BBC viewers bemoan Trooping the Colour coverage

BBC viewers bemoan Trooping the Colour coverage

06/02/2022

‘Too much waffling!’ BBC viewers bemoan Trooping the Colour coverage because hosts are ‘too busy chatting and missing the action’ – but laud red button option to turn off commentary

Early reaction from viewers to the BBC coverage of Trooping the Colour has been less than positive as people complain about ‘too much waffling’.

The BBC’s reporting of the event began at 10am today and viewers are already moaning that the hosts are ‘too busy talking and missing the action’.

However the broadcaster are offering an option to turn off the commentary by using the red button, which was warmly received by royal fanatics.

Oh dear! Early reaction from viewers to the BBC coverage of Trooping the Colour has been less than positive as people complain about ‘too much waffling’ (pictured Kirsty Young with Penelope Keith and Sir Michael Palin)

The first hour of the programming saw presenter Kirsty Young return to screens while the event was also hosted by veteran broadcaster Huw Edwards.

Kirsty was joined in the studio by actors Penelope Keith and Sir Michael Palin as they discussed the days proceedings.

Despite the return of BBC legends, many complained that the BBC ‘once again failed to provide pictures of the matching bands the Trooping the Colour’.

One person said: ‘We don’t want to see “celebrities” prattling, we want to see the soldiers.’

Missing out: The BBC’s reporting of the event began at 10am today and viewers are already moaning that the hosts are ‘too busy talking and missing the action’

Studio time: The first hour of the programming saw presenter Kirsty Young return to screens while the event was also hosted by veteran broadcaster Huw Edwards

Some viewers admitted they had already switched over to Sky News which they claimed had much better coverage of the royal event. 

Another said: ‘Watching Trooping the Colour on TV –  flicked between BBC and Sky and I am disappointed to have to say the coverage by Sky is far superior at this point in time.’ 

Switching off: However the broadcaster are offering an option to turn off the commentary by using the red button, which was warmly received by royal fanatics 

Oh dear! Early reaction from viewers to the BBC coverage of Trooping the Colour has been less than positive as people complain about ‘too much chatting’

Another person noted the ‘waffling’, and said: ‘It will be good to see Trooping the Colour in all its splendour after the minimalist versions of the last couple of years.

‘Hopefully less inconsequential waffle from the BBC than usual too.’

One other disappointed viewer said:  ‘Celebrations going on in London and BBC have 3 people  sat chatting we would rather see the public to get the atmosphere and build up to Trooping the Colour.’ 

The Queen’s birthday on June 2 sees her Household Division troops march and ride on Horse Guards Parade, with Her Majesty usually attending and taking the salute. 

The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsors. 

This year, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal rode on the parade as colonels of the Welsh Guards, the Irish Guards and the Blues and Royals.

Following Trooping the Colour, 16 family members will stand on the balcony: The Queen; Charles and Camilla; William and Kate with George, Charlotte and Louis; Edward and Sophie and their children Louise and James; Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Family affair: Following Trooping the Colour, 16 family members will stand on the balcony (pictured in 2019)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince Andrew and Prince Andrew’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, will not join the royal family there. 

Harry, Meghan and their children will attend the celebrations, but it is not known at which elements of the four-day Jubilee weekend they could make an appearance.

The balcony appearance, which is often seen as the centre-piece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Colour and weddings, usually sees the Queen’s extended family gather to watch a fly-past and is a rare chance for fans to see the entire extended family together. 

In paring the list down to just 16 people to avoid potential diplomatic pitfalls, the Queen has been forced to omit a number of well-liked family members including her much-loved grandchildren and their families. 

The special bank holiday weekend to mark Her Majesty’s astonishing 70 years on the throne has caused the UK to go ‘Jubilee-mad’ as people drape their gardens in Union flags and even knit life-sized figures of the beloved monarch.

A record 12million people are expected to hold parties in the Queen’s honour, in scenes sure to be reminiscent of the Coronation seven decades ago.

Crowds of royal ‘superfans’ lined the The Mall near Buckingham Palace early to get the best views for Trooping the Colour and a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch on Sunday.

RAF: The balcony appearance, which is often seen as the centre-piece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Colour and weddings, usually sees the Queen’s extended family gather to watch a fly-past and is a rare chance for fans to see the entire extended family together

The Queen, who enjoyed a pre-Jubilee break in Balmoral ahead of the weekend, has arrived at Windsor and is expected to delight crowds with an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony – at the start of celebrations after Trooping the Colour on Thursday. 

It is also expected that she will appear again on the balcony after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.

The monarch is also hoping to be able attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, with her wider family including – it is expected – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the Duke of York.

However, Prince Andrew is not expected to attend Trooping the Colour after being snubbed for the most important military event of the Jubilee.

The Platinum Jubilee is the first major milestone the Queen has celebrated without the Duke of Edinburgh, who was at her side during the ups and downs of her long reign. 

The Platinum Jubilee is the first major milestone the Queen has celebrated without the Duke of Edinburgh, who was at her side during the ups and downs of her long reign

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