King Geo. at Trooping of Colors, May 1911 (LOC)

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Where: Constitution Hill, London SW1A 1AA, UK

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When: 01 January 1911

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King Geo. at Trooping of Colors, May 1911

1911 May (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

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Photograph shows King George V Trooping the Colour, for the first time in May 1911 in front of the Admiralty Extension Building. Both the King and the Duke of Connaught wore the uniform of the Grenadier Guards. The Maharaja of Bikaner also attended. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009, 2012)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2208-16


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    Robert & Kristin

    • 16/Jan/2008 23:15:11

    I believe the building in the background is the Old Admiralty and the parade ground itself is the Horse Guards Parade.

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    • 19/Jan/2008 14:35:09

    I think so too, they still Troop the Colour there.

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    • 17/Feb/2008 22:30:14

    Interesting detail: about 2/3 of the way to the right, in front of the line of guards and just behind the foreground figure, there is a second mounted figure who appears to be Indian. He's wearing a decorated turban of some kind, has a moustache, and doesn't look particularly old. You can see him in the medium size, but he stands out more in the larger sizes. Someone has tagged this "raj" -- so I can't be the only one who's noticed. I wonder who he is? Also more apparent in the larger size: masses of people standing on a balcony in the background, and at almost every window!

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    • 18/Feb/2008 22:19:34

    Well spotted CM! Isn't that interesting. I'd guess he was some visiting dignitary but I don't have the faintest idea who.

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    flawless turn

    • 01/Mar/2008 23:56:40

    My guess is that they are from India/Hindustan.

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    • 17/Apr/2008 05:24:29

    "raj" loosely refers in general to the period of Great Britain's colonial rule over India - so I don't think whomever added that tag is implying that "raj" is a proper name of a person - rather that image has some link to that period.

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    Andrew Warrington

    • 04/Nov/2008 03:28:59

    It should be called "Trooping the colour" and it still today done on the sovereign's birthday in this very place as someone else says, horse guards parade in Whitehall, London. Interesting that the police officer behind the rank of foot guards is wearing a sword. I also understand that the regiment on parade behind the King and the officers is the Grenadier guards who can be identified by the single white "hackle" on the left side of the bearskin. I do not know if this means that they were the regiment "trooping" their particular colour that day ?

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    • 06/Nov/2008 04:56:27

    It's not just the guards. There seem to be members of the Constabulary there also.

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    • 27/Jan/2009 11:41:47

    This is The Trooping of The Colour. Horse Guards Parade. Obviously it is not held on the Sovereigns actual birthday. The Grenadier Guards are being inspected, identified y the white plume on the left of the bearskin. There would be more than one regiment present. The Brigade of Guards consists of the The First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards, in tunic order you would see the buttons in ones. They have a white plume on the left. The Coldstream Guards have a red plume on the right hand side of the bearskin and their buttons are in twos. The Scots Guards do not have a plume and he buttons are in threes. The Irish Guards have a turquoise plume on the right hand side and buttons in fours. The Welsh Guards have a green and white plume, on the left hand side and buttons in fives. signed ex "Grumbledier"

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    • 27/Jan/2009 11:51:04

    Andrew Warrington - that police officer is also wearing spurs.

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    Retired at last

    • 17/Apr/2009 17:14:35

    For those of you wondering about the Indian in the group, the Times (of London) in its report of the ceremony describes him as Colonel the Maharaja of Bikaner. The same report also says that this was the first trooping of King George's colours and the first ceremony to take place in three years. 1909 was abandoned on account of bad weather and 1910 did not take place because of mourning for King Edward.

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    Mando Maniac

    • 03/Jul/2009 14:35:29

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ANYTHING GOES ENGLAND,VINTAGE PHOTOS,POSTCARDS,EPHEMERAetc..., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 21/Dec/2011 18:37:48

    Many thanks for adding your picture to the CANNON ROW NOW & THEN Pool.

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    • 09/Jul/2012 01:04:55

    In regard Jim Hobbins post above. In 1911 there were only four regiments of foot guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Irish). The Welsh Guards were not formed until 1915. As Jim pointed out, the ceremony is properly referred to as "Trooping the Colour" (singular). Only one regiment's Colour (flag or standard) is trooped (paraded before the assembled troops) each year.

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    Ryan (LOC P&P)

    • 10/Jul/2012 19:28:01

    Thank you all for sharing your interest and unique wisdom regarding the event depicted in the photo. Please keep the conversation going. I found a link that some of you may already know about that puts the date Bain used into question. indicates that there was no parade in 1911 because of the coronation of George V. And that George would have led the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards June 14, 1912.

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    Retired at last

    • 11/Jul/2012 12:18:20

    The site you quote s.htm has been edited. From the evidence of this photo and the report in The Times the site owner has looked into the matter further and concluded that a parade did take place in 1911. The ceremony took place on the 27th May 1911, a week before the king's actual birthday of 3rd June. The colours of the Scots Guards were trooped that year. There are reports in The Times (London). Unfortunately I can't provide links to the newspaper articles as the Times Archive is a subscription site. But a copy of the report is also on that site.

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    Ryan (LOC P&P)

    • 17/Jul/2012 21:53:27

    Indeed it has been edited, Retired at last. Count on the internet to work at lightening speed. Looks as though the Bain date was correct. I was able to get a copy of the report in the Times, so we'll add some of the information to the record for this photograph the next time we update. Great work, everyone.

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