What is the Cost of Trooping the Colour?

What is the Total Cost of Trooping the Colour Ceremonies?

The total cost to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of Trooping the Colour Ceremonies to celebrate the official birthday of the reigning sovereign is:

  • 2021: £59,662.70.
  • 2020: £3,242.68.
  • 2019: £24,600.54.


  1. Costs include: transport hire; fuel; crown feeding; temporary stables; and shells – but does not include salary costs.
  2. Totals for 2019 and 2020 do not include transport hire and some fuel costs.
  3. 2019 and 2020 do not include temporary stable costs but 2021 does.
  4. Policing costs are not covered by the MOD.
Trooping the Colour, London, June 2013.

What is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although its roots go back much earlier. On the battlefield, a regiment’s colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments’ colours.

Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign. It is held annually on the second Saturday in June, coinciding with publication of the Birthday Honours List, and usually takes place at Horse Guards Parade by St James’s Park, London. Among the audience are the Royal family, invited guests, ticket holders and the general public.


FOI 2021/06427 dated 13 July 2021.


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