Being Frank: Trooping The Colour

During my internet research for the project I uncovered a contemporary newsreel of the Trooping The Colour parade in 1947 my grandfather participated in. Trooping The Colour is a ceremony performed by infantry regiments in the British Army, and marks the official birthday of the sovereign, in this case, King George VI. In the Pathe footage, the King rides on horseback, with his daughter Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth. My grandfather is one of the many guards stood in the large square formation on the parade ground; he told me the shortest guards were given this role and expected to remain still throughout, which was difficult owing to the heavy kit they were carrying. But it gives a great insight into this aspect of my grandfather’s service.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to use this video as part of a final piece; the video’s copyright belongs to Pathe, and to purchase a copy of the piece outright would be £40. That seems very expensive for such a short video, particularly when it does not explicitly feature my grandfather in an identifiable fashion. But, along with the documentary evidence I have been able to find from his own collection and that of the Regiment, it helps build a great picture of life in the Coldstream Guards.

Click on the image below to be taken to the video on the Pathe website: