The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers is a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company.
Pikemen and Musketeers at the Company of Carmen Cartmarking Ceremony (Picture: Pikemen and Musketeers HAC).
The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers is a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) and one of only six royally warranted bodies in the UK.
The Royal Warrant was granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1955 but authorises the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers to parade no more than 63 members at any one time (that being the size of a company in the 17th century).
Only veteran members of the HAC, who have given years of exemplary service, are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers
All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held.
Their main task is providing a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London and escorting him when he is on official business.
The uniform members of the Company wear is identical to that worn by the HAC in the reign of Charles I in the 17th Century.
It comprises Venetian red tunics with white linen collars and cuffs and knee-length breeches.
Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breastplates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). They are armed with swords and pikes.
Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed black felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and rest and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles.