A group of Canadian soldiers based in Manitoba made the trip across the pond to serve as the Queen’s Guard at a number of royal residences, including Buckingham Palace.
A contingent of the public service contingent of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has been invited by the Queen to form the Queen’s Guard in the United Kingdom, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the formation of A and B batteries of the Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA).
The group of 90 soldiers will serve at Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.
The group spent six weeks at CFB Shilo in Manitoba training before heading to the UK where they were officially declared fit for the role by senior officers from the British Army’s Household Division on Monday.
“Our soldiers have worked extremely hard over the past two months to be ready for public service,” said Master Warrant Officer Sgt. Major Jason Power of the CAR, said in a press release.
“When it comes to ceremonial duties, being in the Queen’s Guard is the greatest honor a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces can have, and that comes with a great sense of responsibility and pride.
The troops will serve in the Royal Residences in London and Windsor from October 4-22.