If your New Year's resolution is to start schmoozing with royals, like Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, we’ve found one way to make it happen! The ballot is now open for tickets to see this year’s Trooping the Colour on June 8, which marks the Queen's birthday. Members of the public have the opportunity to observe the event from the stands on Horse Guards Parade by applying for tickets through the ballot. The online ballot is set to close on March 1, with winners selected and notified by March 31. Seated and wheelchair tickets cost £40 (roughly $50.92), while standing tickets are just £5 (about $6.37). All wheelchair tickets are accompanied with a free companion ticket.
Queen Elizabeth and her royal family at Trooping the Colour 2018 Photo: Getty Images
For those who don't manage to get a ticket, a limited view can be obtained by securing a spot on the Mall or on the edge of St. James's Park, which overlooks Horse Guards, earlier in the day. The Parade begins promptly at Horse Guards at 10 a.m. and will be completed by 12:25pm. The Royal Air Force flypast takes place at 1 p.m. and can also be watched from the Mall.
If you’re not into crowds, never fear, the 92-year-old monarch’s parade will also be broadcast live on BBC in the UK. Taking part in the event, will be up to 1450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with up to 400 musicians from the Massed Bands. In addition, 240 plus soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will line The Mall.
Meghan Markle made her Trooping debut alongside Harry last year Photo: Getty Images
Her Majesty has taken the salute at every parade since her accession to the throne in 1952, except for 1955 when there was a national rail strike. While the Queen’s actual day of birth is April 21, the Sovereign’s official birthday is traditionally marked by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, which this year falls in June.