HM the Queen's Birthday Parade

Date

Held annually in June.

Location

The Flag Pole and Front Street Hamilton

Summary

The Parade celebrates the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The origins of the parade dates back to the reign of King George III when members of the British Household Division mounted a ceremonial parade in London,  Ever since a day has been set aside as the Sovereign's Official Birthday.  We observe the tradition in Bermuda by holding a ceremonial military parade to mark the occasion.

The Parade is organised by the Bermuda Regiment and, in addition to their own guards and Colour Party, units are provided by the Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Reserve Police, Bermuda Fire Service, Bermuda Cadet Corps and Sea Cadets.

His Excellency the Governor arrives as her Majesty’s representative.  His Excellency inspects the guards after which they march past the dignitaries.  Thereafter, the arrival of the Queen is symbolically recognized with the playing of the National Anthem and the unfurling of Her Majesty’s standard.

A salute to Her Majesty—the feu-du-joie (“fire of joy”)—is given by the Regiment soldiers in three ripple-volleys, each being preceded by a seven round salute (21 total), and is followed by three hearty cheers in Her Majesty’s Honour.  After the symbolic departure of Her Majesty, the dignitaries depart and the guards march off past the Cenotaph, saluting the fallen.