Unique ceremonial honours bestowed on US Army Chief reinforcing the UK/US special relationship

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The United States Chief of the Army Staff, General Randy George hands a coin to a Guardsmen. Photographer: Sergeant Rob Kane UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 - MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

The United States Chief of the Army Staff, General Randy George, has experienced unique ceremonial honours from the British Army in Whitehall, reinforcing the UK/ US “special relationship”.

The US Army Chief is in the UK this week delivering the Kermit Roosevelt Lecture and holding bilateral meetings with his UK counterpart, General Sir Patrick Sanders, the Chief of the General Staff.

But the greatest honours were witnessed during the American General’s visit yesterday (Thursday) afternoon to Horse Guards, in Whitehall, the historic official entrance to London’s Royal Palaces and the Army Headquarters for London.

The United States Chief of the Army Staff, General Randy George is escorted along the rear rank of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards. Photographer: Sergeant Rob Kane UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 – MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

While there, he was invited to inspect not just one Foot Guards Guard of Honour, but unusually, as an additional honour, and as a unique signifier of the importance of our special relationship, he was invited to accompany the inspection of The King’s Life Guard of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment too.

After meeting the Major General Commanding The Household Division in the historic former offices of the Duke of Wellington, General Randy George was escorted to Horse Guards parade, where preparations have begun for Trooping of the Colour next month.

Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 – MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

There, an immaculate Guard of Honour by Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards presented themselves for inspection in their iconic scarlet tunics and black bearskin caps. They were accompanied on parade by the Band of the Welsh Guards, who played tunes that would have struck a familiar chord with the US General.

For the first time for a visiting VIP who is not the Head of State, the Band performed the National Anthem of the United States, and the Stars and Stripes US National flag was raised on the roof of Horse Guards.

Lance Sergeant Thomas raises the ‘Stars and Stripes’ over Horse Guards Parade. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 – MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

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