Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thirties Thursday

Here's an amazing bit of film showing Edward VIII trooping the colour the one time he performed the duty as monarch. For those who don't know, this is a yearly ceremony which happens in June, marking the monarch's official birthday. The monarch gets an official birthday at the same time each year (unlike regular birthdays) in the hopes for good weather for the parade. Interestingly, Edward's birthday was actually in June, so the parade was only a few weeks off the actual date.


My apologies for the weird capital typing at the top of the post. I've tried numerous times to change it, but it stubbornly remains.


  1. Elspeth - Wow! This is most impressive! Such rich pageantry, although I'm not sure I'd want all that fuss to celebrate my birthday... Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love learning all this stuff. I knew racehorses all had the same "official" birthday but didn't know monarchs had the same convention.
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  3. Fascinating! I love this kind of thing.
    Thanks for hunting these things down and sharing with us.

  4. Mason; I was thrilled when I found it. The British are always marvelous at pomp and ceremony.

    Margot; I wouldn't mind the occasional parade...maybe not for my birthday, but for when I finish a writing project!

    Terry; I have a head full of knowledge like this. Odd, but true.

    Giggles; Thank YOU for letting me know you enjoyed it!


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