Trooping the Color flypast 2024: route map, time, plane and how to watch

Trooping the Color is one of the biggest shows on the calendar with pomp and pageantry alongside members of the Royal Family appearing on the famous balcony of Buckingham Palace.

However, one of the key events of any Trooping the Color is the flyover of the Red Arrows, as they pass Buckingham Palace spraying the colors of the Union Jack. This moment often creates some of the most spectacular photos of the event.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming flypast, including the planned route, the plane involved, what time it will take place and the best way to watch it…

Planned route

The planes will take off from RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln, then head south towards the village of Little Hale, before turning east over Boston and around the Norfolk and Suffolk coast.

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The complete route of the Red Arrows

After flying over Southwold, the aircraft will then head west towards London, flying over Ipswich and directly over Colchester and Chelmsford. The planes will enter London around the Ilford area before flying over Buckingham Palace.

As they leave London, the planes will pass through Hounslow and Feltham before heading north over Windsor and Slough. Their route will continue in a straight line to Northampton, where they will adjust slightly and head towards Colsterworth.

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A map of the main route

After this they will pass Grantham before heading straight back towards RAF Waddington.


The training will be led by a group of Chinook helicopters and three Typhoons. The Typhoons will be led by Squadron Leader Andy Millikin, and this will be his last time flying a Typhoon as he reduces his RAF commitments.

The final aircraft will be the titular Red Arrows, which are Hawk T1s.

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The red arrows are Hawk T1s

Originally a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane were to take part in the ceremony as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. However, they withdrew following the tragic death of Squadron Leader Mark Long in a Spitfire accident on May 25.


The plane is expected to fly over Buckingham Palace at 1 p.m., entering London about 20 minutes early, at 12:40 p.m. People in Ipswich can expect to see the plane at 12.30pm, while people in Colchester and Chelmsford will see them around five minutes later.

How to watch

You can watch the flypast in person, but it’s advisable to get to the mall around 9 a.m. to get a good seat, with the full Trooping the Color ceremony starting at 10 a.m.

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The event will feature senior members of the royal family

However, if you don’t fancy being in the big crowds or can’t make it to London, BBC1 will be broadcasting the whole thing live from 10:30am, with coverage ending shortly after the flypast at 1:00pm .

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