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Happy Birthday your Majesty!
The Trooping of the Colours ceremony has a long history, and to commemorate Her Majesty's birthday and the 200th anniversary of the ceremony in 2005, Buckingham Covers produced this beautiful first day cover featuring a full set of Royal Mail's Trooping the Colours stamps and our special postmarks.
Special Flown Editions
A limited number of these were also flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in the Royal Flypast on 11th June 2005! This cover features an Irish Guards postmark plus a Spitfire stamp and Royal Flight Cachet. These really are something very special and only a limited number exist. Click here to see it now!
Special Signed Editions
We are pleased to be able to offer this cover as a special limited signed edition - signed by no less than Major General Sebastian Roberts, who each year organises the Trooping of the Colour. These covers were signed to help raise money for the Cavalry Museum, a truly noble cause!
We are proud to have worked with the Royal Collection to bring you these covers, which really capture the excitement of the Trooping the Colours parade. As well as the official cover, which has been postmarked with our official Horse Guards Parade postmark, we have an alternative version of this cover which has been postmarked with a special Horse Guards Avenue postmark. If you would like to find out more about Queen Elizabeth II, click here.
The official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen is marked each year by a colourful and historic military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Colour. In battle, a regiment's flags, or "colours", were used as rallying points. Off the battlefield they also represented the regiment's direct link and service to the King or Queen, as well as to the fallen men of the regiment. The greatest humiliation for a regiment was to lose their colours, whilst it was the greatest glory on the battlefield to capture the colours of the enemy.
The carrying of colours isn't a privilege given to all: only battalions of infantry regiments of the line have the honour. The Royal Artillery's colours are their guns and Rifle Regiments never carried covers as they didn't form a line - their drums carry their battle honours. As with most rules, there is one exception - the Honourable Artillery company, as they have both colours and guns.
The Ceremony Itself
The phrase 'trooping the colour' comes from the tradition whereby the colours were marched through the ranks (who had fallen in by companies) so that every man could see that the colours were intact. This was carried out before and after every battle but is largely for ceremonial purposes only today.
We have more fantastic covers commemorating Queen Elizabeth II. Click here to see them all!
What is a first day cover?
At its most basic level, a first day cover (FDC) is an envelope bearing stamps postmarked on the first day that the stamps were issued. A cover originates from the practice of covering a letter in a separate sheet, so that it remained protected and safe from prying eyes. On the day the penny black was first issued, 1 May 1840, so emerged the very first FDC. Click here to find out more about first day covers
Quick Facts: Trooping the Colour (stamps) is a First-day Cover Issue date : 7th June 2005
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