Your London Calendar: Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat

Jot these dates down in your calendar- June 8th and 9th, 2016 at 8pm.

The Household Division’s Beating Retreat is an annual pageant of music, military drills, and fireworks is performed on the Horse Guards Parade each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, more commonly called “Trooping The Colour”.

With a long tradition dating back to the 1690s, originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signaled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today, Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

Want to go? Tickets are £15 and as with anything in London, it’s imperative that you book in advance or you risk missing out! Get your tickets here.

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