Have you ever wanted to see Trooping the Colour or dress up and attend Royal Ascot? Well you can! Each year the South Australia Office of the Agent General is allocated a limited number of invitations for Australian citizens to attend these events.
There are a few criteria to meet:
- Royal Events are open to Australian Citizens visiting the United Kingdom as tourists and Australian Citizens with a temporary visa in the United Kingdom – not permanent residents. Guests of the main applicant may be citizens of other countries.
- Applicants must be able to provide an Australian passport, as well as a secondary form of identification with proof of address.
- These events are very sought after and due to their popularity you can only apply for one Royal event a year. If you have already attended a Royal Garden Party you are not eligible to apply again.
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour is held on the official birthday of HM The Queen and is marked each year by a military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Colour. This takes place each June on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, in front of stadium crowds of onlookers and is enjoyed by millions world-wide.
Date: Saturday, 13 June 2020
Time: 10.00am – 12.25pm
Apply by: As soon as possible in the year you wish to attend.
How to apply: Applications can be made via the British Army website – https://qbp.army.mod.uk/
The Australian High Commission also have an allocation of tickets to The Queen’s Birthday Parade. To enter the ballot for tickets, visit – https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/EventsRoyal.html
What to expect: The UK “performs” parades like no other country. They are full of pomp and ceremony and amazing to watch in person. Trooping the Colour is a military style parade with horses, carriages, marching troops and HM The Queen. The troops participating in the parade are drawn of fully trained, operational troops from the Household Division. Only one Colour can be trooped at a time, and the five Household Regiments – Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards take their turn each year.
There are two other parades – these are two dress rehearsals held on Saturday, 30 May by Major General C J Ghika and the second on Saturday, 6 June by HRH The Prince of Wales. Both Parades begin at Horse Guards at 10.00am and will finish by 12.25pm. Application to attend these parades is via the British Army Website https://qbp.army.mod.uk/
Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690s. Originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset. This is a must if you haven’t been before.
Dates: Wednesday, 10 June and Thursday, 11 June 2020
Time: 8.00pm – 9.40pm
Cost: Varying seat prices – £45, £35, £25 or £20
Apply by: There are no date deadlines for applying for tickets. However, it is advisable to apply in the early part of the year.
How to apply: Apply for tickets on the British Army Website – https://tickets.householddivision.org.uk/beating-retreat/index.htm
What to expect: A spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks. These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evening preceding Trooping the Colour.
There are many horse racing meetings held at Ascot Racecourse, but none so prestigious as Royal Ascot held annually during the third week of June. Badges aren’t limited for this event, so we recommend you take a group of friends to this illustrious day where you may even rub shoulders with HM The Queen! A great day to attend is Ascot Ladies Day which is on the Thursday of Ascot week.
Date: Tuesday, 16 June – Saturday 20 June 2020
Time: Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race at 2.30pm.
Cost: The cost for a single badge for entry to the Royal enclosure was £175 in 2019.
Apply by: Friday, 20 March 2020
How to apply: If you meet the criteria mentioned above, email the Office of the Agent General stating your name and guest/s name. A badge request form will be emailed to you to complete and returned to the Royal Enclosure Office.
What to expect: A chance to dress to impress for the ladies! However, hemlines should be no higher than just above the knee and sensible necklines with straps of at least one inch wide and nothing off-the-shoulder or asymmetric. The dress code for men is a black or grey morning dress with waistcoat and tie (no cravats) and a black or grey top hat.
Don’t try and get away with anything outside the guidelines as you will be turned away from the Royal Enclosure. An indulgent and memorable day out to socialise with members of the Royal Family and celebrities.
Royal Garden Parties
Date: There are three Royal Garden Parties a year held in May and June, although dates change annually.
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm, with gates open from 3.00pm.
Cost: No charge.
Apply by: Unfortunately it is too late to apply for 2020 tickets through the Office of the Agent General. Applications need to be made before 15 December in the year preceding. Keep this in mind for next year! However, the Australian High Commission are currently accepting applications until Monday, 10 February 2020.
How to apply: You can apply via the Australian High Commission’s website – https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/EventsRoyal.html
What to expect: A fabulous afternoon out and a chance to dress up (there is a strict dress code). Men can wear morning dress or uniform, but the majority wear a dark suit. Women are required to wear a day dress with hat or relevant uniform. Sandwiches, without crusts, will be served in the marquee along with pastries and cups of tea served in china cups. Ice cream from the Prince of Wales’ Duchy is amazing and is a must try – this is served later in the afternoon. Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will make their appearance and walk along a roped off walkway and chat to the crowds. If you are lucky you will be singled out by one of the Royal Equerry’s and introduced to The Queen.
We hope this has tempted you to apply for one of these great events. Make 2020 or 2021 the year you meet HM The Queen!