Regiment Gears Up For Queen’s Birthday Parade

June 11, 2015

More than 150 Bermuda Regiment soldiers will be on parade on Saturday [June 13] for a rare Trooping the Colours ceremony and the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

And the ceremony will be held at the National Stadium in Devonshire, rather than the usual Front Street venue as the Regiment continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary year.

Regiment Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Foster-Brown said: “It’s a golden opportunity to see the Island’s soldiers at their ceremonial best.

The 2012 Queen’s Birthday Parade

“Trooping the Colours has only happened a handful of times and with the feu de joie, a celebratory firing of rifles, and the Royal salute from the field guns, it promises to be a spectacular event for families.”

Regimental Sergeant Major [RSM] Gavin Rayner said the Trooping the Colours ceremony was last carried out in 2010, when new colours were presented to the Island’s defence force.

The parade will feature a total of four honour guards, as well as 20 strong contingent from the Bermuda Police Service.

RSM Rayner said: “It will be a memorable occasion and our soldiers have been practicing for the last month – including at the National Stadium itself in the pouring rain.”

The Trooping the Colours ceremony has its origins from when regiments had to show troops the colours so they knew where to rally in times of battle.

The event is free and people who want to attend should be seated in the stadium by 10am. Parking is available at the Arboretum and guests should enter through the turnstiles on Parson’s Road.

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