Farewell to the Kings Troop
6 February 2012
Today North West London said goodbye to the Kings Troop who have remained in St John’s Wood for approximately 200 years. They are moving to Woolwich Arsenal this month. The procession started with pearly kings and queens walking down St John’s Wood High Street and speaking to the crowds of school children from the area who had been invited to sing custom made songs for the event, such as ‘It’s a long way to Woolwich Arsenal’ and ‘It’s The Kings Troop’s leaving day’ as well as classics such as ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘We’ll meet again’. The Marching Band also performed various tunes to send off the Kings Troop. Major Mark, commanding officer of the Kings troop, addressed the soldiers with a moving speech that was followed by the blessing given by Father Anders of St Johns Wood Church and read the Collect.
This event was in line with Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and to acknowledge this the troops rode to Green Park where they were to fire a gun salute in her honour. The pearly Kings and Queens also followed in their outfits of buttons and sequins. Although it was a sad event, there was a definite sense of patriotic pride for the troop as they came down the high street, children as young as five waved their flags with pride and cheered on the troop. Although after 200 years the Troop is leaving us physically, we will always be a part of their history and their memory.
James Hawke 8D