Grenadier and Coldstream Guards get seal of approval for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ceremonial duties

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Photographer: Capt Meikle - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD news licence.

Yesterday (10 March) was The Grenadier and Coldstream Guards first Major General’s Inspection of 2022.

This involved the Major General and staff in full ceremonial gear watching and inspecting the two Regiments at separate times on the same day signing them off ready for ceremonial duties for the rest of the year. 

As this is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (QPJ) year, this sign off is hugely important and is the public’s first chance to learn about the Units which will be delivering State Ceremonial Public Duties (SCPD) during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and run-up events.

The Grenadier and Coldstream Guards first Major General’s Inspection of 2022. Photographer: Photo: Capt Meikle – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Soldiers, sailors and airmen will be central to this year’s Platinum Jubilee commemorations, which officially began on 6 February, Accession Day (the 70th anniversary of the day King George VI died) and when Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne.

Some of the Queen’s special projects have already begun, including the Queen’s Green Canopy, which invites people from across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’. The project will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Junior Soldiers from Army Foundation College in Harrogate helped launch the project in May, with six magnolia trees being planted in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore. The Army, and industry partners, will be planting 540 saplings and trees across the garrisons of Aldershot, Bulford, Tidworth and Warminster.

Whilst not all events are directly related to the Platinum Jubilee, many of them will have a significant jubilee theme running throughout, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show from 11 to 15 May 22.

As this is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, the sign off this week is hugely important and is the public’s first chance to learn about the Units which will be delivering State Ceremonial Public Duties (SCPD) during the QPJ and run-up events. Photographer: Photo: Capt Meikle – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Big Bank Holiday Weekend in June

Kicking off the four-day UK Bank Holiday weekend The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping The Colour, will take place on Thursday 2 June. It has moved from the traditional second Saturday in June to be held on the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1952.

Also, on 2 June, buglers and pipers will be supporting the lighting of Platinum Jubilee Beacons, being lit throughout the UK, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

On Friday 3 June, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

A magnificent event in the Jubilee weekend festivities is The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, being held on Sunday 5 June, including a military ceremonial parade down the Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Beating Retreat

Later in June Armed Forces Week will be held from 20 to 25 June, culminating in Armed Forces Day on the Saturday with the national event scheduled to take place in Scarborough.

There will be a Beating Retreat at Helles Barracks, Catterick, on 21 July, rounding off a two-week Corp of Drums concentration. Regular, Reservist and Cadet musicians will be taking part.

In August, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be staged from 5 to 27 August.

More events are being planned throughout this special year.

Find out more:

National and regional Platinum Jubilee events

Jubilee Medal

Trooping the Colour 

Source: MOD

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