The annual Queen’s Birthday Parade took place on Front Street this morning [June 9], with the Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Sea Cadets and the Bermuda Cadet Corps on parade, along with the Atholl Highlanders who are visiting from Scotland.
The military in Bermuda has always celebrated the Sovereign’s Official Birthday with a June parade. From the nineteenth century until 1955, the ceremony was put on by the soldiers of the infantry battalion that was garrisoned in Bermuda.
Until the 1950’s, the ceremony itself was a purely military celebration, with minimal public participation and took place at the Prospect Garrison field. This field is now the site of Bermuda’s National Stadium.
From 1950 to 1955, the Queen’s Birthday Parade took place at Bernard’s Park with units from the British Garrison and the Royal Navy playing the lead role.
From 1952, there was participation by local units such as the newly formed Bermuda Rifles, the reformed Bermuda Militia Artillery, and the Bermuda Cadets Corps. In 1966, following the formation of the Bermuda Regiment, the parade shifted to Front Street.
Click to enlarge photos:
- Photos: 2011 Queen’s Birthday Parade
- Photo Set #3: 2012 Queen’s Birthday Parade
- Photos: 2010 Queen’s Birthday Parade
- Photo Set #2: 2012 Queen’s Birthday Parade
- Photos: 2011 Peppercorn Ceremony
- Photos: Bermuda Regiment NCO Cadre Parade