Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

Trooping The Colour - 2020

© Stuart Osborne


2020 Trooping the Colour Cancelled

Overview: 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.

During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops. After the massed bands have performed a musical 'troop', the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks. The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past. The Queen rides in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace from a dais. The troops then return to barracks. Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force.

Trooping the Colour (The Queen's Birthday Parade, Her Majesty The Queen present) will take place on Saturday 13 June 2020. The Parade begins at Horse Guards at 10.00am and will finish by 12.25pm.






Reminder: Due to the limited number of invitations or tickets available, you can only apply for one Royal Event.

For more information, see the official website of the British Monarchy and Household Division website.

Due to the high demand and security requirements, we are required to undertake a rigorous application process. A random ballot system is used and results are final.

We strongly advise that you read the eligibility and application criteria carefully before submitting your application. If your application is deemed incorrect or incomplete it will not be taken into consideration.  If you do not agree with all of the conditions or procedures outlined below, please do not begin an application.

Successful applicants after the ballot will be sent a Credit Card authorisation form via email.  This form will have to be completed and returned by you to us via email within approximately one week.  If you do not return the completed Credit Card authorisation form to us by email within this time frame, we will offer your tickets to another applicant.  After this has been processed by us you will be sent the tickets as attachments to your email address.  You will then need to print these tickets yourself to take on the day.

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Eligibility: The main applicant must be an Australian visiting the United Kingdom or an Australian with a temporary visa in the United Kingdom (eg. Working Holiday Visa, Temporary Work Visa, Student Visa etc.).  Guest(s) of the main applicant may be citizens of another country other than Australia.

To be considered complete, your application must be submitted online.  Applications sent by post will not be considered.  You will be asked to provide your Australian passport details in the form, and the passport details of your guest(s) if applicable.

You will also be asked to upload a scanned file of the information page of only the main applicants' passport after submitting your application by attaching the file to an automatically generated email.  Without this information your application will not be considered.

Important notes:

  • Married couples and de facto partners should use the same form.
  • Individual applications are limited to THREE tickets.  All children must hold a ticket for their own seat.  We advise that this event is not suitable for young children.
  • Groups of friends will have to make separate applications as long as the main applicant fulfils the application eligibility as above  
  • Due to the volume of applications, only successful candidates will be notified by email in the days after the ballot.
  • Applications received outside the dates of application will not be considered.
  • Multiple applications will disqualify all of those applications.

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Successful applicants will be asked to pay the following costs.  Please note that 100% of the ticket costs go to Public Funds in order to offset the costs of the stands which are built on Horse Guards Parade for the Queens Birthday Parade.

1. The Queen’s Birthday Parade Tickets: £40.00 per person


Successful applicants will be asked to pay via email.  Cheques and International Money Transfers will not be accepted.  Successful applicants will be sent a Credit Card Authorisation form via email.  This form will have to be completed and returned to us via email within approximately one week.  If you do not return the completed Credit Card Authorisation form to us by email within this time frame, we will offer your tickets to another applicant.  After your payment has been successfully processed by us, you will be sent the tickets as PDF attachments to your email address.  You will then need to print these tickets yourself to take on the day.  Printed tickets will not be sent by post to residential addresses in Australia or the United Kingdom.

Also please be aware that due to the quantity of our allocated tickets, the seating configuration of the rows in the stands, and the party sizes of applicants, there is a possibility that a party may be split into the next row.  However, this is unlikely and if it is unavoidable then we will do our best to seat the party in seats that are in front of each other.

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DRESS CODE (please refer to

The Queen's Birthday Parade:

Morning Dress, Lounge Dress, Lounge Suit or Jacket and Trousers, equivalent for the ladies.  No denim.  Military personnel may wear Ceremonial Day or other Service equivalent.

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Please do not start your application unless you have photographed/scanned the Passport information pages for the main applicant, and saved this as a file (total file size must be under 4mb) ready for uploading to us.  This file must be sent to us in the email automatically generated at the end of the application process by clicking on the 'submit your documents now' link in the application confirmation page.





Due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be notified by email after applications close and we run the ballot.  If you do not receive confirmation by email that you were successful in the ballot by , then unfortunately you were not successful.

Privacy Statement:

The personal information in the relevant forms is collected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“DFAT”) for the purposes of registration for the 2020 Royal Events and will only be used for purposes related to, or arising from, these activities.  DFAT will store your personal information and may share the information we have collected with other government agencies.  For further information regarding how DFAT handles your personal information, how to access or correct your personal information, how to complain about a breach of privacy and relevant contact details, please refer to our Privacy Policy at:

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