Royal Navy sailors are guarding Windsor Castle this week for only the third time in modern history.
A contingent of 37 sailors – drawn from across the Navy – have taken over Public Duties at the Queen’s Berkshire residence following an inspection by the Army.
The three officers, two senior ratings and 32 sailors are standing in for the Foot Guards this week and between December 13 and 21.
It is the third time since 2017 that the Royal Navy has provided guards to the Royal Palaces – although the scale has been reduced this year with a smaller division due to the pandemic.
Having paraded at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday the same group has remained in their ‘Covid bubble’ for training and were declared ready for the guarding duties following an inspection from the Army’s Household Division in Windsor’s Victoria Barracks.
“The guard is made up of sailors from ships, submarines and the Fleet Air Arm from across the country and for everyone, including myself, this is a new and exciting experience,” said Lieutenant Commander Oliver James, the Guard Commander.
“The sailors and training team worked exceptionally hard to prepare us to take on this responsibility and I am very proud of their efforts.”