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Trooping the Colour – what’s meant by ‘the colour’?

This year’s Trooping the Colour takes place on 11th June. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is held annually in celebration of the Sovereign’s birthday (hence it’s also known as ‘The Queen’s Birthday Parade’). But what are the origins and what is meant by ‘the colour’?

It dates back to the regimental flags of the British Army, which were historically described as ‘colours’ as they displayed the uniform colours worn by the soldiers of the different units. A regiment’s colours were vital on the battlefield, providing a rallying point for the troops, where it was easy to become separated.

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