The Royal Marines Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade takes place from 3 June to 4 June 2014 exhibiting colourful parades and precision drill work by more than 400 military personnel in the biggest ever display of Beating Retreat. Performed by the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, this spectacular military ceremony celebrates the birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (who is Captain General of the Royal Marines). 2014 also celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and as such the event will have additional attractions such as the Marines themselves, and Marine Corps bands from the United States and The Netherlands. If you are visiting London and if you wish to stay close to the scene of action in a comfortable place, it is best to book into a celebration hotel London such as Park Grand London Hotel that offers a luxurious stay in the heart of London.
The origins of this pageantry can be traced to the beginnings of organised warfare, when the end of a day’s fighting was signalled by beating or sounding retreat using drums. It was also a directive to the soldiers to return to their camp and for mounting a guard for the night. The Royal Marines Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade is a bright and stirring spectacle that is also a reminder of the proud traditions of the military.
The most recent parades were in June 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and in June 2014 in honour of the RM’s 350 years of service to the nation and also the first to feature bands from the United States Marine Corps and the Netherlands Marine Corps.
Visitors who wish to enjoy seeing this spectacular event should stay at a conveniently located celebration hotel London so that they can easily walk across to the venue.
Moreover, if they stay at a hotel like Park Grand London hotel, they can avail of celebration packages that are offered in order to get different discounts and freebies. Different types of special offers, packages and attractive deals are also available.