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Old June 15th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #191

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If somebody can watch this all the way though, can they tell me why this so necessary.
Coldstream Guards Trooping Their Colour. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012 in HD - YouTube
The first is military. The colours are the rallying point for every regiment. If you are tried for a crime then the colours are draped over a stack of drums in a drumhead court martial.

If you are in battle then the colours are the point where your commanding officer directs the battle.

In the British army the regiment and the colours that symbolise that regiment are your basic reality. Politics, party and nation are kind of abstact points but your regiment is your home, your family and your tradition.

Trooping the colour is a tradition so that the average soldier learns his regimental colours and learns the importance of it.

Its more than significant when you think that the coldstream guards were a parliamentarian and republican unit in the civil war who owe their allegiance to General Monck and the New Model Army.

After the integration of Royalist and Parliamentarian units when Charles two came to power then that oath of allegiance became vitally important. Its a visible symbol of the restoration and those parliamentarians showing allegiance to Chuck2 and his oaths to respect parliament.

Plus of course the trooping of the colour is both military pageant, political representation of unity and a good chance for vendors to fleece tourists of their petty cash.
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Old June 15th, 2013, 03:58 PM   #192
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Old June 19th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #193

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The first is military. The colours are the rallying point for every regiment. If you are tried for a crime then the colours are draped over a stack of drums in a drumhead court martial.

If you are in battle then the colours are the point where your commanding officer directs the battle.

In the British army the regiment and the colours that symbolise that regiment are your basic reality. Politics, party and nation are kind of abstact points but your regiment is your home, your family and your tradition.

Trooping the colour is a tradition so that the average soldier learns his regimental colours and learns the importance of it.

Its more than significant when you think that the coldstream guards were a parliamentarian and republican unit in the civil war who owe their allegiance to General Monck and the New Model Army.

After the integration of Royalist and Parliamentarian units when Charles two came to power then that oath of allegiance became vitally important. Its a visible symbol of the restoration and those parliamentarians showing allegiance to Chuck2 and his oaths to respect parliament.

Plus of course the trooping of the colour is both military pageant, political representation of unity and a good chance for vendors to fleece tourists of their petty cash.
It's a tradition that the traditionally minded British army likes to show off with.
The Brigade of Guards do this to mark the Queen's official birthday and I suppose buried in that, to show loyalty to the crown, not to parliament.

Is it any different to the Bastille day parade in France, for example?
(Actually, it is - it's better.....)
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Old June 19th, 2013, 01:52 PM   #194

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There's been some very interesting observations and postings in the thread.
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