The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) Guard and the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Band will be performing at Windsor Castle this weekend.
This tasking comes from Her Majesty The Queen to grant Canada the opportunity to perform Public Duties. In 2017, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) was awarded this opportunity, as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) this summer.
‘’We are extremely proud to take part in the history of guarding Windsor Castle, The Royal Canadian Regiment Guard is proud to represent Canada in such a prestigious opportunity,” says, Captain Darrel Shepard, Captain of Windsor Castle Guard.
Spectators can expect to 18 guardsmen following a marching band of 35 through the King Henry VIII gateway. The tour of duty lasts between 24-48 hours where people will be able to get up close and have their picture taken with them.
The Changing of the Guard, also known as ‘Guard Mounting’, is a 45-minute ceremony, the handover of duties will take place, including the changeover of sentries. At the end of the ceremony, the old Guard will return to Victoria Barracks in Windsor Town. When The Queen is in the official residence, the parade takes place on the Castle Forecourt. This tradition has been carried out since 1660.
Changing the Guard takes place inside the Castle Precincts at 11:00 on Saturday, October 27.
Both regiments will also take part in various Remembrance week events and is invited to the Lord Mayor’s Show, the longest and oldest civic procession in the world. This is the first time a Canadian military unit has taken part in this event.
For more information, and schedule of events, visit the Household Division website here.
Soldiers from The Royal Canadian Regiment stand to attention during the Fit For Role inspection with Bayonets fixed to their C7/A2 rifles
Photo: The Army in London- HQ District