The Trooping of the Colour
On the 13th June 2015, 14 of us from 1st Kexborough Company traveled down to London to represent The Girls' Brigade in the Youth Enclosure for The Queens Trooping of the Colour. We were stood by the entrance to the Horse Guards Parade where we got an excellent view of the soldiers, horses and of course the Royals. We were lucky enough to parade up The Mall behind the police horses to Buckingham Palace and stand by the railings to see the Royal Family appear on the balcony.
Here are some of the girl's thoughts on the day:
'In Girls' Brigade it was amazing on our trip to London. It was so exciting. My favourite part was when the Red Arrows flew by Buckingham Palace, also they had to fire 41 cannons! First we came to train station at 5:00 in the morning then we set off, it as kind of annoying waiting about but it was worth it. Next we arrived in to the underground (which is like a train station) and went on the tube to Leicester Square. It was so amazing and exciting and most of all I had £30 to spend! In the underground I got squashed by a barrier (please note it was only Freya's bag that got squashed but it was highly entertaining for us all as she was attached to it!), a few hours later we were at the Trooping of the Colour and The Queen was coming. When The Queen came we all screamed and waved our flags about until she left. We all finally made it to Buckingham Palace. The soldiers held their instruments and played a tune until The Queen and her family came out of her Palace'. By Freya aged 8.
'Today we went to see The Queen and her family. We went to a shop and got gifts. We went to the park and some of us went in the sand pit and others played on the swings. We saw some soldiers with guns and some were playing in a band. There were some horses and people riding them' by Summer aged 7.
'At first we got on the train, then we had to go through barriers and Freya's bag got stuck, it was so funny. Then we had to go on the underground train, I nearly fell over even though I was sat down! We walked around London and eventually got in to see the marching bands. We saw Queen Elizabeth and Princess Kate. We also so Prince George on the balcony, he tried to wave, it was so cute. Then we played Chinese Whispers. Tilly let me use her camera to take selfies and groupies. I loved walking around and trying to find merchandise. I got a necklace with my name on. We got McDonalds and caught the train back home'. By Ellie aged 8.
It was also lovely to hear these comments from some of the girl's Mums: 'Massive thank you to everyone. Freya has had a fantastic day and hasn't stopped talking!' 'I will second that. Thank you so much, Olivia has loved it and what an experience for them all' 'Ellie's loved it too!! Thumbs up to Girls Brigade !!! A fab day has been had by all!!
Our trip to London was another fantastic experience that Girls' Brigade has given us and we were incredibly proud to represent the organisation at a national event. I'm sure the girls will remember it for a long time and what an incredible opportunity it was to see The Queen with 3 future monarchs together!
For further information on Girls' Brigade Companies in the area please contact Dawn Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org