Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day #8- Trooping of the Color

Today we got the special treat of watching the Trooping of the Color practice. For those of you that don't know, Trooping of the Color is an annual event that is done to celebrate the Queen's birthday and has been done every year since the 1700's, but is always held in June (even though the Queen's birthday is not in June). Most people don't get to watch within the area of practice, but Constable Watson was nice enough to get us up close and personal! It was a very cool process, and the soldiers are very impressive in their discipline. One guy fainted due to the heat and excessive amounts of clothing involved in their uniforms, but Constable Watson informed us that it is not uncommon for 3-4 men to faint during the actual event. After the Trooping of the Color we went to the Metropolitan Police museum, it wasn't very big but was very cool! The man giving us information informed us that there used to be around 200 offenses that someone could be hung for in London.  The youngest person to be hung on record was a 10 year old boy, who was hung for stealing a handkerchief. 
One of the bands coming in for practicing the Trooping of the Color.
These soldiers has so much discipline! Very impressive, and there were a ton of them! 
The old uniforms of the Metropolitan Police.

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