The Sovereign’s birthday is officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour on a Saturday in June. Although The Queen was born on 21 April, it has long been the tradition to celebrate the Sovereign’s birthday publicly on a day in the summer, when good weather is more likely.
Trooping the Colour is carried out by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.
BFPS in partnership with the Household Division have produced a commemorative cover to mark the Trooping The Colour at this year’s HM The Queen’s Birthday Parade.
The covers will each include a 1st Class stamp entitled “The King’s Troop Ceremonial Horses” cancelled by the BFPS 3172 special handstamp depicting the cypher of the Grenadier Guards.
The main image shows the Queen’s Colour of the 2nd Battalion, which is being carried by Nijmegen Company. Along the bottom of this image are the cap badges of those units that are taking part in the parade. These are The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Life Guards, The Blues and Royals, Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards, Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Coldstream Guards. To the bottom right of the image is shown the badge of the Household Division.
Included will be an A4 insert sheet with information about “Trooping The Colour 2014” and also a brief history of the Grenadier Guards. The insert and covers will be presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the event.