While London slept, the Armed Forces were rehearsing their movements for next week’s State Opening of Parliament event in the streets around Westminster. The Royal Horse Artillery and Cavalrymen were up just after one o’clock this morning preparing their horses but the effort is worth it because it meant that the Household Division was able to put the finishing touches to their precision procession on empty roads and with the minimum disruption to the capital’s normal routine.

The State Opening of Parliament is one of the most colourful events in the London Ceremonial calendar when all elements of the Army’s Household Division, and other elements of the Armed Forces, line the streets and escort Her Majesty The Queen from Buckingham Palace to the House of Lords. The State Opening marks the formal start of the new parliamentary session. The primary purpose of this colourful tradition is to set out the government’s legislative agenda to both Houses of Parliament in the Queen’s Speech.

Military units taking part this year are the Royal Navy, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards, F Company Scots Guards, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, the Honourable Artillery Company, the Royal Air Force, The Royal Artillery Band, Band of the Grenadier Guards, Band of the Coldstream Guards, Band of the Scots Guards, Band of the Irish Guards, Band of the Welsh Guards, with 10 Signal Regiment in support.

Hey, everyone! I’ll be gone for the next few months due to my Officer Leadership Course for the US Army. I won’t be able to keep track of you wonderful artists out there but drop a line or two when you get the time!

Take care always!

November 10, 1775: The U.S. Marine Corps Is Founded

On this day in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was founded. The birthplace of the Marines is tied to the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was used as a recruiting headquarters for the Revolutionary War in November of 1775. The Corps was later abolished at the war’s end, for economic reasons, and reestablished on July 11.

The Marine Corps celebrated its new birthday, or Marine Corps Day, on July 11 from 1799 until 1921. In 1921, the date was permanently changed to November 10 to commemorate the establishment of the Corps to aid in the Revolutionary War.

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Photo: Couresy of USMC War Memorial Night by Catie Drew.