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The Sovereign's birthday is officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. This impressive display of pageantry takes place on a Saturday in June by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with Her Majesty the Queen herself attending and taking the salute. Over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one. Some 113 words of command are given by the Officer in Command of the Parade. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.
Trooping the Colour (The Queen's Parade) will take place on 17 June 2017. The Colonel's Review will be held on 10 June 2017.
Applications for the 2017 ballot have now closed.
Please check back in early 2018 for information on the 2018 application and ballot process.
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Reminder: Due to the limited number of invitations or tickets available, you can only apply for one Royal Event.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place on Saturday 17 June 2017.
The Colonel’s Review will be held on 10 June 2017. This event is a full dress rehearsal.
For more information, see the official website of the British Monarchy.
Due to the high demand and security requirements, we are required to undertake a rigorous application process. A ballot system is used and results are final.
We strongly advise that you read the eligibility and application criteria very carefully before submitting your application. If your application is deemed incorrect or incomplete it will not be taken into consideration.
There will be changes to the mode of payment accepted this year. More information will be provided to successful applicants.
The primary applicant must be an Australian citizen currently residing in Australia or visiting the UK on a temporary basis (tourist or temporary work visa).
To be considered complete, your application must be submitted online. You will be asked to provide your Australian passport details in the form. You will be asked to show your passport when you collect your tickets at the Australian High Commission.
- Married couples and de facto partners should use the same form.
- Tickets are limited to four per family.
- This can include a spouse/partner or children under the age of twenty-six. All children must hold a ticket.
- Successful candidates will be notified by email.
- Applications received outside the dates above will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be asked to pay the following:
1. The Queen’s Birthday Parade Tickets: £35 per person
2. The Colonel’s Review Tickets: £10 per person
Successful applicants will be asked to pay online. Cheques and International Money Transfers will not be accepted this year. More information will be provided to successful applicants.
Gentlemen: Lounge suit or jacket and trousers or Service Dress.
Women: A day dress or Service Dress.
Please note: Jeans or denim and training shoes are not permitted.
The tickets must be collected from the reception of the Australian High Commission in London in the week immediately prior to the event. Exact hours will be advised in due course. You will be required to show proof of identity of all applicants in order to collect your tickets. The primary applicant must show an Australian passport.
Nearest Underground Station: Temple
Invitations will not be sent by post to residential addresses in Australia or the United Kingdom.