his banner as a sign by which his followers could distinguish him in battle. Colours were last carried into action by the 58th Foot in South Africa in 1881.  Up to that time they participated in all the varying fortunes of their Regiment; were often torn by enemy fire and acquired an almost religious significance.  

Even today, uncased Colours are invariably carried by an officer and accompanied by an armed escort.

This year, the Colour being trooped in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, was that of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.  The Welsh Guards have recently returned from operational service in Afghanistan where they worked as part of the Afghan Police Advisory Team assisting the country to achieve self governance. The Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bossi, Welsh Guards, commanded the Parade.

With summer approaching, London comes to life. Here is a list of the top activities and events in the city this June!

Trooping the Colour – 11 June 2016

The official celebration for the Queen’s nineteenth birthday is going to be full of military pomp! The ceremony opens with the her Majesty’s inspection of the troops in the Household Division. She will then lead them to Buckingham Palace and salute them in Green Park and at the Tower of London, where guns will be fired. Don’t miss out this unique event!

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Taste of London Festival – from 15 to 19 June 2016

Regent’s Park hosts its annual food festival in mid June, with world-class chefs from London restaurants cooking for you! Taste signature dishes from MRouxClub GasconSushisamba, Vanilla BlackRokaBubbledogs and many more. You can also see chefs in action, attend amazing master classes and learn more about food in dedicated themed areas.

Opening of the new Tate Modern – 17 June 2016

The new Tate Modern building is finally opening! Designed by the famous Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the new ten-storey giant http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/new-tate-modern/building will be a significant addition to the existing museum, providing 60% more display space for a greater variety of artwork and contemporary artists’ exhibitions. The new building features a roof terrace with spectacular view of the London skyline, a restaurant, members’ room and three new floors of galleries. Get ready to explore!

Pride in London – 25 June 2016

Join the biggest annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT +) in town! The Pride in London parade begins at 1 pm in Baker Street and ends in Whitehall, following a route in the heart of the city via Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Performers, musicians, dancers and community groups will showcase as more than 15.000 spectators are expected!

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ – from 7 June 2016

Officially confirmed as the eighth Harry Potter adventure, Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ http://www.harrypottertheplay.com/ is going to be the biggest theatre event this June. The play stages the adventures of a middle-aged Harry and his son Albus as he starts life at Hogwarts. Presented in two parts, it is meant to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Let the magic begin!

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Wimbledon Lawns Tennis Championships – from 27 June to 10 July 2016

The world’s longest-running and most prestigious tennis tournament is on at the end of the month. Attracting around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide, Wimbledon is simply the unmissable summer event. Don’t despair if you didn’t buy tickets in advance, several thousand ground admission tickets are also available each day. Fancy a more relaxed tennis experience? Revel in a guided Wimbledon tour!