Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers guarding Buckingham Palace for first time in 30 years

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Photo credit: Corporal Adam Wakefield RLC - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Soldiers from Wiltshire based 4 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (4REME) have conducted their first Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and St James’ Palace for the first time in almost 30 years.

The REME have not conducted State Ceremonial Public Duties since 1992 and the soldiers have been brimming with anticipation after months of rigorous training.

Today marks the handover of the Queen’s Guard from the eponymous scarlet tunics and bearskins of the foot guards to the REME who will be guarding the Tower of London, St James Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace for the next two and a half months.

Leading them on to parade this morning was the British Army Band Tidworth who were also making history by being the first British Army Brass Band to have performed a Changing of the Guard.

As British Army Band Tidworth are co-located with 4REME in Wiltshire they have often worked together in the past and it is only fitting that the two Wiltshire Units work together on Public Duties.

The Bands of the Guards Regiments often have woodwind instruments included and produce a different sound, Brass Bands deliver a sharper, stronger sound to mark this momentous day.

Photo credits: Corporal Adam Wakefield RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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