Trooping The Colour

Saturday 10th June 2023


Purchase seated, wheelchair or standing tickets.

Ticket Prices
Seated £15 Wheelchair £15 Standing £5


Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is identical to Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King, with the exception that some additional mounted officers ride when His Majesty The King is present.

Taking part will be over 1400 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, including 400 musicians from the Massed Bands, all of whom will parade on Horse Guards for the second of two formal Reviews.

Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales also includes 250 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and, for the first time, the 1st Battalion London Guards (the Foot Guards’ Reserve Unit), who will line the processional route along The Mall.

The soldiers will be inspected by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Colonel Welsh Guards.

How to watch

Members of the public can watch from the stands on Horse Guards Parade by applying for tickets.

Alternatively, a limited view can be obtained by standing on The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards (the view may be somewhat obscured by troops in this position) from 9.00am. These public vantage points are indicated on the map with black dotted lines.

The Parade begins at Horse Guards at 10.00am and will finish by 12.25pm.

Tickets and prices

For Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King, seated tickets on Horse Guards Parade are allocated by ballot. This ballot will run from 1st March 2023 to 14th April 2023. Entrants can apply for between 1 and 4 seated tickets. Successful entrants will be informed via email and invited to purchase their tickets from 19th April 2023.

Please note, each wheelchair-accessible ticket includes a space for a wheelchair and a seat for one companion. You will not need to purchase a separate ticket alongside a wheelchair-accessible ticket to allow a companion to attend with the wheelchair user.

Ticket prices are as follows:


Seated: £10
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £10


Seated: £15
Wheelchair (+ 1 companion): £15


Seated: £30
Wheelchair (+1 companion): £30

There is no group purchase of tickets for multiple events. Tickets for each event must be purchased separately.

If you choose to print your tickets, please be careful with them when attending the event for which you have booked as we are not liable for lost or stolen tickets and cannot replace them.

Origins of Trooping the Colour

Regimental flags of the British Army, historically described as ‘Colours', are consecrated and display insignia worn by the soldiers of respective units along with the unit’s Honorary Distinctions, or ‘Battle Honours’. Historically, the primary role of a Regiment's Colour was to provide a rallying point on the battlefield. This was vitally important because, without modern communications, it was all too easy for soldiers to become disoriented and separated from their unit during conflict.

For soldiers to recognise their Regiment's Colour, it was necessary to display them. This was accomplished by young officers marching between the formed-up ranks of soldiers with the Colour held high; this is the origin of the term ‘trooping'. What is today a great ceremonial spectacle began life as a vital wartime parade designed to aid unit recognition before a battle commenced.

The Foot Guards are amongst the oldest Regiments of the British Army and have served as the personal bodyguards of the Sovereign since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 following the English Civil War. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have been performed first during the reign of King Charles II (1660 – 1685). In 1748, it was determined that this parade should mark the official birthday of the Sovereign, becoming an annual event when George III ascended the throne in 1760.

Although His Majesty The King's actual birthday is 14th November, the spectacular ceremony of Trooping the Colour remains the single national celebration of the Sovereign's Official Birthday.

How to get there

Please note that Central London is expected to be extremely busy on Saturday 10th June 2023. We suggest you plan your route in advance and allow plenty of time to travel. For the latest information on how services are operating, use the TfL Go app or visit There are no parking facilities at this event.

Arriving by Train:

The nearest Railway Stations are Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria.

Arriving by Tube:

The nearest Tube Stations are Westminster, Embankment, Charing Cross, St James’s Park and Victoria.

On Arrival in Westminster area:

Depending on which stand you have been allocated, you will need to go through the correct security checkpoint as follows

- Stands A, B, C and Standing North - via The Mall, Horse Guards Road (north) and Admiralty Citadel.
- Stands D, E, F, G, Wheelchair (Stands C, E) and Special Enclosure – via Whitehall and Horse Guards Arch.
- Stands H, I & J - via Downing Street and Treasury Passage (for the Trooping the Colour reviewed by the Major General (3rd June 2023) and Trooping the Colour reviewed by HRH The Prince of Wales (10th June 2023) only). On the day of Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King please use the same directions as given for stands K, L, M, N below.
- Stands K, L, M, N and Standing South - via Birdcage Walk / Great George Street and Horse Guards Road (south) and Churchill War Rooms.

Limited toilet facilities are available please refer to (What to expect) section between stands C & D and G & H.

Please check the map provided on your ticket to view the entrance points for each stand. You must use the entry point specified for your stand. If you try to use an incorrect entry point you will be re-directed to the correct one, which will involve more walking and take more time.

Please arrive in good time (minimum of 50 minutes in advance) to allow for security searches. Children over the age of 2 cannot be admitted without a ticket.

What to wear

This is a formal military parade and those attending are mandated to dress smartly.

Lounge suit or jacket, tie and trousers for gentlemen; equivalent for ladies (no denim, shorts or sandals).

Serving military personnel may wear Ceremonial Day uniform (with medals, without sword or sidearm) or equivalent.


Hats are optional but are recommended for paying the necessary compliments to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the Colour as it passes, as well as giving protection from the elements.

Please also consider bringing a coat as the grandstand is not covered and the weather can change during the course of the Parade.

Umbrellas / parasols are not permitted as they would obstruct the view of others.

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