Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery demonstrate commitment to the crown by taking up the mantle of Queen’s Guard

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Band memebers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, seen here at Buckingham Palace in London today (04/10/2021). Photographer: Sergeant Donald C Todd, RLC - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

After passing their gruelling ‘Fit for Role’ inspection which tested their discipline, drill and uniform, soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery have taken over the honour of conducting Queen’s Guard at the Royal Palaces.

Soldiers from across the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA), in particular 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1RCHA) have flown in from Shilo, Manitoba in Canada to demonstrate their commitment to the crown by assuming the honour of Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.

Band memebers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, seen here at Buckingham Palace in London today (04/10/2021). 

In their blue uniforms headdress, soldiers from the RCA provided a stunning contrast to the scarlet tunics and bearskins of Coldstream Guards on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace and St James’ Palace where duties were formally handed over in a public demonstration of their skill and precision during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Image of the Coldstream Guards (red) handing over guard duties to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, at Buckingham Palace in London today (04/10/2021). 

This is a historic moment for the RCA as they have not had the privilege of performing ceremonial duties before and can usually be found manning their M777 Howitzers on the Canadian plains.

The assumption of Queen’s Guard is also part of the RCA’s UBIQUE 150 celebration, a year-long commemoration and celebration of the founding of A and B Batteries of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in 1871.

The establishment of A and B Batteries on Canadian soil is especially significant as it allowed for the country to bear responsibility for its own defence and laid the groundwork for political autonomy and furthermore helped to lay the groundwork for the Canadian Army.

Photo credits: Sergeant Donald C Todd, RLC
UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021
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