Red Arrows flypast for King's birthday as Spitfires and Lancaster bombers join iconic jets over London

Members of the public cheer as they watch the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows during the King's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 17, 2023
-Credit: (Image: HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)

The iconic Red Arrows will soar across our skies once again to celebrate the birthday of King Charles III. As is tradition the King has two birthdays, one being the day he was born - November 14 - and the other being the official birthday of the British monarch - marked by Trooping the Colour.

Trooping the Colour, a ceremony where marching troops and those on horseback parade from Horseguards to the Palace, usually takes place on a Saturday in June which this year is Saturday, June 15. The official flypast with the Red Arrows will go over Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour, and it will feature the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) which includes a Lancaster bomber, usually flanked by 12 other aircraft - Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Dakota and a couple of DHC-1 Chipmunks.

More aircraft are yet to be confirmed but are sure to be involved. The website Military Airshows has shown the route that the aircraft are set to take and MyLondon has pulled together this info to show the route below.

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RAF flypast route

There will be restrictions on airspace as the aircraft make their way to Buckingham Palace. The route crosses multiple counties before entering London scheduled for 12.40pm.

It starts with the aircraft amassing over the water just off the coast of Suffolk around 11am. They will then come onto land, through Suffolk heading across Ipswich and then entering Essex around 12.35pm. The route goes over Colchester, then down past Chelmsford.

The aircraft will enter London from the North East, typically flying over the Hainault before making their way into the capital's centre via Stratford. This is expected at the earliest at 12.40pm with the flyover at Buckingham Palace scheduled for 1pm.

After Buckingham Palace the planes exit the city through the North West. At this stage the exact route over the city is vague so more places in London may get a chance to see the aircraft overhead.

Red Arrows doing their flyover
The flypast is scheduled to go over Buckingham Palace at 1pm -Credit:PA Wire

How to watch

You can head to Buckingham Palace to watch the whole parade for Trooping the Colour and can stand on The Mall or on the edge of St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade. You can also purchase seating in the grandstand surrounding Horse Guards Parade.

The whole show will also be broadcast live on the BBC if you would like to watch from the comfort of your home.

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