|BC220M||Trooping the Colour Miniature Sheet Cover, unsigned||£25.00||Limited Availability|
|BC220MS||Trooping the Colour Miniature Sheet Cover, double signed Fox-Pitt and Goodwin-Hudson||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC220FC||Trooping the Colour stamps torn from the Miniature Sheet, signed by Wing Commander Gair||£40.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 07/06/2005
Issue Name: Trooping the Colour Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
These dazzling covers, produced exclusively by Buckingham Covers, commemorate the Trooping of the Colours ceremony, and with several cover options including special signed and flown editions, royalty collectiong doesn't get any better than this. Limited editions have been double-signed by Andrew Fox-Pitt and Mark Goodwin-Hudson, who led the 2005 ceremony. We also have a flown and signed edition featuring the stamps torn from the miniature sheet, flown on board the Queen's Birthday fly past and signed by Captain and pilot of the flight, Wing Commander Gair.
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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The 2005 Trooping of the Colour cermony was led by Captains Andrew Fox-Pitt of the Lifeguards and Captain Mark Goodwin-Hudson of the Royal Horseguards Dragoons.
Wing Commander Gair was the pilot of the flight during the Queen's Birthday fly past.