Category: Art & Culture Date: Monday, 01 January 0001 For fans of the monarchy, a visit to London represents a chance to see some of the most impressive royal buildings in the country, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London. And arrive in the capital at the right time of year and you'll also have the chance to enjoy the kind of pomp and pageantry that the British monarchy is famous for. Probably the best-known annual ceremony is Trooping the Colour (carrying the flags), which since 1748 has marked the Sovereign's public birthday celebrations. These occur in June each year to maximise the chance of favourable weather. The spectacular synchronised display is carried out by fully-trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. During the ceremony on June 14th, the Queen, whose actual birthday is April 21st, will be greeted by a Royal salute and carry out an inspection of the troops. There is lots of impressive regimented marching during the event, accompanied by the rousing sounds of the massed bands, and the assembled onlookers will also get the chance to see Her Majesty riding in her carriage back to Buckingham Palace. Once there, the Queen and fellow members of the royal family will gather on the palace balcony for a noisy fly-past by the Royal Air Force. It's a truly magnificent spectacle to behold. If you'd like to witness the show, head to The Mall or the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade for 9am, ahead of the start at 10am. The fly-past conclusion to proceedings occurs at 1.00pm. As places to stay on the Queen's birthday weekend go, The Rubens at the Palace, the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace, is hard to beat. Take advantage of the hotel's prime location with the 'Buckingham Palace Weekends' package, which includes a chilled bottle of Champagne on arrival so you can raise a toast to Her Majesty.