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Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade – 8th and 9th June 2016

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The Household Division’s Beating Retreat is a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks.

These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or “Trooping The Colour”.

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Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition that date 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.

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The Household Division Beating Retreat is a part of British military history and is always a popular event for Londoners and visitors.

Tickets for Beating Retreat 2016, start from £15.00.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Household Division website here

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