Royal Navy

Historic first for sailors performing changing of the guard in London

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Forty-eight sailors from across the Royal Navy have taken their places in history on the forecourt of Her Majesty the Queen’s London residence, Buckingham Palace.

Changing the Guard can be traced back to King Henry VII, when a royal bodyguard was first created.

The ceremony is usually carried out by one of the five Foot Guards Regiments from the Army’s Household Division.

It is the first time in more than 400 years that Sailors have replaced Soldiers at the Palace.

Captain of the Queen’s Guard, Lieutenant Commander Steve Elliot said:

“The last time the Navy had an operational role guarding the Queen was with Elizabeth the first, when Sir Walter Raleigh was appointed Captain of the Queen’s Guard in 1587”.

The sailors will also be performing Royal Duties at St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.

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