Red Arrows 2024: When the flypast display will happen over London and best places to see it

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The Red Arrows display team is set to fly over Buckingham Palace for the King’s Birthday on Saturday - here’s the route they’ll be taking and when.

The Red Arrows display will take part in the Trooping the Colour flypast this weekend for the King’s Birthday celebrations.

As part of the festivities, the RAF's official aerobatic team will fly over Buckingham Palace, leaving their famous red, white and blue vapour trails behind in the sky.

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But their route to and from the palace will also see the Red Arrows cross over much of the capital, East Anglia and the East Midlands.

The Red Arrows display team is set to fly over Buckingham Palace for the King’s Birthday on SaturdayThe Red Arrows display team is set to fly over Buckingham Palace for the King’s Birthday on Saturday
The Red Arrows display team is set to fly over Buckingham Palace for the King’s Birthday on Saturday | AFP via Getty Images

When will the flypast display happen over London?

The flypast is expected to start at 1pm on Saturday June 15 with the first aircraft making their way over Buckingham Palace. 

The Red Arrow aerobatic display team are set to make their way over The Mall at 1.06pm to finish off the performance.

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What is the route?

The official route has been announced ahead of the Trooping of the Colour flypast by Military Air shows. The site has created a map revealing the flight path of the display team for Saturday June 15.

The Red Arrows will leave their RAF Waddington air base at 12.28pm before flying over Buckingham Palace at 1.06pm to finish off the flypast.

1.Waddington - 12.28pm

2. W of Martin- 12.30pm

3. S of Great Hale- 12.32pm

4. Over sea - 12.39pm

5. Over sea  - 12.44pm

6. Over sea - 12.49pm

7. Over sea - 12.51pm

8. Woodbridge - 12.55pm

9. Colchester  - 12.58pm

10. Kelvedon Hatch- 1.03pm

11. Fairlop - 1.04pm

12.Stratford Velodrome - 1.05pm

13. Buckingham Palace - 1.06pm

14. Belgravia- 1.07pm

15. Brentford- 1.08pm

16. Heathrow-1.09pm

17.Windsor Castle-1.10pm

18.Halton Camp-1.14pm

19. East Haddon- 1.20pm

20. Oakham- 1.25pm

21. Cottesmore Airfield- 1.26pm

22. Burton Coggles- 1.27pm

23. Belvoir- 1.29pm

24. Bassingham- 1.32pm

25. Lincoln- 1.33pm

26. RAF Waddington- 1.34pm

The timing and route may change due to weather or other requirements.

Where are the best places to see the flypast?

The best spots to view the flypast based previous years include the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

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Other spots people have gathered in the past include Trafalgar Square.

King’s birthday celebrations

The flypast has been a royal tradition for 110 years, with the display first taking place for King George V as part of the Trooping of the Colour in 1913.

The King’s birthday celebrations will also include a parade which will feature 250 musicians, 20 pipers, 240 military working horses and almost 1,000 dual role soldiers of the British Army’s Household Division.

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