A ceremonial “Trooping of the Queen’s Colour” was conducted yesterday by the Corps of Staff Cadets (CSC) of the Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) for the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
The annual parade celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, who turned 93 this year.
The Reviewing Officer for the parade was His Excellency, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia. The Queen’s Birthday Parade marked the last time the Governor-General wore a military uniform before his retirement.
A graduate of the Royal Military College, the Governor-General said he was pleased to be the Reviewing Officer at the 65th Trooping of the Queen’s Colour at Royal Military College-Duntroon.
“It is over fifty-four years since I put on a uniform here at the Royal Military College as a Staff Cadet. It is to me most apt and very nostalgic to wear my uniform for the final time as Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief as we salute Australia’s sovereign,” he said.
Brigadier Rupert Hoskin AM, Commandant of the Royal Military College said the parade was a testament to the College’s proud history as the Army’s premier Officer training establishment.
“Governor-General Cosgrove has a special connection with Duntroon, being a graduate himself then later serving as the Commandant. It is a privilege for us to be able to mark this historic occasion and to pay our respects in this very special place,” Brigadier Hoskin said.
“The ‘Trooping of the Colour’ ceremony dates back to the 16th Century when, each evening, the Regiment’s Colour was escorted through the ranks of troops to ensure that soldiers would be able to recognise their Colour on the battlefield.
“Originally the Colour was the rally point, the focal point during the noise and confusion of battle. They provided inspiration and morale, and they are an incredibly important part of a military unit.”
“The Queen’s Colour was trooped for the first time at the Royal Military College on the Queen’s Birthday Parade in 1956, the tradition has since continued on an annual basis.”
The Staff Cadets who conducted the parade were supported by the RMC-D Band and Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) Gun Detachment.