One of London's most historic buildings, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. It boasts 775 rooms, including no fewer than 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms and 19 State Rooms.
In this Painting, set in mid-June, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are leaving the Palace for the Trooping of the Colour, on the occasion of the Queen's official birthday. This custom dates back to King Charles 2nd in the 17th Century, when the colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. The ceremony is carried out by the Household Division on Horse Guard's Parade, where the Queen attends and takes the salute. Since 1987 the Queen has ridden in an open carriage, rather than riding side-saddle and wearing the regimental uniform, as she did following her accession to the throne. After the event the Royal Family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch an RAF fly past.
by Steve Crisp
Size: 68.5 x 49cm
Number of Pieces: 1000
Product Code: G7065