Sailors from across the Royal Navy have been putting the finishing touches to their training ahead of their debut as members of the Queen's Guard.
It’s believed to be the first time in more than 400 years that sailors have replaced soldiers at Buckingham Palace.
“The last time the Royal Navy held the role of the Queen’s Guard – it was under the command of Sir Walter Raleigh”
The ceremonial duty comes at the end of what the Ministry of Defence has declared 'The Year of the Navy'
There are aspects of the assignment that are new to the Royal Navy but Lieutenant Commander Steve Elliott, who will be leading the sailors in the role of Captain of the Queen's Guard, is confident that weeks of drills will have prepared them.
“It’s been a little bit learn as we go along - I’m confident we’ll get it right”
The sailors have been put through their paces by drill instructors from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards to perfect their routines.
The first Royal Navy 'Changing the Guard' will take place at Buckingham Palace on Sunday November 26, followed by Windsor Castle on Monday November 27.