First transmitted in 1952, highlights of The Queen taking the salute on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, for the first annual parade in celebration of Her Majesty's birthday after she became sovereign. The 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards trooped the colour with The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Gloucester.

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Thu 5 Jun 1952 22:10
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This incomplete telerecording is a record of the first time Her Majesty The Queen took the salute as sovereign, her father having died three months earlier. It's not the full ceremony but it is the only surviving footage available. In 1952 only five guards were on parade instead of the usual eight - all but three battalions were serving overseas. The colour that was trooped then was The Queen’s colour of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards.

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PresenterMichael Henderson

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