Millions of people from around the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
This year, the queen made history by becoming the first British monarch to reign for seven decades.
To commemorate this momentous anniversary, a variety of events have been planned, ranging from pure pageantry to pop music concerts.
While street parties, church services, and A-list concerts will be held around the country, the celebrations will center on one of the Queen’s official residences, London’s Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping The Colour, will kick off the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend—but how can you watch it?
How To Watch Trooping the Colour 2022 in USA
The Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. ET), the first day of a special four-day weekend.
Due to high demand for tickets to see a piece of royal history, grandstand tickets for Trooping the Colour swiftly sold out.
Onlookers may, however, enjoy the scene firsthand as the Queen’s Birthday Parade makes its way between Buckingham Palace and the adjoining Horse Guards Parade.
People will also be able to watch the event on giant TV screens set up in neighboring St James’ Park.
Trooping the Colour 2022 will be shown live on BBC One, with the ceremony also being streamed live online via the BBC iPlayer.
To connect to a U.K. server, you’ll almost certainly need a VPN, so get one ready before trying to catch the Platinum Jubilee pomp and pageantry.
The customary procession to honor the queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour 2022, will feature about 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians.
Every year, the 96-year-old monarch has two birthdays: her actual birthday in April and her official birthday in June.
“Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will travel along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages,” according to a statement on the official Platinum Jubilee website.
“The Parade will conclude with the traditional RAF fly-past, which will be seen from the Buckingham Palace balcony by The Queen and members of the Royal Family.”
The occasion, according to royal analyst Richard Fitzwilliams, is steeped in tradition and history.
“Trooping the Colour originated in the need to distinguish friend from foe in the confusion of battle and the Colours became a rallying point,” he told Newsweek.
“The Colour being trooped is that presented by William earlier this month to 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, it is consecrated and carries the regimental battle honours.
“The Queen’s Birthday Parade is world-famous, marking her official birthday. George I began the tradition of the monarch having two birthdays.”
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the disgraced Prince Andrew will not be joining other royals on the palace balcony to watch the procession, according to Buckingham Palace insiders. Only working royals are anticipated to watch from there.
Fitzwilliams added: “Queen Victoria began the tradition of balcony appearances at Buckingham Palace in 1851.
“This has become an iconic annual event after Trooping the Colour when the extended royal family assembles on the balcony.
“At the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the small group of royals who appeared were considered to be symbolic of the ‘inner core’ of the monarchy.
“Seventeen royals will appear on the balcony after Trooping the Colour next Thursday, this is restricted to working royals.
“It has been reported that the extended royal family may appear on the balcony after the final Jubilee event, the Parade, on Sunday, June 5.”
Tim Rooke, a highly experienced royal photographer at Shutterstock Editorial, describes the Platinum Jubilee as “a momentous moment for The Queen and for the country and is one unlikely to ever be repeated” and explained the “privilege to have witnessed a small part of her reign.”
He told Newsweek: “The Queen is one of the most famous and watched figures in the world, and it has been a real honor to have photographed her during her reign.
“I’ve followed the Royal family across the world as Shutterstock Editorials Royal Photographer, visiting locations such as Australia, Canada, Bosnia and Ireland.
“Despite decades of this work, I am always fascinated by how the public continuously love to see The Queen completing her duties.”
He also noted how the hard work of the role has its rewards, adding: “When photographing The Queen, you must contend with crowds of onlookers and other interested photographers.
“However, fighting for the perfect shot makes it even more rewarding when it does come through.
“The Queen never poses, so any captured smiles are genuine moments between her and those around her.
“My trick is to always ensure I’m in the right position to make it look as if she’s smiling directly at me, my camera, and all who then view the images of her.”