Trooping the colour

chrisg46

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#1
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
 
#2
chrisg46 said:
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
No idea, but in this heat I couldn't blame them if they ditched the bearskins and undid their top buttons!!! No wobbly knees yet, which is very impressive.

Remember ladies and gentlemen, if you join the British Army you spend your entire time doing this when you're not being shouted at...
 

chrisg46

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#4
i got up early especially!!

I think i have spotted a few machine gun effects but nothing major, certainly not gone to rat shit though. No one does this like the brits IMHO
 
#5
frenchperson said:
Thrilling to sit indoors and watch isn't it? Does anyone know if it's repeated so I can spot anything I missed the first time?
Yes this evening BBC 2 18:00 hrs or 18:20hrs not certain about the time but you might miss an error as it's just the highlights.Get your bonoculars ready
 
#6
chrisg46 full sergeants and above wear gloves seperates senior ranks from lower ranks also they wear a red sash and gold chevrons or crown on there arms
 
#8
I dunno when white gloves, for all, were dropped. Prolly summat to do with the SA80?

We certainly wore them in the late 1980s, with SLRs (that's somethyme in the last century).

They were 'orribule things to do ceremonial arms drill in, being very heavy knitted cotton.

Almost as bad, as the concrete Russian Grey greatcoats, which are still used.

All best wishes to our junior Guards regiment, The Welsh Guards.

Who waved their flag so well, in one of the best Birthday Parades that I have ever witnessed, in 30 years of service (not quite matching the 54 years of our Queen, as Queen, but who first inspected her father the the King's Birthday Parade in 1947).

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batty
(Coldstream Guards, retd)
 
#10
crabby said:
chrisg46 said:
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
No idea, but in this heat I couldn't blame them if they ditched the bearskins and undid their top buttons!!! No wobbly knees yet, which is very impressive.

Remember ladies and gentlemen, if you join the British Army you spend your entire time doing this when you're not being shouted at...
AFAIK the uniform jackets are a lot lighter these days. They're still going to be very uncomortable but if an old hand were to wear one he'd be able to stand there for days.
 
#12
GDav said:
crabby said:
chrisg46 said:
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
No idea, but in this heat I couldn't blame them if they ditched the bearskins and undid their top buttons!!! No wobbly knees yet, which is very impressive.

Remember ladies and gentlemen, if you join the British Army you spend your entire time doing this when you're not being shouted at...
AFAIK the uniform jackets are a lot lighter these days. They're still going to be very uncomortable but if an old hand were to wear one he'd be able to stand there for days.
Comes from the fact that we are no longer an industrial nation. We cannot produce the heavy wool melton fabric.

I guess we now import some pseudo silk dross from India or China.

Still, much more comfortable for the planks, even if it does look shite.

Nice to see so many Canadian Bears on parade - thank glod they knocked the fake fur on the head.

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batty.
 

chrisg46

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#13
d a feeling it was summat along those lines, i just remembered that we all wore white gloves when i did a colours parade in windsor back in 97. Has that recently changed or just a guards thing?
 
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uncle_ho

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#14
chrisg46 said:
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
Only Sgts and above wear white gloves unless in Greatcoat order when everyone wears them.
 
#15
batty said:
GDav said:
crabby said:
chrisg46 said:
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
No idea, but in this heat I couldn't blame them if they ditched the bearskins and undid their top buttons!!! No wobbly knees yet, which is very impressive.

Remember ladies and gentlemen, if you join the British Army you spend your entire time doing this when you're not being shouted at...
AFAIK the uniform jackets are a lot lighter these days. They're still going to be very uncomortable but if an old hand were to wear one he'd be able to stand there for days.
Comes from the fact that we are no longer an industrial nation. We cannot produce the heavy wool melton fabric.

I guess we now import some pseudo silk dross from India or China.

Still, much more comfortable for the planks, even if it does look shite.

Nice to see so many Canadian Bears on parade - thank glod they knocked the fake fur on the head.

--
batty.
I believe it's partly to do with the expense of good quality woolen and cotton clothing but I also think that comfort was a factor.

I agree they don't look half as good.
 
#16
Livin_on_a_prayer said:
Is it broadcast in aus, canada etc? I imagine it is.
Nope, not down here at the ARRSE end of the world. Other than a 15 sec 'human interest' story at the end of tomorrow night's 6pm news after the weather, I've NEVER seen it on the telly in Australia.

Probably a good thing, too, as it makes us look like bags of sh1t on parade!!!!!
 
#17
5yr old son and I watched the whole parade from start to finish and he was enthralled by it all,he now wants to join the Guards.
A truely magnificent parade,well done indeed the Welsh Guards also my hat off in salute to all involved ! what a credit to the Forces you all are.
 
#18
Timmypig said:
Livin_on_a_prayer said:
Is it broadcast in aus, canada etc? I imagine it is.
Nope, not down here at the ARRSE end of the world. Other than a 15 sec 'human interest' story at the end of tomorrow night's 6pm news after the weather, I've NEVER seen it on the telly in Australia.

Probably a good thing, too, as it makes us look like bags of sh1t on parade!!!!!
Yez didn't look too bad at Lahr, except for this strange habit of getting down on one knee, as if to pray, during parade on hot days. :?
 
#19
Got a little confused when they stated Prince Harry wasn't on the parade. Especially as they were talking about him being in his uniform and in one of the Royal carriages :?

During the 3 years that I did PDs we weren't allowed to used the TV name but the proper title Queen's Birthday PARADE (or QBP).

Bleeping TV/Jurnos getting it wrong AGAIN :x

And they're expert referring to the QVM as the Birthday Cake. Once heard a senior oafficers get verbal from the GOC for doing that during a State Event.

Blimey! Next they'll be referring to St Stephen's Tower as Big Ben when everyone knows its the bell inside! Check here if you don't believe me 8)
 
#20
batty said:
GDav said:
crabby said:
chrisg46 said:
Watching the trooping the colour on the box at the mo (thats why i have put this in current), and the mrs to be has asked why arent they all wearing white gloves? I thought they should be as well, anyone shed any light? Been a while since i have even looked at drill properly...
No idea, but in this heat I couldn't blame them if they ditched the bearskins and undid their top buttons!!! No wobbly knees yet, which is very impressive.

Remember ladies and gentlemen, if you join the British Army you spend your entire time doing this when you're not being shouted at...
AFAIK the uniform jackets are a lot lighter these days. They're still going to be very uncomortable but if an old hand were to wear one he'd be able to stand there for days.
Comes from the fact that we are no longer an industrial nation. We cannot produce the heavy wool melton fabric.

I guess we now import some pseudo silk dross from India or China.

Still, much more comfortable for the planks, even if it does look shite.

Nice to see so many Canadian Bears on parade - thank glod they knocked the fake fur on the head.

Hope the be kind to Bears brigade don't read that or they'll be stripping off again what a gruesome sight

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batty.
 

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