"We looked down the river and see'd the British come. And there must have been a hundred of''em beatin' on the drum. They stepped so high and they made the bugles ring. We stood by our cotton bales and didn't say a thing." - - Johnny Horton
Here undoubtedly without question another military best.
The British Army the BEST in the world at military pageantry.
The marching, the beatin' of drums, the bugles, the high-stepping, the bands, horses, ostentatious display of pageantry without equal in the world.
As I just saw on a public television broadcast just less than an hour ago. From the Queen's birthday in 2008, special display with a lot of attention to detail, much more than normal, always cannot fail to impress.
In particular on this occasion the massed troops of the Welsh Guards firing a feu de joie! A special bit of pageantry done only on a very rare event and date or to commemorate a special occurrence of great significance. The feu de joie having to be carefully rehearsed and practiced, a discharge of weapons by a massed body of troops, ripple fire and not a concerted single volley. So rare is the feu de joie that an observer may see this only once in their lifetime?
"A feu de joie (French: "fire of joy") is a rifle salute, described as a 'running fire of guns', on occasions of public rejoicing of nation and/or ruling dynasty"
These various displays of pageantry such as Trooping the Colour very important to the English, the traditions and ceremony in some cases over five hundred years old, perhaps even more in some cases. Things of whatever nature having an ancient lineage so beloved by the British.
"Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and the Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much earlier."
"Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign."
And in the case of Queen Elizabeth all this devotion and display is well merited? Elizabeth has reigned for a very long time now, one of the longest serving monarch in the history of the world, still spry and active and having her wits about her even in advanced age and doing the job well.
Her devoted servants and subjects showing their admiration in a remarkable and BEST manner!