Royal Navy sailors have made history by guarding Her Majesty The Queen for the very first time since its official formation in 1660.
Dozens of sailors from 45 Royal Navy ships learned the intricate routines and drill movements needed for Royal Duties at Buckingham Palace in London.
They spent weeks ‘square-bashing’ - training in military drill - at the Royal Navy’s Headquarters parade ground on Whale Island in Portsmouth, as well as providing the Guard for ceremonies over the Remembrance weekend in London.
Forces News reported last week how sailors had stepped up for the momentous occasion, and here Forces Radio BFBS talks to some of those personnel about their roles and duties in the occasion in interviews with Natasha Reneaux of BFBS Aldershot.
The Royal Family tweeted a very interesting fact about the Captain of the Queen’s Guard, Lieutenant Commander Steve Elliott who you can see being interviewed in the video above.
Drill instructors from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards assisted Royal Navy ceremonial parade staff to prepare for Changing The Guard and were impressed by the Royal Navy’s agility on the drill square. Colour Sergeant Elliott Fox said:
“The training has gone well, everyone’s applied themselves to a really high standard.
“The Royal Navy Ceremonial Instructors have put a lot of effort into making our job relatively easy.”
The Royal Navy has taken over from F Company Scots Guards. Captain Miguel Holloway, equerry to His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, had some words of encouragement for the sailors.
"I can only say that undertaking public duties is a real privilege and it compliments operational duties very well and for them to take that time to really enjoy their time here and savour the moment."
Taking on this public duty was a big deal for everyone who took part, especially this HMS Collingwood sailor who was hoping to make his family proud:
"It's such an honour for me because my Dad's an ex Guardsman and I'm following his footsteps. He's here today and he's going to watch me and I'm hoping he's proud."
Did you know? Changing The Guard can be traced back to Henry VII, when a royal bodyguard was created. Guards regiments formed to protect King Charles II in 1656.