Navy

Royal Navy Sailors Declared Ready To Guard Windsor Castle

The sailors will start guarding the castle - which is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions - next week.

A Royal Navy contingent has been declared ready to guard Windsor Castle after passing an inspection from the British Army.

First sentries from a division of 35 sailors, drawn from three fighting arms and establishments across the UK, will assume guard duties at the castle in Berkshire from 30 November to 21 December.

This marks the third year the Navy has provided guards to the Royal Palaces, however, the number of personnel trained for public duties has been reduced this year.

The group, which also paraded at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, has been training in a bubble ahead of the duties at Windsor.

The sailors passed the inspection from the Army's Household Division just south of Windsor Castle at Victoria Barracks, meaning they are capable of stepping in for Foot Guards.

The sailors will guard the castle from 30 November until 21 December (Picture: Royal Navy).

Captain of the Guard, Lieutenant Commander Oliver James, said: "It’s an immensely proud and privileged position to hold and it’ll be something to remember for the rest of my career.

"The inspection went really well, everyone has trained exceptionally hard for it."

Leading Chef (Submariner) James Ellison said: "To become part of the Queen’s Guard at Windsor Castle leading up to the Christmas period is a highlight of your career and a massive achievement for the Royal Navy."

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the castle is currently closed to visitors and there will be no musical support whenever the Royal Navy mounts or dismounts the guard.

Cover image: The Royal Navy contingent has been declared ready to guard Windsor Castle (Picture: Royal Navy).