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1926-06-03 King George V’s birthday parade at Happy Valley

Political element always has a tradition related to horse racing. The last splendid view of the old Grandstand before the rebuilt after the 1918 Great Fire.
A piece of flat ground with excellent spectator facilities is valuable resource for horse racing sport, as well as large scale events and activities. In 1926, the celebration of British King George V’s birthday was moved to the Happy Valley Racecourse instead of the playground of the Hong Kong Cricket Club in Central as usual. The King’s birthday parade on 3 June was reviewed by Governor Sir Cecil Clementi, performed by some 1,900 uniformed officers and men from nine military squads and was by about 20,000 spectators.

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