Hap­py 2nd bir­th­day Your Ma­jes­ty

La Montagne (Brive) - - Corrèze Actualité -

Ins­tal­lé en Cor­rèze, Mark Preece propose cette ch­ro­nique à tous les amou­reux de la langue de Sha­kes­peare.

« Some 72 years ago, near­ly to the day, in Tulle, in the Cor­rèze de­part­ment, and sub­se­quent­ly at Ora­dour­sur­glane, the Ger­man Pan­zer di­vi­sion “Das reich” mas­sa­cred lo­cal po­pu­la­tions on their way North to help de­fend against the in­va­der. A few days ear­lier, the Bri­tish Ar­my’s ol­dest and se­nior re­gi­ment, the Life Guards, had lan­ded in Nor­man­dy along with others to help free Eu­rope of the Na­zi in­va­sion. This sa­tur­day, they, along with the rest of the Hou­se­hold Di­vi­sion, the So­ve­rei­gn’s per­so­nal troops, will be pa­ra­ding in Horse guards pa­rade at the oc­ca­sion of the Queen’s of­fi­cial bir­th­day. This ce­re­mo­ny, be­fore it be­came the mo­ment to mark the res­pect and love of a na­tion for it’s mo­narch, had a spe­ci­fic task, that of “Troo­ping the Co­lour”. The “Co­lour” or the ce­re­mo­nial flag of each re­gi­ment was the ral­lying point du­ring bat­tle. As the ar­my in the 17th cen­tu­ry of­ten consis­ted of pres­sed men who were a ne­ver en­ding ro­ta­tion of “ca­non fod­der”, the re­gi­men­tal ban­ner was pa­ra­ded re­gu­lar­ly in or­der that it might be ea­si­ly re­co­gni­sed. It is a great ho­nour to be the stan­dard bea­rer of the day. For weeks, the cho­sen En­si­gn trains hard as he has to car­ry the hea­vy flag for a long time and in va­rious po­si­tions. The five foot re­gi­ments, the Gre­na­dier, Cold­stream, Scots, Irish and the Welsh guards have to stand for hours be­fore and du­ring the ce­re­mo­ny, wea­ring their fa­mous “Bears­kins”, a tro­phy ear­ned at Wa­ter­loo in 1815, that weigh ap­proxi­ma­te­ly one ki­lo. Ma­ny hours are spent ma­king sure that uni­forms are perfect and that the boots have that unique mir­ror “spit and po­lish” fi­nish for the Queen’s re­view. The troops march to the sound of stir­ring fast and slow mi­li­ta­ry marches played by the com­bi­ned bands of the Hou­se­hold Di­vi­sion. The Hou­se­hold Ca­val­ry al­so pa­rades with their own moun­ted band. Af­ter the pa­rade, the Queen rides down the Mall to “Buck House” and from the bal­co­ny watches the fly­past by the Royal Air Force and then ....... has a cup of tea ! »

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