Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace today for an extra special Changing the Guard.

For the first time in its 375-year history, Royal Navy sailors performed the Changing the Guard ceremony.

In total 86 sailors from 45 Royal Navy ships and establishments were involved in today’s intricate routine.

Prior to today they had spent one month practicing before being deemed fit to carry out the prestigious event.

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A smile was also exchanged as the Royal Navy makes history

Today, the Royal Navy decided to go with a more modern choice of music. The sailors marched to the Game of Thrones theme tune as spectators gathered around the palace gates to watch.

The sailors were trained at the Royal Navy headquarters in Portsmouth, with their new skills being polished by drill instructors from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

Traditionally the ceremony is performed by one of the five Foot Guards Regiments from the Army’s Household Division, and has been performed since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.

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AB Laura Suttle from HMS Nelson taking up the first guard

Speaking ahead of the event to Sky News, WO1 Eddie Wearing, the Royal Navy’s state ceremonial training officer said:

“It’s daunting, but I’m very excited.

"To be the conducting warrant officer for the first mount ever in the Royal Navy is a massive privilege and an honour to do. I'm really looking forward to it."

As well as being the first time the Royal Navy has taken part in the Changing the Guard ceremony, it is also the first time a woman has commanded the guard at Windsor Castle:

The Royal Navy took on Changing the Guard as part of the many events in 2017 to celebrate “The Year of the Navy”.

One solider from the Grenadier Guards wasn’t too worried they might be upstaged.

He said:

"We've been doing it for 300 years. It's about time we let [the Navy] have a turn."

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