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London’s Ceremonies

Family Guide
The Queen making her speech in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament
London has a full calendar of ceremonial events, occasions and customs, most of them connected with the royal family and many dating back to the Middle Ages or beyond. Not only are these colourful ceremonies historically important, but they are also bursting with spectacular costumes and pageantry, making them thrilling to watch for the whole family.

Trooping the colour

Combining pageantry, military precision and music, this splendid ceremony in Horse Guards Parade honours the Queen’s official birthday on a ...

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