|BC220||Trooping the Colour 6 Stamps Cover, unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
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Issue Date: 07/06/2005
Issue Name: Trooping the Colour Stamps Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
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, we produced this beautiful first day cover featuring a full set of Royal Mail's Trooping the Colours stamps and our special Horse Guards Parade postmark. Limited editions have been signed by Major General Roberts, who organises the ceremony.
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.
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.
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Major-General Sir Sebastian John Lechmere Roberts, KCVO, OBE is a retired senior British Army officer who served as the Senior Army Representative at the Royal College of Defence Studies.