A celebration of Britishness

A celebration of Britishness


There’s no greater spectacle than a trip to the Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping of the Colour.  This peculiarly British tradition takes place to celebrate the Queen’s “official” birthday in June (her real one is in April) – yet another example of why our nation is unique!

Almost two thousand officers and musicians will be rehearsing frantically for the big event but if you can’t make it on the day itself, the Changing of the Guard is just as wonderful a sight. The Foot Guards from the Household Division are instantly recognisable symbols of the British Monarchy in their bearskin hats and scarlet tunics.

Now our ducks love an excuse to dress up (not many birds would willingly wear colourful wellies like our Welly Ducks,!) so we’ve been inspired by our wonderful British traditions and given some of them a chance to don some rather splendid costumes.

Our Beefeater Duckling is thrilled with his gilded red uniform with black boots and hat – not to mention the finishing touch: a very grand neck ruff.

Or the Queen’s Guard Duckling is resplendent in hand painted red and black dress clothes, complete with that unmistakable  furry Busby hat.

We’ve noticed that Indian Runner ducks do like to keep the peace too so we weren’t surprised when they dressed up as an old fashioned “British Bobby”. Our Policeman duck will ensure proper crowd (or should that be flock) control at all times.

Our celebration of Britishness has really inspired a patriotic feeling here at Dcuk, but the concept is a hard one to define.  What do you think epitomises “Britishness”?  Some say it’s fish and chips, “rain stops play”, Wimbledon, or the Union Jack.  Let us know what being British means to you and we’ll share your thoughts on our Facebook page.


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