A spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision!
Introduced for the first time last June, this event is back by popular demand. A unique experience for members and guests, the ceremonial spectacle is performed every year on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or ‘Trooping The Colour’.
A longstanding tradition dating back to the 1690s, originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signalled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.
Soldiers of the Household Division are instantly recognisable through their distinctive uniforms and headdress and have a history spanning over three centuries.
The Household Division Beating Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else, making the evening particularly special and memorable for members and their guests. It is truly spectacular and a great one to enjoy with family and friends!
Supper will be arranged somewhere local beforehand and as it’s an evening event, we suggest dressing for warmth and comfort!
The event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests and more details available closer to the time.