Mr Brain’s salutes Trooping the Colour

We all know Mr Brain’s loves to celebrate Great British traditions. This summer, we’re looking forward to the annual spectacle of Trooping the Colour!

Just like our classic West Country gravy, Trooping the Colour has stood the test of time and earned its place in the history books. The custom dates back to the 17th century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. The flags were trooped in front of the British and Commonwealth armies every day to make sure the men could recognise the colours of their regiment.

Today, Trooping the Colour is used to celebrate the Queen's official birthday. Every year, the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage for Whitehall where she inspects the troops and takes their salute. Over 1400 soldiers take part in the parade with 200 horses. To top it all off, the Queen heads back to the palace balcony with other members of the Royal Family to watch a flypast by the Royal Air Force.

The downside of standing to attention in the sun while wearing a bearskin is that some of the guardsman have been known to faint! Rather than standing out in the sun all day, why not sit down with a plate of Mr Brain’s faggots and watch the pomp and pageantry on telly instead?

Let us know which British traditions you’re looking forward to this summer on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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